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Not only are these homemade pickles easy and quick to make, they are better for you than store-bought pickles, and the taste and texture is better too! They are sweeter, crunchier (my favorite part!), and lower in sodium than your average store-bought Bread and Butter Pickles. I love making everything from scratch at home because I can control the ingredients that go into my food, and I know who has been handling it too. That's important to me.
I made these pickles up one day on a whim simply because I had a cucumber I needed to use up before it went bad. I didn't want it to go to waste, so I decided pickling it would be the perfect way to preserve it.
Pickling in a vinegar solution is a popular way to preserve food as few bacteria can survive in such an acidic environment. Additionally, pickling changes the taste and texture of the food. The cucumber I rescued went from a bright-colored, firm fruit with a slightly bitter taste that makes a nice salad topping, to a crispy Bread and Butter Pickle chip with a tangy sweet taste and dull green color that I want to devour on everything from sandwiches to hot dogs and even eat right out of the jar!!
Needless to say I'm a big fan of these Bread and Butter Pickles. Don is too. He pretty much ate these for lunch everyday, to the point I had to make more just to get the pictures in order to share them with you all! You want a little ham and cheese on your pickle sandwich, honey?? Although, these pickles should keep up to a month in the fridge, they didn't even last a week in our house! We gobbled them right up!! Thank goodness they are super easy to make, so it was no biggie to whip up another batch! Next time I'll double the recipe to share with friends and family!
Today the #SundaySupper Tastemakers are focusing on preserving summer's bounty with recipes like my Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles for saving the goodness of the season. Be sure to scroll down past my recipe where you'll find links to all of today's recipes. A big thank you goes out to our fabulous hosts, Stacy of Food Lust People Love and Heather of Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks, for making this event possible.
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Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles
- 1 large cucumber, sliced about 1/8" thickness
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- In a microwave safe bowl, mix the cucumber and onion slices with 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1/4 teaspoon celery seed, and 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric. Note: I used my Mandoline Slicer to slice the pickles. It makes quick work of the slicing and is easier to get the thickness right.
- Microwave on high 4 minutes and stir. Microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes more or until the cucumbers are tender and the onions are translucent. Stir again. Keep in mind microwave ovens vary in power, so adjust the time accordingly.
- Transfer to sterile mason jars using a Wide-Mouth Funnel. Seal and store in the refrigerator up to a month. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: Cucumber, Fresh, Fruit, Homemade, Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles, Pickles, Preserving, Sandwich, Sweet, Topping
recipe adapted from allrecipes.com Microwave Bread and Butter Pickles
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- Cherry Lemon Jam from Food Lust People Love
- Chocolate Blackberry Preserves from The Redhead Baker
- Gilded Bluebarb Jam from What Smells So Good?
- Hamburger Dill Chips from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Piri Piri Hot Sauce from Curious Cuisiniere
- Southwestern Salsa from The Freshman Cook
- Spiced Peach Jam from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Spiced Vanilla Rhubarb Jam from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Strawberry Balsamic Syrup from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Watermelon Butter from Palatable Pastime
- Blueberry Peach Fruit Roll-Ups from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Dried Pineapple from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Fermented Spicy Daikon Spears + A Cocktail from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Simple Pickled Cabbage from Simply Healthy Family
- How to Freeze Blueberries from Pies and Plots
- Peach Crisp from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Roast Tomato Soup with Basil-Butter Croutons from Caroline's Cooking
- Summer Veggies from Momma's Meals
- Raspberry Vinegar from Magnolia Days
- Black Radish Pickles from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Bread & Butter Pickles from Adventures in All Things Food
- Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles from Life Tastes Good
- Mustard Pickles from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Pickled Cherries with Five Spices from Nosh My Way
And for even more help and support
- 5 Food Preservation Tips from Sunday Supper Movement
To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
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