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Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles - Sweet, crunchy refrigerator pickles. No heating, no canning, just a simple recipe for sweet pickles that are ready to eat in 3 days.
Prep Time4 hrs 25 mins
Total Time4 hrs 25 mins
Course: Appetizer Snack
Servings: 4 quarts
Author: Melanie - Gather for Bread


  • About 4-5 pounds pickling cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup pickling salt can also use Kosher salt
  • 2 large sweet onions thinly sliced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 5 cups white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric


  • Thoroughly wash cucumbers. Slice and place in a large colander.
  • Slice onions and mix in with cucumbers in colander. Place colander in a large bowl. Cover with ice water. Sprinkle with salt. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Drain cucumbers.
  • In a large bowl combine sugars, vinegar and pickling spices. Pour pickling syrup over cucumbers in jars.
  • Close each jar with a lid. Place in refrigerator for at least 3 days, shaking it up each day. Eat and enjoy.


I use pickling salt. You can also use Kosher salt as a substitute if necessary.
Use fresh cucumbers. I've noticed ones pulled straight from the garden work best.