Microwave Bread and Butter Pickles
Want tasty pickles fast? Try this easy microwave method!
Want tasty pickles fast? Try this easy microwave method!
I made these last summer in my first attempt to jar food, which actually turned out to be a wonderful experience! These pickles were absolutely awesome and really easy to make! The only thing I did different was can them. Everyone that had them thought they were wonderful and I had many requests for more jars. I only made 1 case of small jars and 3 large mason jars full, but this coming summer I am planning to be a little more ambitious and make more. I did make one variation on some of the jars which I think came out fantastic and that was that I had dehydrated red cayenne peppers and I added 1 to some of the smaller jars and 3 or 4 to the large jars. Not only did it add color to the jar, but they really tasted great, especially if you are a spice fan! I added more onion to my pickles as that was the way that I remembered them from my childhood. My Nanny made some of the best Bread and Butter pickles that I have ever tasted....these are certainly close to her recipe!:)Read More
I made these last summer in my first attempt to jar food, which actually turned out to be a wonderful experience! These pickles were absolutely awesome and really easy to make! The only thing I did different was can them. Everyone that had them thought they were wonderful and I had many requests for more jars. I only made 1 case of small jars and 3 large mason jars full, but this coming summer I am planning to be a little more ambitious and make more. I did make one variation on some of the jars which I think came out fantastic and that was that I had dehydrated red cayenne peppers and I added 1 to some of the smaller jars and 3 or 4 to the large jars. Not only did it add color to the jar, but they really tasted great, especially if you are a spice fan! I added more onion to my pickles as that was the way that I remembered them from my childhood. My Nanny made some of the best Bread and Butter pickles that I have ever tasted....these are certainly close to her recipe!:)
These turned out great! Following others' advice, I only used 1/2 cup of sugar (which was plenty), and I added 1 clove of fresh garlic (minced) and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes. Microwaved for 8 minutes, and they taste fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!!
I never liked bread and butter pickles until I went to Lambert's restuarant. I tried their's and fell in love. I craved them day after day after that, but the restaurant is 2 hours from my town. I made this recipe and behold! I now do not have to drive any distance to enjoy them. I signed up with this website just to write this review! I mean it...TOP NOTCH!
OK - yum!!!!! But I do love bread and butter pickles! I followed this recipe to a T (didn't decrease the sugar at all). I'm a Southerner at heart and love the sweetness. They were quick and easy although I did try doubling and tripling which caused me to have to microwave them a bit longer. I tried making them with and without garlic and didn't notice a big difference but didn't add that much garlic. I also tried totally peeling the cukes as I felt the skins were a bit tough but they just didn't look the same. After filling the hot jars, I stuck them in a boiling water bath for about 10 minutes and they sealed immediately so I can enjoy throughout the winter. I used regular cukes (not English) and sweet Vidalia onions. IN fact, I may have added a bit more onion than called for. Next time I may add a bit of sweet red pepper for color. I gave some to my friend and she said her mom CRIED when she ate them as they reminded her of the pickles she helped her Mom make when she was a kid. That's a true testimony!
These pickles are absolutely delicious and easy. I only used 2/3 cup sugar for a little less sweetness. In a couple batches I added a variety of peppers from my garden. Great recipe! One more thing, it says 1 cucumber and I used about 5 pickle size cucs.
So easy, so quick, so good! Better make a double batch cause they don't last long. You can eat them as soon as they get cold!
Really great. Exactly what I wanted and took less than no time to make. I did can half the recipe in a boilng water bath and those were a bit limp when I opened them later, but the ones that were not processed were fantastic. I'll definitely be making them again.
