As promised from last week’s dill pickle blog, I was going to share another pickle recipe. Bread and butter pickles. This recipe is great for making some sweet, tangy, crisp, and delicious bread and butter pickles!
The last time I made bread and butter pickles…
Last year, when we made some bread and butter pickles, I was super excited about it. But when tasting them it quickly turned to disappointment. They had way too much onion flavor and were kind of mushy. We eat a lot of pickles in this family and bread and butter pickles are a favorite for the majority of us, so this was a huge disappointment. We didn’t even eat more than that first jar – or did we even finish it? No, we probably did, we do hate to waste food in this homestead.
I’m going to make a change…
This year I was determined to find a good recipe. I decided I would make several small batches of pickles using different recipes. But, just like my dill pickle recipe, after trying the first batch I was super excited. They tasted so good, I didn’t even need to try any other recipes. I KNOW we finished this jar. We went through it in only one sitting!
Well, perhaps I shouldn’t say I found the perfect recipe first off. I couldn’t even find a recipe that sounded ideal to me. In my quest for perfection, I decided to slightly modify a recipe I found that looked close to what I wanted. I used a lot less onion than the original recipe called for and didn’t cook the cucumbers in the vinegar mixture. I just packed the cucumbers in the jar and then poured the vinegar mixture over them. This was easy and worked out marvelous. I also soaked the cucumbers in pickling lime and water for that extra crispness I mentioned in my last post, too, instead of the salt and ice.
Now for the perfect perfection of my bread and butter pickles! Organic!
I decided to try making these pickles completely organic. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find organic mustard seed at any store and organic white vinegar is also hard to find and expensive. So, I decided to try using mustard powder and organic apple cider vinegar. The organic pickles turned out fantastic! Some might think they have a slightly different taste from normal ones due to the change of using the apple cider vinegar, but they are still delicious!
Now onto the recipe!
Here is the recipe I used to make the pickles. Please read the notes at the end of the recipe. I’m adding information for an organic option.
I hope you try these pickles and enjoy them as much as I do!