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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mama's Bread and Butter Pickles

This is my Mama's favorite kind of pickle and her favorite recipe for them... I made a half batch today. I'm delivering some tomorrow! :-)

Bread & Butter Pickles

Use 4 quarts medium-sized, cucumbers sliced thin (do not peel). Make sure they are not seedy. Add 6 medium white onions, sliced thin, 2 peppers, chopped and 3 whole garlic cloves. Add 1/3 cup salt. Mix thoroughly. Let stand 4 hours in covered container with cracked ice. Drain well. Combine 5 cups sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric, 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed, 2 tablespoons mustard seed and 3 cups vinegar. Pour this over the cucumber mixture. Heat just to boiling point. Seal at once in hot sterilized jars.*

* These are very old recipes! Today's safety standards require you to use the water bath canning method for 10-15 minutes to insure a true seal.

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