Candy’s Famous Bread and Butter Pickles

DSC_0021My sister makes the best bread and butter pickles.  I seldom make comments like this, but they are seriously that good.   I’m determined to put up everything coming out of my garden this summer.

Here is the closest variation of her recipe.  I have to say closest as she doesn’t measure and if you turn your back she will throw a few more spices in the pot and giggle. She’s stealthy that way.   She also does ARMY batches so I had to break it down into a more managable ratio.

What you will need

1 Jar Pickling Spices
2 Tablespoons Red Pepper Flakes (if you don’t like it spicy than reduce this)
1 Sweet Onion
4 large Cucumbers
2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar (NO DO NOT USE REGULAR)
2 cups Raw sugar
Salt
Canning Jars and Rims
Oven or pot to sterilize jars

 

IMG_2959First cut up your cucumbers and onions and toss in a couple tablespoons of salt.

IMG_2960Place cheesecloth on top of pickles and onions and cover with ice.  I threw mine in the fridge to chill while I ran errands.

IMG_2962Place your pickling spice and red pepper flakes in a sauce pot. If you wish to add additional spices like Cinnamon and mustard seed now is the time.

IMG_2963You will add your equal parts of sugar and apple cider vinegar to your pan. You can use regular sugar, I prefer raw sugar.

IMG_2964Place pot on stove and bring to boil.

IMG_2971When you removed your pickles and onions from fridge they will have sweat a great deal.  Drain the liquid off and then place them in our pot with your marinade.

DSC_0019Bring to a boil and allow to sit.  This is where you will want to taste your liquid to make sure it’s spicy enough.

IMG_2973You will want to sterilize your jars and rims. You can process them in a hot water bath or rinse them in hot water and place in 200 degree oven for 10 minutes.

DSC_0021Ladle your pickles into jars and then add juice.  Process in water bath for 20 minutes.

DSC_0027The perfect bread and butter pickles.