Southern Bread & Butter Pickles

"My mother-in-law shared this recipe with me years ago. I make them every summer when our cucumbers start coming out of our garden. These pickles keep for 9 months in the refrigerator but mine never last that long!"
photo by PCrocker photo by PCrocker
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Ready In:
1 gallon




  • Wash cucumbers and slice thinly.
  • Peel onions, slice and seperate into rings.
  • Pack clean gallon jar with layers of cucumbers and onion rings.
  • In a saucepan, heat remaining ingredients until just boiling.
  • Pour over cucumbers and onions in jar and cover with lid.
  • Let cool and refrigerate.
  • The amount of cucumbers is approximate because the yield is dependent on the size of cucumbers you use.

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  1. I have been browsing this site for recipes for a long time. I finally registered so I could comment on this recipe. It is outstanding. The sugar balances the tartness of the vinegar and is necessary. They are by no means sweet candied pickles. If you like good country pickles these are it. Thanks for posting, PCrocker.
  2. Really good! Definately not candied pickles but I did cut the sugar down to 2 cups after the first batch came out too sweet for my taste (although not too sweet for others). I gave the second batch as gifts and everyone raved about them!
  3. Terriffic! Easy and crisp. Perfect for those times when you don't get a large yeild at one time from the garden. I have given this recipe out 3 times already.
  4. delicious!!! i will be using this recipe from now on!
  5. Ever since I got this recipe back in 2004, I have made these evey year and would not change a thing. All my friends and family LOVES them.Thanks PCrocker for this recipe and all your others!!


I was born in Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up watching my grandmother bake bread and knit. <br>I now live in a friendly little town on the coast of North Carolina. I love to bake, especially bread and desserts. I also love to knit, especially socks, just like my grandmother. I am the co-owner of a yarn shop in our little town. When I'm not working in the shop I am usually at home in the kitchen!
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