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Post by Guest on 19th June 2010, 9:32 am

This pickle is so named as it is considered good enough to eat with bread and butter alone. I agree. It is a firm favourate of anyone that has tasted it!

This first recipe is the one I have been making for years...

Bread and Butter Pickle #1

3 large cucumbers, sliced
45ml (3 level tbsps) salt
4 onions, skinned and sliced
600ml (1pint) white vinegar
175g (6oz) sugar
5ml (1 tsp) celery seed
5ml (1 tsp) mustard seed

Place the cucumber, salt and onions in a large bowl, let them stand for 1 hour, pour off the brine, rinse well and drain. Heat the vinegar, sugar, celery and mustard seed and boil for 3 minutes after the sugar has dissolved. Pack the vegetables into jars, add enough hot vinegar mixture to overflow and seal immediately. Store in a dark place.


But I have recently acquired this recipe and it is sweeter and deeper flavoured (but I admit to not heating up the veg).


Bread and Butter Pickle #2

2 large or 4 – 6 small cucumbers, sliced
1 green pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
50g (1 3/4oz) salt
1 large mild onions, finely sliced
400ml (14 fl oz) cider vinegar, plus extra if needed
200g (7oz) white sugar
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp fennel seed

Layer the vegetables with the salt in a large bowl, toss lightly to coat and leave over night. Next morning rain and rinse.
Combine vinegar, sugar and seeds in a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the drained vegetables and bowl for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon.
Pack the vegetables in to hot sterilized jars and pour over the hot pickling liquid. Make sure the vegetables are completely covered in liquid adding more vinegar if necessary.
Seal with vinegar proof lids. Store in a dark place.
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Post by polgara on 19th June 2010, 10:57 am

Ooh that sounds good for OH. Our local farm shop often has cues in the cheapie bin.

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Post by Sparhawk on 20th June 2010, 12:26 am

Sounds good except for Celery seed, I'm sorry but celery anything to me is Bread and Butter Pickle (cucumbers!) 97169 any suggestions of anything to replace aforementioned horrors please...

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Post by Compostwoman on 20th June 2010, 1:30 pm

Just leave it out?
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Post by Guest on 21st June 2010, 3:10 pm

One recipe I have also has 1 tsp tummeric in it aswell. That would give it a "bite " without the celery seed
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Post by Sparhawk on 22nd June 2010, 12:00 am

Zoe wrote:One recipe I have also has 1 tsp tummeric in it aswell. That would give it a "bite " without the celery seed

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Post by Compostwoman on 22nd June 2010, 12:07 am

I can't see that the celery seed is anything much other than a spice to add flavour, as it is the vinegar which is doing the preserving....so my inclination would be to simply add a bit more of some other suitable spice ( peppercorns? mustard?) also these recipes have seeds in as a "usual " part of the "look"....I am not convinced it is needed to preserve them, just that that is what has been put in " in the past

I would be inclined to try a bit with some seeds/spices in that you like...and see what happens to it after a few weeks....
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Post by Sparhawk on 22nd June 2010, 12:13 am

Compostwoman wrote:I can't see that the celery seed is anything much other than a spice to add flavour, as it is the vinegar which is doing the preserving....so my inclination would be to simply add a bit more of some other suitable spice ( peppercorns? mustard?) also these recipes have seeds in as a "usual " part of the "look"....I am not convinced it is needed to preserve them, just that that is what has been put in " in the past

I would be inclined to try a bit with some seeds/spices in that you like...and see what happens to it after a few weeks....

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Post by Chilli-head on 22nd June 2010, 10:13 am

Thanks for sharing this Zoe ! Bread and Butter Pickle (cucumbers!) Icon_biggrin I'm still just about keeping up with the greenhouse cucumbers, but I guess a pickle would be a good use for the outdoor ones at the lotty.
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Post by polgara on 3rd August 2010, 5:36 pm

Pickle made for OH. How long do I have to leave it Zoe?
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Post by Guest on 4th August 2010, 6:28 pm

Sorry Pol, been a bit too busy...

It hasn't really got a maturing time. I must admit that it only stays on the shelf until there are no cucumbers growing!

Its not one that keeps in fact 6months is really the recommended keeping time or less. I do keep it longer by using very strong vinegar.
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Post by polgara on 4th August 2010, 10:24 pm

Thanks Zoe
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Post by Compostwoman on 4th August 2010, 11:53 pm

If it is any help I was given a jar as a gift and forgot about it for a year... Bread and Butter Pickle (cucumbers!) Icon_redface it wan't nice when I opened it despite being a vinegar product, stored in the fridge and not opened.

Just for info Pol, not warning you off or anything. But that is what I observed to happen.
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Post by polgara on 5th August 2010, 8:37 am

Thanks CW, have already told OH to wait a week & then I will get it for him.
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