Wonderful! Didn't have any of the "right" ingredients and it still worked!! This was sooooo easy. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to use a lid so I used my vented pampered chef micro safe container. I used zucchini (which is abundant in my garden right now), mustard powder for mustard seed, 1/2 the sugar (because it was noted you could and we are on a budget), cider vinegar for white vinegar, pickling spice for celery seed, turmeric and a pinch of curry powder (because I love it). And, it was still fabulous. So happy I'm going to try it on carrots tonight!! :o)
We have never made pickles before and this was the easiest and most delious bread and butter pickles that we could ever imagine. They taste like mom used to make! I was giving the receipe to a friend and they don't have any jars, do you suppose you could just use a tight fitting rubbermaid bowl or something like that. We will be making these again and there is no need to buy Bread and Butter Pickles in the store again.
Very easy, very good. However, I am not one for "refrigerator pickles". I made enough at one time, using proportionate amounts, to make 5 large jars (I use the mason jars that come with Classico and other pasta sauces) at a time. I cook them right in the jars, filling with only 1/2 jar of liquid to avoid boilover, then top off with the remaining pickling liquid I've kept simmering on the stove. Leave 1/2" head space and cap immediately. Voila! CANNED B & B pickles!
These can be canned for longer term storage by completing the recipe, prepping your lids and jars as normal for canning, and then filling the jars to 1/2" from the top with the hot pickles, sealing and boiling for 15 min. Let the jars sit for 12 hours undisturbed before sealing completely. If the lids have not sealed, refrigerate and eat within 2-3 weeks.
These pickles are very sweet and very easy to make. I made a batch for my daughters class when they had a sandwich party and they were gone in no time!! Great on sandwiches also!!
These taste great and are SOOOO simple! I've made them three or four times for get-togethers and everyone has loved them. I shorten the time to cool by sticking them in the freezer for a couple of hours.
I have made these many times and I just LOVE them. They take me back to whenI was a kid helping make grandma's b&b pickles, but with the far less work. Definite keeper that I will make over and over ... thanks for sharing.
Make sure you allow the vinegar mixture to COMPLETELY cool down or your pickles will be limp....otherwise a wonderful recipe...perfect combination.
These are ridiculously easy and awesome. I cut the sugar in half though and they were plenty sweet.
Excellent recipe. So quick and very, very good!
I've been making these pickles for several years now and always get asked for the recipe when serving them. They can well, too.
I love these pickles. Can't wait to get cucumbers planted so I can make these again. They never last long in my house. And they are so easy to make.
Great recipe for a novice canner like me. Made delicious pickles and was very easy. Kept well in the refrigerator, though not for long because we quickly consumed them
Another recipe of which I was initially in doubt, however I was quickly converted. These are excellent, especially for the time involved and store very well in the refridgerator - I have kept batches several months and they are still wonderful. I have found that one can easily triple the recipe, but you should add another quarter of the time to the microwaving (i.e. instead of 24 minutes, do about 32 minutes in the microwave - 8 minutes apart with a stirring at the end of each 8 minutes.). Also, adding one garlic clove, finely minced, imparts a very nice flavor. Vidalia onions have been my favorite for the onion and I usually double the amount of onion called for in the recipe. Great recipe and a hit with all relatives and people at work so far! Bueno!
I love it! Was always afraid to try pickling because of mess or fear of canning problems. Dad has way too many cucumbers coming in as usual so I gave it a try. It was fun, easy and delicious! I cut sugar to 1/2 cup which was sweet enough for me. Made two pints last night and six tonight. Probably be making more once I take them to work =) Thanks for sharing!
Amazing. Did the recipe as follows....With doubts. And they are super crunchy and delicious!
I make these every year. My friends and family rave about them and always want a jar due to the fact we have a nice garden. Great taste, but I agree with cutting the sugar in half. Excellent fast recipe.
Very easy and very good!
Thank you for a great recipe. My daughter is nuts for b and b pickles. She gave her highest praise. "They taste like they came right out of the jar from the store." I also think a lot of variations could be fun.
I can't believe that these taste just like the ones my mom used to make!! This recipe is very popular with my family and friends!
These pickles are great!! So easy to make and a nice size batch. My Grandson thinks his Grammy is the best because of her Great Pickles! LOL! His new nickname is Pickles!
