Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe

This bread and butter pickle recipe is easy to make.   Great for topping sandwiches or just munching.  A great sweet pickle to add to potato salad recipes too.


Gather your canning supplies


  • 4 pounds pickling cucumbers,
  • 2 pounds onions
  • 1/3 cup canning salt
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 T mustard seed
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp peppercorns

Start by preparing jars, and get water in your canner heating. 

(see Water Bath Canning for full directions)


Wash cucumbers. Thinly slice both cucumbers and onions.

I like to use my pampered chef crinkle cutter for making crinkle slices. 

I also have a mandolin slicer that I used this time. t is great for making thin even slices. It comes with a straight edge too but for this purpose I like the crinkly cuts. 

Combine layers of cucumber onion and salt to a large bowl. Cover with Ice cubes and let sit for 1 - 2 hours.

Place vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, turmeric, celery seed, ginger and peppercorns in a large pot and bring to a boil. 

Drain and rinse cucumber and onion. Add to vinegar mixture and return to a boil. 

Pack into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. 

This will make about 7 pints. Remove air bubbles with a plastic knife or other small tool. I like to use an orange peeler.

Wipe rims clean and process according to water bath canning directions. 

This makes 6 pints. 


processing time is the same for pints or quarts 

Be sure to adjust processing according to your altitude. For more information see this altitude adjustments page.

Pints or Quarts process 

  • Elevation  0-1,000 process 10 minutes 
  • Elevation 1,001-6,000 process 15 minutes
  • Elevation above 6,000 process 20 minutes 

Adapted from the Ball Blue Book

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