bread and butter pickles

‘Tis the season!

Canning is back. Which basically means that our work days don’t end when we get home from the office, my back and feet are aching, and our pantry is filling back up. Thank goodness for summer gardens and farmer’s markets!

bread and butter pickles

A few weeks ago, when our green beans were coming in non-stop, we put up 18 quarts of beans in less than a week. I was exhausted that week…canning really can take it out of you sometimes.

But pickles are a different story. They’re easier! Well, most things are easier than green beans since they don’t include the pressure cooker. For some reason, it takes about a day for the cooker to get up to pressure on our old, inconsistent stove top. Super fun.

Either way, pickling things is the way to go if you want to start canning. It doesn’t take much time compared to other things (jams, tomato sauce) and you still end up with fresh, homemade goods to enjoy this winter.

bread and butter pickles

To be honest, I was not a fan of any pickles besides dill when I was growing up. My Mammaw made bread and butter pickles every year, and I would never eat them. How could I miss out on those?! Sometimes it makes me sad that my taste buds took so long to grow up and start liking things.

But I’m not missing out on things now.

bread and butter pickles

If you’re looking for a great bread and butter pickle recipe, check out this one I tested/updated from Dixie Crystals – it’s so easy! I’ve even halved the recipe, and it turned out perfect.

You’ll be happy you have these pickles in December. Trust me.


  1. I’ve always wanted to make pickles and am so envious of your canning adventures. I need to just go for it!

  2. I’ve always been a dill fan too. Maybe if I made bread and butter pickles at home I’d like them more.

  3. Ditto what Sue and Angie said – I’ve always wanted to make pickles. Maybe I will finally give it a go!

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