Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bread and Butter Pickles in the microwave!?

I have to start by telling you that I can't stand any kind of pickle that is not a dilly one!! But these are by far the BEST pickles I have EVER TASTED!!!! Trust me on this... you have GOT to make them and see for yourselves!! My dear friend Sally gave me her brother's recipe for Bread and Butter refrigerator Pickles that you cook in the microwave. I was a little skeptical at first but once I made them I was hooked.

Fred's Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles

2 lbs Medium Pickling Cucumbers- end's trimmed and cut into spears
1 medium onion quartered and sliced thinly
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
2 teaspoons celery seeds
2 teaspoons ground turmeric (be careful with it.. it stains everything yellow, including counter tops!!)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups cider vinegar ( I prefer just plain vinegar)

Place cucumbers and onions in a 3 quart microwavable dish. sprinkle with salt and toss to coat, cover. Microwave on high 2 minutes or until cucumbers start to sweat.  Transfer to colander and rinse with cool water and let drain for about 5 minutes. Using same dish combine remaining ingredients. stir to dissolve sugar some. Add cucumbers and onions and stir to coat, cover. Microwave for 8 minutes or until liquid is hot but not quite boiling, remove and let stand until able to handle. Transfer pickles and liquid to a container, cover. refrigerate. keeps for several months (although I doubt they will last that long!)


Alicia C. said...

I saw your link on Becoming Crunchy's FB status and had to check it out. I have a couple of questions:
How many quart jars do you think this would make?
Do you think it would work out if I made slices instead of spears?

My mouth is WATERING just reading this recipe! I can't wait to try it - I'm making pickles next Saturday and this is one of the recipes I'll be using.

Leahona said...

I have found with this recipe that it makes very strong pickles so this last time I made it I used about 50% more pickles and I got about 3 quarts. I did half slices and have spears and both worked out great! I can't wait to hear how your pickle making goes. Glad you found me!!


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