Granny's Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

Here's how to make bread and butter pickles like your grandmother.

January/February 2015

  • Canning pickles elicits memories of Grandma.
    Photo by Fotolia/Pawel Burgiel

Yield: 6 pints

Granny’s bread and butter pickles


• 1 gallon cucumbers, sliced
• 8 medium onions, sliced
• 1/2 cup coarse salt
• 1 cup water
• 2-1/2 cups sugar
• 2-1/2 cups vinegar
• 1 tablespoon mustard seed
• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
• 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves


1. In large bowl, place cucumbers and onions. Dissolve salt in water; pour over cucumbers.

2. Cover with ice; weigh down. Let stand 3 hours.

3. In stockpot, combine sugar, vinegar and spices; bring to boil.

4. Drain vegetables and add to pot. Bring back to just short of boiling; do not boil vegetables.

5. Pack into hot jars and process in water bath for 15 minutes.

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Carol J. Alexander is the author of Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals. She writes and gardens in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Emily still does a lot of the cooking.