Nana Recipe Wednesday–Bread ‘n Butter Pickles

by Sarah on August 18, 2010

Here’s the Singleton family, on summer vacation.   The girls look so cute, but what happened to the dudes?

I’m overrun with cucumbers, so I decided it was time to make some pickles.  And why not make some of Nana’s pickles?  Nana had a million recipes for pickles.  Dill pickles, kosher dills, garlic dills, sweet pickles, half sours.  But what I think what we’ll make today are bread and butter pickles.

First, scrub and slice 6 lbs cucumbers.

It really looks like a lot of cucumber.

Slice 2 lbs onions and then soak the cucumbers and onions in a solution of salt water and ice.  Let soak for 3 hours.

When the cukes are done soaking, drain them and get the brine going.

To 3 pints white vinegar, add 3 lbs sugar.

Add celery seed, mustard seed, pickling spice and whole turmeric.  I don’t know if you noticed here, but I didn’t have and couldn’t find whole turmeric so I used ground.

Bring the liquid to a boil and let boil for one minute.  Add the cucumbers and onions and bring back to a boil–boil for 3 minutes.

When done, put pickles in jars and process for 10 minutes.

I love the yellowish tinge they get from the turmeric.  Sweet and tangy pickely goodness!

Nana's Bread ‘n Butter Pickles


  • 2 lbs onions, sliced
  • 6 lbs cucumbers, scrubbed and sliced
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3 pints white vinegar
  • 3 lbs white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp celery seed
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seed
  • 1/2 can pickling spice (I used 1/2 the larger plastic Schilling bottle--I don't think they make it in the old cans anymore)
  • 1 Tbsp whole turmeric (I used ground, it was all I could find)


  • Soak onions and cucumbers in 9 cups cold water with the salt. Add ice and let soak at least 3 hours. Drain.
  • Bring the vinegar, sugar and spices to a boil and let boil for one minute. Add the cucumbers and onions and bring back to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes.
  • Add hot pickles to jars, leaving 1 cm headroom. Process for 10 minutes.
  • Makes 3-4 quarts pickles.

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