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Episode 16: Bread and Butter Pickles

In this episode we have almost quadrupled the original recipe, so don’t get scared! If you follow the recipe below, you will only end up with about 5 quarts of pickles.

You may also want to invest into good mandolin if you are going to make lots of bread and butter pickles, or any pickles for that matter that require slicing and dicing. The mandolins that we used in this episode com from OXO and you can get one from Amazon. Be very careful and focus when using this mandolin, it has extremely sharp blade!

Bread and Butter Pickles
Cuisine: International
Recipe type: Cucumber Pickles
Serves: Multitudes 🙂
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Cook time: 
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  • 5 quarts of cucumbers sliced thin (set to ⅛ if using mandolin)
  • 8 onions - sliced
  • 1 green pepper chopped (optional)
  • 5 cups sugar
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  1. Cover sliced pickles, onions and pepper with ½ cup of salt. Then cover with ice cubes and let the pickles stand at the room temperature for 3 hours. Then drain well.
  2. In the meanwhile to make the brine (or syrup) mix vinegar, water, sugar, turmeric, cloves, celery add mustard seed.
  3. Combine the drained cucumber mixture and the syrup in a pot and heat the mixture to a scolding (or just at it begins to boil).
  4. Place the pickles into hot sterilized jars and seal immediately.
You need to keep your sterilized jars hot so that they do not crack when you put your hot mixture in them. The best way to do so is to keep them in your oven at about 200°F.


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Meet the Author

Fr Vlad

Fr. Vlad Zablotskyy is the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. He enjoys cooking, baking bread and gardening.

2 comments… add one
  • Alison Defrese May 10, 2015, 4:34 pm

    Christ is risen! Great site, fun videos, too. Are the pickles canned in a pressure canner or are they refrigerator pickles? Keep up the good work, & thanks in advance for your answer. –Alison Ruth Defrese

    • Fr Vlad Aug 4, 2015, 10:07 pm

      Alison Ruth, I am sorry for such a belated response. These pickles do not need to be cooked in the pressure canner. The only cooking that was done was what you see in the above’s video. We are going to resume taping new episodes soon. Thanks for stopping by and your comments, hope to see you back soon.

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