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Bread & Butter Pickles

Store-bought pickles don't even come close to this recipe. This is a good recipe for anyone who would like to try pickling, but hasn't done it before. It's quite straight forward, not a lot of ingredients.

Combine cucumbers, onions, red pepper, salt and ice in a large bowl.
Mix well.
Put a weight on and allow to stand 3 hours.
Drain thoroughly.
For a weight, I use a plate with a gallon bottle of vinegar or water on top of it.
Combine vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery seed and mustard seed in a large pot.
Add drained cucumbers.
Place pot on medium low heat.
Bring almost to a boil, but DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.
remove from heat.
Seal in sterilized jars, 10 minutes in a hot water bath.
Easy way to sterilize jars: Wash them well in hot soapy water.
Dry them off.
Put on a cookie sheet, right side up, at 225F.
for 15 minutes.
Turn off oven and leave them in there until you need them.

15 cups sliced pickling cucumbers
1 red pepper
3 onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup coarse salt
4 cups cracked ice
2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon mustard seeds


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