Bread and Butter Pickles are prized for their sweet and sour tang.  I suppose because the only thing else you’ll need is some bread and butter and voila! Lunch.  (At least that’s my guess.)


Makes 16 cups or 8 pints of pickles

16 c. zucchini sliced into 1/8” disks (about 12 regular sized)
4 c. thinly sliced white onions (about 2 large)
½ c. kosher salt
3 c. white vinegar
1 ½  c. sugar
2 T. celery seed
4 T. mustard seed
1 T. turmeric

1. Place a large colander or sieve over a large bowl. Place the zucchini and onion slices in the colander, sprinkle with ½ c. kosher salt, toss with your hands. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow the salt to extract excess moisture. Rinse the zucchini and onion under cold running water. Spread out on a clean dishtowel and pat dry.

2.Prepare your jars for canning: wash jars well in dish soap, rinse and place right side up in a large pot in water to completely cover by 1”–2“.  Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a low and simmer, covered, at least 10 minutes. Leave the jars in simmering water until you are ready to fill them.

3. Prepare lids: wash and rinse the flat lids and the round screw-on bands. Set bands aside; place the lids in a small pan and cover with boiling water.  Simmer for 5 minutes; let lids rest in the hot water until ready to use.

4. Place a large, heavy pot on the stove top. Put in the vinegar, sugar, celery seed, mustard seed and turmeric. Turn heat to medium high and stir while bringing to a boil. The sugar will be completely dissolved.

5. Add the sliced, drained zucchini and onions. Stir gently and cook for 10 minutes. The zucchini and onions will become limp.

6. Remove the jars from the hot water using tongs. Do not pour out the hot water from the pot; this water will be used for the hot-water bath. Ladle the hot pickles into the hot jars, leaving 1/2” space at the top. Use a clean dishtowel to wipe any relish or liquid from the lip of the jars. Take the clean lids from their sterilizing water and place lids on the jars, rubber side down. Screw the bands on the lids until hand-tight. Using tongs, lower the filled, sealed jars into the hot water. Bring to a boil and process in the boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

7. Remove the jars, using tongs, and let them cool on the countertop. As they cool you will hear a pop from each jar. When cool the center of the lids will be rigid and not flex when you push down on them.  This mean the vacuum seal has been effective. These jars are safe to store in cabinet for up to one 1 year.

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Written by on September 6, 2012 under ALL RECIPES, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relish.

  • aghbarr

    When you say 4T. mustard seed, what quantity do you mean?

    • http://www.spectacularlydelicious.com Sean

      Hi, I use T. for tablespoon and t. for teaspoon. FYI moving forward I’m using the full words in record. Thx

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