SRC: Bread and Butter Pickles

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I was very excited when I saw that I was assigned Fake Ginger for my SRC blog. I'd heard other bloggers mention using recipes from Fake Ginger for quite some time, but it wasn't until I was in search of a mac and cheese recipe did I really take a look at her blog.

I was instantly hooked. Not only did I laugh at her hair dying hobby but I was immediately amused at her dislike for fresh ginger. I don't like it very much either. I think it smells funny and I just don't like grating it. I added Fake Ginger to my reader after finding the mac and cheese recipe and I pretty much star every recipe Amanda posts.

So when it came time to chose one for the SRC, I was stumped. I drooled over her recipe index for what felt like hours, debating on if my readers would enter sprinkle overload if I made her Cake Batter Pancakes, trying to calculate just how many calories I'd consume by licking the bowl clean after making her Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie, if Tom would contemplate divorcing me for serving him Tofu Pad Thai or if it was worth unpacking my slow cooker to make Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders. Tough decisions, I tell ya.

I looked up at my clock and realized the farmers market had just opened. I headed over and while I was grabbing my usual items, a $2 box of small cucumbers caught my eye. She did have a pickle recipe on her blog. I've never made pickles before. If we don't eat them all before we move, I can easily share them with coworkers.  And so it was decided. Bread and Butter Pickles would be my recipe choice for this month's Secret Recipe Club



Bread and Butter Pickles
Source: Fake Ginger, via AllRecipes
Servings: ~ 3 pints
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Ingredients:
    • 5 cucumbers, thinly sliced
    • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 large clove garlic, minced
    • 1/2 green pepper, diced
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    • 1 1/2 tbsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. mustard seed
    • 1/2 tsp. ground tumeric
    • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
    • 1/4 tsp. whole cloves

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion, garlic and green pepper. Sprinkle with the salt and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for at least three hours.
2. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
3. Meanwhile, drain the liquid from the cucumbers and stir the cucumber mixture into the boiling saucepan. Before the liquid returns to a boil, remove from the heat.
4. Transfer into containers and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The original recipe calls for 25 cucumbers. I like pickles as much as the next person, but I knew even with giving them to coworkers, we'd be up to our ears in pickles for months so I decided to cut this recipe in half, using the measurements given by AllRecipes. While the bread and butter flavor was there, it wasn't as pronounced and I think that just came from the measurement adjustments.

Regardless, the pickles still tasted great and I plan to make them again once we move. Question for the readers out there: if I wanted to can the pickles and keep them in the pantry, is there anything I'd need to do differently? 

9 comments:

  1. The kids and I just planted a TON of cucumbers in the garden yesterday, so I am definitely going to bookmark this recipe for when the harvest comes in and I have cucumbers coming out of my ears :-)

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  2. I forgot I made these! Thanks for reminding me - hopefully I can find some tiny cucumbers so I can do them again. Yours look great! :)

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  3. I've never made pickles either. Bravo for tackling something new! And I love Amanda too :)

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  4. my husband would be so thrilled if i ever made him pickles. this looks so easy, i can't believe i've never made them!

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  5. Definitely looking for some good pickle recipes, I have a ton of cucumbers growing in the garden!

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  6. I do some canning, and I am certain to store these shelf-stable you have to process them in a water bath. There are all sorts of rules you need to follow to ensure food safety. Any canning jar web site will have the details. But refrigerator pickles like these are super easy and always good and crunchy!

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  7. Oooh, pickles are on my to-make list! These look great!

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  8. I had never had a bread and butter pickle until I moved to the South 10 years ago, but love them! I like to make a refrigerator dill pickle, but hadn't thought to make a bread and butter pickle--I'll have to try this! Great SRC pick! (I'm a visitor from Group C!) :-)

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