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Aunt Lee’s Bread And Butter Pickles

Old bread and butter pickle recipe

I’ve never been a big fan of bread and butter pickles. But all that changed during my cooking class at the folk school. Nanette, my co-teacher, taught us how to make Aunt Lee’s Bread And Butter Pickles-and my they were fine! If I remember right, the recipe came from another folk school cooking instructor’s Aunt Lee.

How to make bread and butter pickles

The recipe takes 4 quarts of cucumbers (or 4 quarts of a combination of squash, zucchini, carrots, and cucumbers).

Best bread and butter pickle recipe

You combine the sliced cucumbers with 6 medium onions diced; 3 cloves garlic (or more) minced; 1/2 diced hot pepper; 1 quart diced sweet peppers.

I left the hot pepper out-cause I didn’t have one. I diced up all the green bell peppers I had-and one big red one-but I only had 2 cups of peppers. I used the peppers I had and filled the rest of the quart needed up with more cucumbers.

My favorite pickle recipe from appalachia

Next-mix 1/3 cup salt and 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric thoroughly with the cucumber mixture.

Bread and butter pickles from western nc

Cover mixture with ice and let stand 3 hours. (while I’m waiting on pickles-the smell always starves me to death!)

Easy bread and butter pickles

After 3 hours-drain pickles and place them in large pot.

Easy cucumber pickles

Combine 5 cups sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon celery seed; 2 tablespoons mustard seed; and 3 cups cider vinegar. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture and heat until boiling.

While pickles are still hot, pack into sterilized jars-leave 1/2 inch head space; add lids and rings. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.


These bread and butter pickles are so good! When I let Granny taste my jar from the cooking class she raved over them. Now that she’s made a run or 2 herself she said she’d put her old recipe in the back of the box.

After Granny made her first run she said “These are so good I could eat them for breakfast.”




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    Charles Maney
    May 16, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. Can’t wait to try it

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    July 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I have to try this! My Captain loves bread and butter pickles.

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    Sally K - North Coast Muse
    July 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I love Bread and Butter pickles! Have never made them myself but I’m going to use your recipe and try them this year. Re: B.ruth’s comment: I wonder how many other people put B&B pickles on peanut butter sandwiches – I love them that way but lots of people up here in No Ohio think it’s strange. That’s the way they made PB sandwiches in our school cafeteria.

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    Peggy Lambert
    July 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Your pickles are beautiful. I love Bread & Butter Pickles, but can only eat a few because of the sugar. I have Type 2 Diabetes and have to battle it every day.
    I don’t care if hogs eat cucumbers or not. They are good for people who have diabetes. I make the pickles any for my family and friends. Thanks for sharing these great recipes.
    Made a comment yesterday, but guess I sent it out in space.
    Peggy L.

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    July 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    My goodness! Yet another pickle recipe I’ll have to try out. Thank you for sharing it!

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    July 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    YUMMMMM sounds like my Pop’s pickles, only he didn’t use the peppers.. he couldn’t have anything hot or spicy. My cukes are just now starting to get big, picked 2 yesterday for a salad, tomatoes are just starting also, guess I was a bit behind everyone. Beans are flowering and climbing high can’t wait to start picking, I planted 2 rows this year, hope to have some to put up for Thanksgiving and or Christmas dinner!

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    Miss Cindy
    July 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    OK Tipper. I’ll take your word for how good they are. If Saleh has enough cucumbers I’m gonna try this recipe.
    I’ve never been over fond of B&B pickles so I usually don’t make them.
    I’ll let you know!

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    July 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This recipe sounds really good. I like bread and butter pickles. Mama used to make pickles and I would help her. We didn’t raise any cucumbers this year in our garden, but I like them. This recipe sounds great. We may pick up some cucumber at the market and try this recipe.

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    barbara gantt
    July 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    THat is the same recipe that my Mom used. She got it from my Granny Nichols who lived in Waynesville most of her life. My Mom left out the sweet peppers cause my Dad never grew them. I think icing the cukes makes a big difference in the pickles.
    The good day beans are growing and blooming. Cant wait for some beans. The bad day ones are starting to catch up. Barbara Gantt

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    Marylou Sweat
    July 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    That bread and butter pickle recipe is pretty much identical to the one I use. Almost all of my pickles are donated to our little church for their annual bazaar in November. So I make about ten times that recipe at one time. When I get to the part where you mix everything with ice it goes into a large cooler and sits overnight cause it’s just too much to do in one day! Sure wish I was closer to ya’ll…it would be such fun to go to the JCCFS and learn plus maybe help teach…*sigh* Marylou in Dover, Fla.

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    July 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you Tipper for the recipe. These sound really good.

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    Missy Steiger
    July 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    These sound yummy! I don’t have any cukes but I do have green and yellow squash. Thanks for sharing!

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    Karen Larsen
    July 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I am not a fan of spending an overly large amount of time in the kitchen…. ‘specially in the summer…. but I do LOVE bread and butter pickles.

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    Debora Kerr
    July 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for this recipe to add to my canning favorites!

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    July 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Mom and Grandma used to can these every year, without the hot peppers though. To this day one taste of bread and butter pickles takes me straight back to my childhood!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    July 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I don’t have a garden any more, but you can be assured that if I get enough cucumbers (and other ingredients) I will make your recipe. It sounds wonderful, and with all the positive comments, this is certainly verified. I used to make “Lime Pickles” that were the crispest, most delightful pickles I ever made (besides my trusted and true bread-&butter). I can’t share the Lime Picke recipe here because I left that recipe at the “house in the mountains” and didn’t move it to Milledgeville. Maybe some readers do the lime-soak to insure crispness of the pickles? “Putting up” was such a part of our life on the farm–and even when I didn’t live on the farm I continued the practice of canning and freezing. Nothing like your own home-grown ‘vittles’ to help through those long winter months!

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    Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads
    July 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

    My wife Jane makes the best bread and butters. we’ve been busty canning tomatoes. Great crop this year. But the heat is taking its toal.

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    Mrs. V
    July 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Our cucumbers were a complete bust this year but I really really like bread & butters so I made a batch out of watermelon rind. I did a post over at ,but my ingredients don’t sound quite as spicy as yours.
    I have to say, I love your playlist! We played it through 4 time putting up a bushel of peaches.

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    July 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Wish I had a jar of them to go with a pan of cornbread and pinto beans. yum yum.

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    dolores barton
    July 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Yummy! I can just smell them now! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tim Mc
    July 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Always looked forward to those bread and butter pickles MaMa use to make, they’d make a pine cone taste good if you were that hungry…

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    Gorges Smythe
    July 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    July 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I had no idea what all went in
    the Bread and Butter Pickles, but
    they’re so good with a plate full
    of pinto beans and cornbread.
    Wish I had the Blind Pig Music
    over in my garden just a blastin’.

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    July 7, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Yummm, I can just smell and taste those pickles…I’d just pick me a bread size bunch out of the jar and spread some peanut butter on bread..row those pickles down in the peanut butter…Pour me a glass of milk and lunch is done!
    The mixture of the spices also sounds like one I used to make using young yellow squash, and ringed small onions with bits of bell green and red peppers…
    Thanks Tipper for the recipe…
    I believe I could eat them for breakfast too…I have been trying to eat those fake sugar slices from the store…pretty good, but not like the real thing!
    I know, moderation..moderation..!

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    Mary Shipman
    July 7, 2012 at 7:07 am

    yum! Bread and butter are the only pickles I make these days.

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