Summer gardens are in full swing right now! I love fresh summer veggies but I feel like the season goes by way to fast! That's why canning is so amazing! Just seal in all that summer freshness and enjoy it all winter long!
I have always loved the idea of canning, but I was always too intimidated to try. I was nervous that I would some how mess it up. Once I started asking around I found that I knew a lot of people that knew how to can. One thing I learned was if you are a canner, you are always happy to help out a newbie canner! So if you are wanting to start canning ask around! I bet someone that you already know has canning knowledge they want to share!
If you are ready to get started try this Bread and Butter Pickles recipe. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to can them! Then you will have tasty pickles all year round!
Make sure you slice your cucumbers in good, thick slices that will still allow the pickle to yield a crunch when you bite into it. Bread and butter pickles are perfect on burgers, diced in tunafish sandwiches, deli sandwiches or just grabbed straight out of the jar and snacked on.
All this pickle talk has my mouth watering! Time to make a another batch!
I am using a Ball Freshtech canning system for easy, worry-free canning. You can also simply use a fresh water bath to seal your jars (directions below)
- 1/2 lbs pickling cucumbers, about 14 small to medium
- 2 1/2 cups vinegar, 5% acidity
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup Ball Bread & Butter Pickle Mix
- 2 Ball Quart, 32 oz. Fresh Preserving jars with lids and bands or 4 Pint sized jars.
- Combine vinegar, sugar, and Ball Bread & Butter Pickle Mix in a medium saucepan
- Heat to a boil.
- Cut ends off cucumbers. Cut into 1/2 inch slices.
- POUR hot pickling liquid over cucumber slices in a large bowl.
- Cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes
- PACK cucumber slices into jars – pack them tight as they will shrink during canning process
- Ladle pickling liquid over cucumbers.
- Place lids & bands on jars.
- Follow instructions on canning your size jar on Freshtech canning system or follow the water bath instructions below.
- These will last up to 1 year if properly canned in a sealed jar
- Once opened REFRIGERATE pickles. For best flavor, allow pickles to stand in refrigerator for 3 weeks