Wonderful. Didn't change a thing. Have made 3 jars in three weeks. A new favorite. Thanks for sharing.
I made these last night w/2 pickling cukes & validia onion. 1/2 cup of splenda, sooo good, 8 minutes in 900 watt micro. So easy!!
Pickles are too sweet for our taste. Next time try... NO sugar? Changes: No mustard seeds 1/2 tsp celery seed added whole peppers (need to be microwaved longer) added sundried tomato slices (bad idea)
My sister sent me the link to this recipe, and we both spent the summer addicted to these pickles. They're so good, and so easy to make. If you have a mandoline, it really makes these a snap!
These are great!! And so easy!! I did add a little garlic the second time I made them - both were wonderful. One of the best things about this is that it makes a small quantity. There are only 2 of us now at home (empty nesters)and it is so hard to find recipes for 2 persons. Can you make dill pickles this same way also? Happy cooking to all!!
The BEST pickle I've EVER MADE. I could hear my son crunching on them from across the kitchen. Followed everything, but added a little less sugar- about 3/4 cup. Also processed for 10 minutes immediately after canning in a boiling waterbath, just in case. Now...off to find more cucumbers... THANK YOU!!
These are awesome, but I took quite a bit of liberty with the recipe. I used: 2 sliced cucumbers 1/2 finely sliced onion dash of finely chopped celery 3/4 cup vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1 tbsp yellow mustard 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp tumeric They came out great like this after about 9 minutes in the microwave.
super easy and super good!!! i cut my cukes a little to thin, next time (and there will be one) i will make the slices a little thicker!!
Super easy and yummy too! I cut the sugar to 3/4 cup as suggested by others. So EASY! thanks.
WE all love this recipe. I made them once and then had to make three more batches for friends!
These were really easy and taste great,almost like the ones my mom used to make. I stored my in canning jars and simply turned the sealed jar upside down (immediately while the liquid is still really hot) and the lids sealed. I use this trick when making jam too. I would like the pickles a little crisper so next time I will try microwaving them only 5 minutes instead of 7.
Very Yummy! Reduced sugar to 3/4 cup and added 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes per another's review and a couple of mini bell peppers just to add some color. I'm not sure they'll make it to the fridge cuz my boyfriend won't stop eating them! He said the peppers are really good, too.
If I could give this 10 or more stars I would! These were great!
I substituted paprika for tumeric...sorry, but in local grocery story it was $6 for a tiny jar of it...they were still excellent! :)
This is a great recipe, however it is posted with one mistake. The recipe I have calls for 3 cucumbers. I thought the amount of sugar was too high when I first tried the recipe I have and wow not enough fluid, but when you microwave the cukes the natural moisture comes out of them almost like adding water to the batch. This is why people only using 1 cucumber are saying its too sweet. You will have more than enough fluid to put in the jars. Make this simple change and you will think these are the best Bread and Butter Pickles ever!!
I WILL MAKE THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!! Infact... I never made enough the first time. I made 5 batches... LOVE IT! Thank you so much for sharing. I used splenda instead of regular sugar. Did I mention the ease... SO SUPER EASY TO MAKE AND SUPER FAST!!!!
These were very easy to make, hence the good rating. Nevertheless, they did come out a little too vinegary for us and needed a little more flavor. I will use this method again with another vinegar and spice combination. Thanks for the recipe!
These are one of the best bread and butter pickles I have ever eaten….and so easy….I have made 15 pints, 6 quarts of these and still making them…I was given 4 full paper grocery sacks of cucumbers……. I have added Garlic, habaneras, chili peppers to some of them…… Microwave them put them in sterile jars and seal with the proper sterile canning lid…… wait two or 3 days and enjoy them… Please let me know how you like them if you make them…… Kathy
We just love the flavor of these pickles! I've made them twice thus far and the first time i cooked in microwave as instructed and was happy with everything except the skins got wrinkly and tasted tough but the onions were out of this world!! Second time I made them I skipped the cooking process all together and put them in the brine and straight into the fridge to chill for a few weeks. If your patient this produces a yummy crisp pickle! Either way a great tasting recipe! FYI, I found this out by accident but the first time I made these the store was out of mustard seed so I used mustard powder and they were just as good if not better than just mustard seed plus in lent in giving pickles some more color.
