Sweet Spiced Bread and Butter Pickles

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Sweet Spiced Bread and Butter Pickles

These Sweet Spiced Bread and Butter Pickles are a perfect way to preserve all those garden-fresh cucumbers for a treat later on. Pair these pickles with hamburgers or enjoy them on a delicious holiday relish tray for a sweet spiced twist.

Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 9 pints
Author Rachel


  • 30 small-medium pickling cucumbers sliced thin
  • 3 large onions sliced thin
  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • 6 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves


  1. In a large bowl, mix cucumbers, onions, peppers, salt, and crushed ice.  Let stand for 2-3 hours.

  2. After 2-3 hours of standing, drain liquid from cucumber mixture.

  3. In a large pot, bring to boil vinegars, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, turmeric, and cloves. 

  4. Add drained cucumber mixture to boiling vinegar mixture.  Heat.  Remove from heat right before it returns to a boil.

  5. Ladle hot cucumber mixture into sterilized pint-size canning jars. Wip tops to enable secure seal.  Place sealing lid and ring on each jar.

  6. Process using a water bath method.  Processing time will vary depending on your elevation. Let fully cool (24 hours) and store until ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Table 1. Recommended process time for Bread-and-Butter Pickles in a boiling-water canner.
  Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Pints or Quarts 10 min 15 20

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