Zesty Bread & Butter Pickles

DSCN0354Last season in the garden we had a few firsts. One was the jalapenos that I talked about in my Pepper Jelly post, another was planting our own pickling cukes for the first time. They did really well!

We devoted half of a bed to them and ended up having over 20 pounds, all in all. We are planning to plant a whole bed of them this year! (I see LOTS of pickles in our future!)

I grew up eating all different types of my grandmother’s homemade pickles, so I was very excited to try doing some of my own.

I started out with traditional Bread & Butter pickles, but in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, they had a couple of variations that looked interesting. One was these is a “Zesty” version. It substitutes horseradish and gingerroot for the celery seed and turmeric. 

While I wouldn’t exactly call this “zesty” it definitely has more of a tang to it than the original.  It was a nice change!

Zesty Bread & Butter Pickles
A tangy variation of the traditional Bread & Butter Pickle.
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  1. 10 cups trimmed and sliced pickling cucumbers
  2. 4 medium onions, thinly sliced
  3. 1/2 cup pickling or canning salt
  4. 3 cups white vinegar
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 2 Tablespoons mustard seeds
  7. 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish
  8. 2 Tablespoons grated gingerroot
  1. In non-reactive bowl combine cukes, onions and salt.
  2. Mix well and cover with cold water. Let stand for 2 hours.
  3. Transfer to a colander and rinse with cool running water. Drain thoroughly.
  4. Prepare canner, jars and lids.
  5. Into large pot add vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, horseradish and gingerroot.
  6. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  7. Stir in cukes and onions, return to a boil.
  8. Pack vegetables into hot jars, leaving a generous 1/2 headspace.
  9. Ladle hot liquid into jar to cover veggies, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  10. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims and affix lids.
  11. Process for 10 minutes.
  1. *It is suggested that pickles sit for at least 6 weeks to fully cure. (But if you really need to try some sooner, go ahead, they'll still be yummy!)
Adapted from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Adapted from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
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