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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