Honeyed Bread and Butter Pickles

READY IN: 9hrs 15mins
YIELD: 7 pints




  • Cut off the blossom end of each cucumber; cut into 1/4-inch rounds.
  • Cut the onions in half lengthwise and thinly slice them into half circles.
  • Put the cucumbers and onions into a large bowl and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of kosher salt, tossing to combine. Cover with a layer of ice cubes and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Pick out any unmelted ice, drain well, and rinse under cold running water. Toss with the mustard seeds, celery seeds, and red pepper flakes and set aside.
  • In a non-reactive pot, combine the vinegar, 1 and 1/2 cups water, the honey, turmeric, mustard powder, and the remaining 1 tablespoon kosher salt. If pasteurizing, bring the mixture to 160º to 180º on a candy thermometer. If processing, bring to a full boil.
  • Working quickly, pack the cucumbers and onions into the jars (not too tightly), leaving 1" headspace. Ladle the hot vinegar mixture into the jars, leaving 1/2" headspace at the top. Use a chopstick to remove air bubbles around the inside of each jar. Use a damp paper towel to wipe the rim of each jar to remove any brine which may have gotten on the rim, then put a flat lid and ring on each jar, adjusting the ring so that it's just finger-tight. Place the jars in the water bath, making sure they are covered by at least 1" of water.
  • If pasteurizing, bring the water in the pot to 180ºF, and keep it there, adjusting the burner as necessary, for 30 minutes (use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature). Any time the water spends below 180ºF must be added to the pasteurizing time so that the water is at 180ºF for a total of 30 minutes.
  • If processing, bring to a full boil and process for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the jars from the water bath, place on a folded towel, and do not disturb for 12 hours.
  • Check that the lids have sealed by pressing down on the center of each; if it can be pushed down, it hasn't sealed, and the jar should be refrigerated immediately. Label the sealed jars and store.