Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Bread and Butter Pickles

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 51 min
  • Prep: 36 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: about 4 pints
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1 1/4 pounds Kirby cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 onion, sliced very thin

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 cups ice cubes

1 cup cider vinegar

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste


  1. In a large bowl combine the cucumbers and onion, sprinkle with salt, and toss well. Add the ice cubes and chill, covered, overnight.
  2. Drain the mixture in a colander and rinse under cold water. In a saucepan bring the remaining ingredients to a boil, stirring. Add the cucumbers and onions and bring to just a simmer, stirring. Transfer to a bowl and cool. Chill the pickles, covered, for 24 hours.
  3. The pickles can be made 1 week ahead and kept refrigerated, covered. Or, spoon the hot pickles into sterilized 1-pint Mason-type jars, filling the jars to within 1/2-inch of the top. Seal with the lids. Put the jars on a rack in a kettle and pour in enough hot water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Transfer the jars with tongs to a rack and cool. Store in a cool, dark, dry place.

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