Spicy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

August 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

I think I am not alone in my love for pickles. I think I am also not alone in my cravings for salty, sweet, sour, spicy food.  I remember even as a child going back and forth from eating a piece of fruit, to eating cheese, and then eating a dill pickle, and then if I was still hungry, I would eat another piece of fruit. My born, and raised in Southern Mississippi Mother, taught me to eat lemon wedges fresh out of iced tea, with salt on them, and I still eat them that way today, and think of her(I hope my dentist is not reading this).  I also have memories in college of eating chocolate with friends, and then some corn chips, or salt and vinegar potato chips, with onion dip, and then a few minutes later eating chocolate again, all to try and satisfy our sweet, savory cravings(hmmm…that would probably explain the ten pounds I put on freshman year).

Pickling Cucumbers

I have been making these bread and butter pickles over the last three years, they have evolved over time, depending on what is in my pantry, to become my own.  It has always worked out, with little effort,  and produces delicious, crunchy, sour, sweet, spicy pickles. I have offered up these pickles at countless BBQ’s, and have  given them as gifts. Friends have always ask me for the recipe. I have never tried to can them, for long term storage, because what would be the point, they truly never last that long.

Pickling Cucumbers Sliced

Starting with fresh pickling cucumbers, that do not have bitter skin is the key to ultimate pickle success. I always eat one of the cucumbers in the batch before I start the process for quality control.

Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

If you love bread and butter pickles as much as my family and I do, then I urge you to try this recipe. Feel free to double the batch, as I am positive you will find that they absolutely satisfy your salty, sweet, sour, spicy, cravings, not to mention they are totally addictive. This recipe is adapted from  Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles.

Spicy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles
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Recipe type: Appetizers, Condiments, Snack
Author: Jillian
Serves: 1-10
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds sliced pickling cucumbers
  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar(I used Bragg)
  • 1 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 medium onions, sliced thin
  • 1 cup sugar(I used beet sugar, and have used cane sugar in the past)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes(add more if you like super spicy)
Instructions
  1. Rinse cucumbers in cold water
  2. Slice ends off cucumbers, and slice the rest into 1/4 inch slices
  3. Use stockpot and add to it cucumbers, onion, vinegars, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, dry mustard, crushed red pepper, and celery seed
  4. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring frequently
  5. Boil for exactly 1 minute
  6. Take off heat
  7. Pour into bowl, sitting on top of ice filled bowl, and stir until cooled
  8. Ladle pickles into two clean quart sized, wide mouth mason jars
  9. Pour vinegar mix over pickles and screw on lids.
  10. Place in refrigerator up to 4 hours, or overnight
  11. Enjoy for 3-4 weeks(mine never last that long)
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2 Responses so far.

  1. These look great! Are bread and butter pickles the kind that are sweet? I really need to find a dill refrigerator pickle. We love pickles!

    ~Angela~

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