Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mom's bread & butter pickles

In a large bowl, toss 7 cups sliced cucumber (don't peel) with 2 tablespoons of salt. Let sit for 15 minutes then squeeze water out or very briefly rinse. (Do NOT let soak for more than 15 minutes or it will make the pickles salty! I promise, I know what I am talking about. Yuck, salty sweet pickles.)

In a small bowl combine 2 cups sugar, 3/4 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cup water, and 1 tablspoon celery seeds (Note from Kari: I used 3/4 tsp celery salt). Add some sliced onion and green, yellow and red peppers (the peppers are optional; they make it "pretty" and colorful.)

Pour the sugar mixture over cucumbers and let sit on counter for 1-2 hours, stirring often. Scoop the cucumbers, onions and peppers into a sterilized jar and add vinegar mixture to cover. Keep refrigerated.


Fuji Mama said...

Once they go in the refrigerator are they ready to eat? Or do they need to marinate for a bit longer?

Jonathan & Kari said...

We ate some that evening, so a few hours later. They get better with time, but are certainly good to go within a few hours of making them.

I think next time I may cut back a little on the sugar, so if you don't like them too sweet you may want to.

Hope it goes well for you!

Mark and Kendra said...

I think these are my favorite food photos yet. So colorful! I tried a recipe similiar to this a couple of years ago and loved it. Thanks for the reminder!