Wow! Incrediable. Easy to prepare. Amazing outcome in a short period of time. I followed the directions as stated. The only change that I would possibly make is decreasing the sugar by just a bit. But that would be it. Thank you for an easy recipe that doesn't compromise on taste or quality!!!!!!
I made these today with cucumbers from our garden. I made one regular batch (using 1/2 cup Splenda instead of sugar) and one batch I added 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes and 1 clove of minced garlic as one reviewer suggested. Both are fab!!
Made these yesterday. It was fast and simple. Smelled great when cooking. Tasted even better afterwards. Ended up making 16 pints of these buggers. I will be making these again in new pint mason jars and giving them as Christmas gifts! Thanks for the recipe!
This recipe was so easy! turned out great. I added a little garlic like the others but also added some zucchini strips and some diced red pepper. *Update* I am trying to cut back on sugars and have used splenda/nutrisweet in place of the sugar. GREAT!! Have been making them like this a few years and no one can tell the difference. ZERO weight watchers points like this by the way
Excellent and easy. Definitely our go-to pickle recipe now.
This recipe was awesome! It was my first time making cooked pickles. It is wonderful to have a recipe that doesn't make tons of pickles. I did add a little garlic. They tasted just like the real thing, with a lot less work!!!
These were soo good!! I started making pickles about 3 years ago (the loong way) and decided one day that I wanted to make pickles quick. Found this recipe and made them. It's a keeper!!
These came out really great! I never made pickles before so this is all new to me. So easy! My hubby doesn't like dill pickles so he'll be happy to have some bread and butter ones...if they make it until he returns from Argentina. I think I'll end up having to make more. I followed the recipe exact excep I only used 1/2 an onion since it was a really big onion. I sliced the cucumber in my food processor which made thin slices, I think next time I will used my mandoline and make them a bit thicker. Thanks for a great recipe.
I love this recipe! I tried it for the first time last night. My husband sampled a bite straight from the microwave and said it tasted as good as he remembered from his childhood on his grandparents' farm. I put it in canning jars hot from the microwave and they sealed well, so it is now chilling in the fridge. Some reviewers liked it with less sugar, and I think I might try that next (yes, I am making more TONIGHT!) I also want to try a batch made with Splenda, for my diabetic and dieting friends. I'm going to try using green tomatoes instead of cucumbers, too. This will definitely be one of my Holiday treat gifts!
Very quick and easy. I also used yellow squash instead of cucumbers. mm good!
Very delicious and easy! Perfect for that lonely cucumber in the produce bin of the fridge that I discover on "clean the fridge day". I used a red onion the first time (it really was a clean the fridge day) and came out with very pretty pink pickles!
These are fantastic! I made them exactly as is. So good. Im a total pickle lover and I could hardly wait for these to cool to dig into them. I will definitely be making these again!
Made these and this was so good.... Gave some away and everybody told me they couldn't stop eating them... Made it the same way for my husband, but for me I love spicy.. So added Jalapeno's and red pepper..,. And LOVED it. I will always make my pickles this was,,,, I'm Hooked Husband tooked some to work to share with co-workers and they all request more..
Wow, I was skeptical, but thought why not. I would give 10 stars if possible. I followed the recipe exactly except I did not have mustard seeds and used dry mustard. The result is the pickles are crisp and very close to that of my favorite store bought brand (which I shall not buy again). Thank you very much!
Just be sure to cut really thick slices of cucumber because mine weren't thick enough and it really messed it up. I gave a four because the pickles didn't have as much flavor as I like. When I make pickles again I'll add peppers or something to give a little more flavor.
