Bread and Butter Pickles

My grandma Erma was an amazing woman.  She was a master of all things kitchen related.  She grew her own fruits and vegetables and canned like a mad woman when things were in season.  She made all her own bread.   She loved making desserts.  Dinner wasn’t complete unless she’d made a cake, pie or Jell-O mold.  She was strong as a horse and she could easily arm wrestle me under the table. 
1950's Kerr Home Canning BookMy Grandma passed away a few years ago, but I’m lucky enough to have inherited her recipes.  This weekend, I decided to try making one of her specialties:  Bread and Butter Pickles.  The recipe is from this 1950’s Kerr Home Canning Book. 

Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe I love that the book is all splattered from years of use.  She’d written notes to herself in the margins.  I feel happy just seeing her handwriting.

Veggies for pickles I sliced the cucumbers, onions and peppers, salted them and let them stand for several hours. 

Simmering in the pot After rinsing and draining, I added the veggies to the boiling mixture of vinegar, sugar and spices. 

Hot water bath Then I processed them for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. 

Finished!  Bread and Butter Pickles They turned out great!  I think my Grandma would be proud.  I felt like she was with me in the kitchen when I was making these.  Finally, Bread and Butter Pickles, just like Grandma used to make!

Do you have any treasured recipes that have been handed down to you?

10 thoughts on “Bread and Butter Pickles

  1. oh, i love to see others canning too! growing up my family never canned. my husbands family on the other hand canned a ton! i have loved all the hard work that is involved in growing and preserving our food. the kerr book is absolutely priceless, thanks for sharing!!

  2. Cool, I love bread and butter pickles! I have never canned anything other then jam before, and this makes me a bit nervous I don't know why LOL. I would really like to start canning more, I actually really enjoyed it. I love the old cookbook BTW. How wonderful that you have your Grandmothers old cookbook!

  3. I so look forward to growing our own cucumbers this year and making these. Have always loved them, and am sure there is nothing like making your own 🙂

  4. LOVE the old recipe, splashes and all. Those are by far the most precious. I have the hand-written recipe card with my mother's instructions for pumpkin pie, written nearly 40 years ago. In typical fashion, she includes plenty of helpful tips, such as: "Now, honey, be sure to mix the spices into the pumpkin and egg mixture before you add the milk. Otherwise the spices will float on top – funny looking pie!"

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