This recipe for old fashioned bread and butter pickles is easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought. Pickling is a great way to preserve excess cucumbers from the garden so they can be enjoyed over the winter months.
Bread and butter pickles are processed in a water bath canner so there’s no need to purchase an expensive pressure canner. The ingredients below can be easily increased depending on the amount of cucumbers you have to can.
Makes 2 ½ x 1 Pint (500ml) Jars. This recipe is both gluten and dairy free.
Continue reading for money saving ideas and tips on storing the pickles and sterilizing jars. There is also a PDF version at the end of this post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Storing Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pickles
You will know that the jars have sealed properly as the lids will make a pop noise as they cool and the middle of the lid will indent towards the jar. Sometimes lightly touching the middle circle will make them pop.
Canned bread and butter pickles can be stored for up to 2 years when stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Once opened store in the fridge then use within 3 weeks.
Save money by growing your own cucumbers in your backyard. They grow on a vine which will climb up a support such as a wire fence which means they don’t take up a lot of room. Cucumbers provide continuous picking making them a valuable food crop during the warmer months. See this guide to Growing Cucumbers from Seed for more information.
Alternatively, look for specials on cucumbers at the store usually in the late summer when they are bountiful. Sometimes you can find imperfect cucumbers which are perfect for pickling. Simply slice off any bug marks on the outside of the cucumber before pickling. Old fashioned bread and butter pickles can be made with any variety of cucumber.
Buy pickling ingredients such as sugar and white vinegar in bulk packs. This pack of 2 128 oz. jugs of distilled all natural white vinegar from Lucy’s is highly rated. (Paid link)
Pickling food you have grown is a great way to preserve food for the months to come when the garden begins to look sad. This is how people in the past have ensured they have enough food to last over the winter. For more information on preserving food see the Food Preservation guide.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
Sterilizing Jars and Lids
Place jars on a rack in a tall saucepan then fill each jar with hot water so they don’t float. Continue filling the saucepan with water until the level is above the jars. Place the lids in the water then bring to a boil.
Continue to boil for 10 minutes then remove from the heat and carefully take out of the water with clean tongs emptying the water out of the jars. Place jars and lids on a baking tray then place in a preheated oven at least 100°C (215°F) until ready to fill.
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