11. July 2014 · Comments Off on Easy Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles · Categories: Food · Tags: , ,

Bread and Butter Pickles in Black Bowl

Summer yields the bounties of the fresh vegetable harvest. Sometimes, this means finding things to do with a surplus of a given veg. With cucumbers, it’s easy – make refrigerator pickles! These are great for sandwiches, salads, dicing for relish, burgers, or even just snacking.

You need:

Cucumbers, washed

and for each pound of cucumbers,

1 cup cider or distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp kosher salt
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp whole coriander
¼ tsp brown mustard seed, whole
¼ tsp yellow mustard seed, whole
1 bay leaf

Slice cucumbers on a mandolin or with a standard food processor slicing blade to 1/8″ thick. Place each pound of sliced cucumbers into a quart container/jar.

Bring the other ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, reduce heat and maintain a steady simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for another 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf(s). Pour over cucumber slices, seal the containers, and shake to combine. Let cool for 20-30 minutes and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, if not overnight.

If you like, red pepper flake or sliced fresh chilies can be added to the cucumbers to provide some heat to go along with the sweet/sour flavor of the standard recipe.