Bread and Butter Pickles

And the last of my week-end of canning stuff according to my grand-mother’s recipe (for the first two installments see the Sweet Relish and Fruit Ketchup). These  are crunchy and sweet bread and butter pickles. I made small round slices, but you can make long slices to put on sandwiches.

Total Yield : 7-8 pints.

Ingredients :
8 lbs small pickling cucumbers
4 onions
1/2 cup salt
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
5 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoon celery seeds
2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
5 cups white vinegar
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1. Wash and brush the cucumbers. Remove both ends. Slice thinly (I used a mandoline). Dice the red and green bell peppers and 4 onions and add to the bowl.
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2. Add 1/2 cup salt.
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3. Add water to cover the vegetables. Then crack a tray of ice or two over them.
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4. Put something over the whole mess then weigh it down (here using a full jug of vinegar as a weight).
Leave to brine for 2 hours, turning over the layers once in a while.
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5. Here is after the two hours. I was able to switch my plate after 30 minutes to get better compression.
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6. In a large pot, combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seed, cloves and turmeric. Bring to a boil
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7. Remove the weight from the vegetables. Drain the brine. Rinse twice with clear water and drain well.
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8. Scald 7 jars. Stuff the vegetables into the jar. Depending on how much water you got out of them your yield might be 7 or 8 pints.
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9. Cover with the vinegar pickling liquid,
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10. Process for 10 minutes then allow to cool fully.
(And yes, I totally lost the light for this).
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Sweet Relish

Continuing my condiment making from the Fruit Keptchup. This relish is perfect for burgers and hot-dogs.

Total Yield : 3.5 pints (7 half pint jars)

Ingredients :
2 lbs small pickling cucumbers
2 onions
6 green bell peppers
1/2 cup salt
5-6 cups sugar
2 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
4 cups white vinegar
* optional: green food coloring
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1. In a large bowl combine the vegetables.
I ran the onions and bell peppers in the food processor because I’m lazy but diced the cucumber.
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2. Add the salt.
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3. Cover with cold water. Mix well.
Set aside to brine/macerate for 12 hours.
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4. When everything had time to make friends in the salt bath. drain everything. Press down on the vegetables to extract as much water as you can.
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5. Add 5-6 cups sugar (depending on how tangy you like it).
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6. Add the spices.
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7. Add the white vinegar.
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8. Stir to combine. Turn the heat on to a medium-low and allow to reduce for 1-2 hours.
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9. Once reduced it will look like this.
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10. Totally optional, but you can add a few drops of green food coloring at this point to bring back the green of the vegetables vs the yellow of the turmeric.
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11.Scald 7 half pint jars. Distribute the relish into the jar.
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12. Process for 10 minutes then allow to cool fully.
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Bread and Butter Pickles

I eat pickles as a snack, often instead of eating chips. So we made a large batch of these. Like the salsa I’ll list the original recipe, but the pictures will reflect the many fold recipe we made. The recipe is originally from”Tart and Sweet” by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler.

Ingredients
2 cups white wine vinegar
2 cups rice vinegar
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
1/3 cup kosher salt
6 lbs cucumber, ends trimmed
2 white onions, thinly sliced

Per jar:
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed
1/2 tablespoon brown mustard seed
2 teaspoons chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed

*Makes approximately 6 quarts*
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1. Cut the cucumbers into 1/4 inch rounds.
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2. Bring the vinegars, sugar, water, and salt to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.

3. Place the garlic and spices into each hot jar.
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4.Pack the cucumbers and onions in as tightly as possible without crushing.
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5.Pour in the boiling brine, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Make sure the cucumbers and onions are submerged in brine, and check for air bubbles.

6. Process for 10 minutes in boiling hot water.
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