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Granny's Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

These bread and butter pickles are a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. Perfect for topping your favorite burgers or adding to salads.
Prep Time3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread butter pickles
Servings: 5 pint jars
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life



Prepare your cucumbers and onions:

  • Wash cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch slices discarding ends. Peel and thinly slice onions. Combine sliced cucumber and onions a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle canning salt over the top of the cucumbers and onions, cover with ice and water, and let stand for 3 hours.

Prepare your canning equipment:

  • Wash your jars and lids in warm, soapy water and rinsing thoroughly.
  • Place jar rack into water bath canner, set jars in the canner, add water to cover jars, and boil jars for 10 minutes to sterilize. 
  • Warm your lids in a small pot of water over low heat. Keep jars and lids warm until ready to use.

Make your bread and butter pickles

  • In a large pot, combine sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, ground turmeric, peppercorns, and vinegar. Heat just to a boil.
  • Drain and rinse the cucumber and onions under fresh water. Add the drained cucumber and onion slices to the large pot and return to boil. Reduce heat and keep warm as you fill your jars.

Can your bread and butter pickles

  • Spread a kitchen towel on the counter. Use your jar lifter to remove the warm jars from canner. Drain and line up the jars on the towel. 
  • Use your canning funnel and ladle to, add the hot cucumbers and onions loosely into hot jars leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
  • Ladle the hot liquid over the pickles maintaining 1/2 inch of headspace. Remove air bubbles with the bubble popper and wipe the rims. Use your magnetic lid lifter to lift lids out of the warm water, center lid on the jar, and screw on band until it is fingertip tight.
  • Using jar lifter, place jars carefully into water bath canner on the jar rack leaving space in between them. Once jars are all in canner, adjust the water level so it is 2-inches over the tops of the jars. If adding water, use the hot water from your small pot.
  • Cover the canning pot and bring the water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Once water boils vigorously, start your timer and process pickles for 10 minutes at altitudes of less than 1,000 ft. (See note below for altitude adjustments)
  • When processing time is complete, turn off heat and allow the canner to cool down for 5-minutes. Spread a kitchen towel on the counter. Use a jar lifter to lift jars carefully from canner and place on the towel. Allow the jars to cool for 12 to 24-hours. You should hear the satisfactory “ping” of the jar lids sealing.
  • After 12 to 24-hours, check to be sure jar lids have sealed by pushing on the center of the lid. The lid should not pop up. If the lid flexes up and down, it did not seal. Refrigerate jar and use up within a few days.
  • Remove the screw on bands and wash the jars. Label and date the jars. Store in a cool, dark location. Allow 4-5 weeks for the pickles to develop their flavor. Use within a year.
  • Makes about 5 pint jars depending on the size of your slices.


  • This is a tested safe canning recipe from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. Altering the recipe may make it unsafe for canning.
  • All times are at altitudes of less than 1,000 ft. Adjustments must be made for altitudes greater than 1,000 ft. Processing time for altitudes of 1,001 - 6,000 ft is 15 minutes, and above 6,000 feet is 20 minutes.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 457mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.2mg