Great recipe! This was my first attempt and will be making often. I did decrease the sugar by 1/2 cup like others, as well as additions of celery & mustard seeds. Love it!
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It was so fun to make this from the cucumbers in my garden. The first 2 jars where gone in one night when neighbors stopped to visit. I may plant more next year just to make these pickles!
I would give this more stars if possible. Made them for a family picnic and everyone went wild! Passed the recipe on to family who then passed it on to their in-laws and friends, who passed it on, and on and on! I can't keep them in the house! I didn't even change a thing. Thanks so much for sharing!
Who knew making B&B pickles could be this easy?! I had 2 large cucumbers left over from this past summer's crop sitting in the fridge - I made cucumber salad, gaspacho soup and many other wonderful recipes from this site, but frankly, was all 'cuked out until I saw this recipe. Wow, so easy to make (19 minutes) and the taste/texture (nice and crunchy) is good. I used a whole white onion, will probably use less onion next time, and I'll make it a sweet one instead. The onion and two pickles filled a large mason jar PERFECTLY, and produced enough "juice" to cover it all. Will definitely be using this recipe for next year's harvest. Thanks!
Oh my gosh, these pickles are the BEST; for anyone who has any hesitation about making pickles, you've got to make these. I only wish I could can these. Any ideas?
This was my first pickling attempt, and I'm really pleased with how they came out! I used large vidalia onions, so I used probably less than half of an onion per patch.
I live in Japan and have a hard time getting American style pickles. This recipe is wonderful. I grated cucumbers, squeezed out the liquid and made relish with the leftover liquid - cooking only 5 minutes in the micro. Great!
Wow! Who knew this could be so easy? The brine is perfectly flavored, and you get pickles almost immediately. Use a pickling cucumber for best results.
I loved this recipe. I helps us use up all the cukes we have in the garden. It had a good taste and was crunchy.
Very good and easy
another girl had us taste this recipe her friend adored, & now everyone wants her to make them, OR, pass on the recipe. Usually, I love kosher dills, but these are delicious! (MAW)
Very good. I don't like jarred bread and butter pickles, so this was a gamble for me. Made it exactly according to the recipe and loved it.
These are great and I gave them to neighbors and friends as gifts. They all wanted the recipe. I will definitely be making these again. My brother could hardly wait to make a ham on rye sandwich with them!
This is a fantastic recipe. I've given it to my friends and they love it. I'll never have to buy another bottle of pickles.
amazing!! i followed the recipe exactly and they were a huge hit. i've made multiple batches and don't plan on stopping any time soon!
I couldn't believe how good these turned out! I was really skeptical at first, but it was a worth a shot for the extra cucumbers in the garden. They are awesome! I cannot tell the difference between these and any other canned pickles. Just don't forget the sugar. ;)
It's amazing how this quick recipe tastes just like Grandma's homemade bread and butter pickles that once took days!
I'm a grandma to 10 and tried this recipe as my first ever pickles. First garden ever. W~O~W~!!!!! Fantastic. so very easy. My highest recomendation
I tried this using 2 cucumbers, 2/3 cup sugar and a few whole cloves in addition to the spices already called for. After heating in the microwave for the recommended 8 minutes, I kept heating in increments of 3 minutes until the onions turned translucent. Total heating time for this batch was 14 minutes. This made 2 pints. I put them in the fridge last night and just got out a jar this afternoon. They're fabulous! Nice and crunchy. But with time they may get a little sweeter, so next time (SOON!) I'll probably try using just 1/2 cup sugar. I didn't have any pepper flakes, but I'll be trying that soon, too. I put the jars into the fridge as soon as I filled them, and they sealed nicely. Does this mean I can store them unrefrigerated after they're sealed? I don't have enough refrigerator space for the quantities I'd like to make.
So easy and so good!!
this are very good I've been making them for years. Funny though I found the recipe in a woman's magazine. However, I can't remember which one. It was either woman's day or family circle.
