Ask Cynthia a Question – September 27, 2012

Cindy 2003 Photo smallDenise’s question: I love bread and butter pickles. Any tips or canning recipes for the crunchy delights?

My answer: Gosh I haven’t made pickles for years and your question brought back fond memories of my kids and husband polishing off a quart of garlic dill pickles in one sitting. I made a lot of different types of pickles (garlic dills were my specialty) and honestly I never made bread and butter pickles, which leaves me without a personal recipe to share. Here are some recipes I found on-line: Smitten Kitchen, Recipe Girl, Taste of Home, and Mommy’s Kitchen that offer tempting recipes. I can’t guarantee the quality of these recipes but judging by other recipes on each site, their bread and butter pickle recipe should be a good place to start.

The only rule for making pickles is to start the pickling process the same day the cucumbers are picked. This is advice given to me by my aunt, Jo Grey, who was a master at making homemade pickles. It was a tip I always followed and the pickles I put up for winter were perfectly crisp and tangy every year. Either pick the cucumbers yourself or buy them from a trusted cucumber farmer. Good luck, and if you make the bread and butter pickles, I’d love to know how they turned out. Thank you, Denise, for your question and your interest in Ask Cynthia a Question.


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