These pickles are perfectly sweet and tangy. They pair nicely with sandwiches, burgers, and vegetables or dress up your charcuterie board with these unexpected treats! Once you have sealed the jars, you will have bread and butter pickles waiting on you all year.
5-7mediumonions sliced, Vidalia or other sweet variety
2Red Pepperssliced or chopped
Chopped Iceenough to cover the veggies
Vinegar and Spice Mixture
1 cupWaterfiltered or spring water
4 Hours Before Canning
Place sliced cucumbers, onions, and peppers in a large pan or bowl and cover with 1/2 cup pickling salt and chopped ice for 4 hours. 'Drain after 4 hours.
Get Ready to Can
Combine the sugar and spices.
Mix vinegar, water, and sugar/spice mixture in a large pan. Add the cucumber mixture.
Boil together for 3 minutes.
Begin filling your jars. Leave about 1/2 inch space on top.
Top each jar with sterilized lids and rings. Tighten the rings before next step.
To seal, place jars in a water bath:1/2 pint jars= 5 minutes in water bathPint jars= 10 minutes in water bathQuart jars= 15 minutes in water bath(See notes below for details about a water bath)
Carefully remove hot jars from the water bath and place on a towel to cool completely.
A few tips...
You will need about 20-24, 4" pickling cucumbers to equal a pound. This will make approximately 16, 1/2 pints or 8 pints of pickles.
Be sure to use pickling salt and not regular salt to prevent your pickles from becoming cloudy.
Use filtered or spring water. Using faucet water may add unwanted chlorine or additives.
Before placing the flat lids on the jars, be sure to wipe the rims with a damp cloth. This will ensure a safe seal.
A water bath consists of warm, filled jars covered in water (just enough to cover). I place my jars in warm water. I do not recommend adding warm jars to cold water! Bring to a boil and let simmer for appropriate time.
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