I've never made pickles before, THESE ARE GREAT. I decided to make them because they don't make a tremendous amount and it doesn't take that much time. Made 2 1/2 pints. It makes me crazy when a recipe doesn't give better measurements than 1 cucumber and 1 onion. I used several small cucumbers ( weighed about 2.5 lbs) and one vidallia onion (weighed about a half lb). Cucumbers are much heavier because of the amout of water they contain. I was concerned because the only liquid added was vinegar. But the liquid in the cucumbers makes it enough liquid to fill the jars just right. I'll be doing these again.
I was a little skeptic if the vegetables will remain cruchy after zapping them, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! I added garlic and red chilli pepper flakes like some suggested, omitted celery seeds because I was out of them, but added sliced celery and carrots instead. I cut the amount of sugar by a quarter, and threw in some bayleafs and black peppercorns which inparted a very nice flavor. It's so easy to make, I don't think I will ever need to buy pickles again. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Linda!
I used this recipe trying to copy some delicious home made pickles I had tasted while on holiday. I did change it a little because I like chunky pickles, so I cut the small pickling cucumbers about 1/2 inch thick. I also added freshed minced garlic and a couple hot chili peppers. They turned out great, not the exact dupe but still really good. I will definately keep this recipe for future use. BTW I tripled the recipe for a large jar and they still came out perfectly. My whole family liked them very much.
These pickles were fast and tasted great after marinating in the fridge for a few days. However be careful because microwaves tend to create hot spots and may unevenly overcook some of the cukes. Either stop to stir frequently, or heat the liquid up first and add the cukes later. It didnt seem to affect the taste after marinating for a few days, but I wonder if it would affect the quality. Thanks for posting it though! P.S I also love that its a recipe for one or two cukes. Most of the recipes out there are for a whole barrel of them, making it hard to accurately scale down!
Wow - I just made these today and we ate some for dinner tonight - fabulous! I made the recipe with these changes as suggested by others on this site - I did not have the tumeric so I used paprika instead, and I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup SPLENDA. I had a huge red onion so I used 1/2 of it for a batch (I made 2 batches). Sliced cucumbers about a 1/4 inch thick and they were a bit crunchy - perfect! This was so QUICK and EASY! Thank you. I will definitely make these again - maybe tomorrow. And I also reused some old pickles jars and they absolutely did reseal when I put them in the fridge and I heard a satisfying pop when I opened one tonight. I don't do canning so my jars will be happily at home in the fridge for as long as they last.
My aunt Loves B&B pickles, her mom used to make them. The ones she gets at the store she eats but 'it isn't the same'...I made these for her and she LOVED them! They are now her favorite pickle. Thanks Linda for sharing the recipe!
Great recipe! Easy, and delicious. Will make again. Try it you will like it! Thanks for the recipe! My husband said " don't throw that recipe out, its a keeper!"
Reduced sugar slightly, but have made these throughout the summer season and they are going as fast as I can pick the cucumbers from the garden!
Tastes great and saves me a TON of time when I'm canning a year's worth of pickles. And my family appreciates not having to air the house out to get rid of the boiling vinegar smell. I can't recommend this recipe enough.
So delicious ans so easy!!
I have made these about 20 times now and every time I do the jar only lasts 1, mayyyybe 2, days. SO good! I put a little less than 1/2 c of sugar (dont like pickles very sweet) and as another suggested Cayenne pepper is a MUST! So good! Perfect balance of vinegary, sweet and spicy! Also a few times I have made it with ground mustard (out of seed) and I actually liked it better... I feel like it seeps in better or something. AWESOME recipe, Thank you!
I just found this recipe this week and holy moly was it easy and absolutely delicious! As good as grandma's but half the energy! I forgot celery seed but substituted a pinch of dill - also, the store was out of turmeric but I managed to eek a little out of their jar - didn't seem to make any big difference. I also didn't have any jars but sterilized an old pickle jar and lid - to my surprise it sealed again! I am soooo making more of these this week and probably will be making them forever more. Thanks!
Fabulous! Thank you! I can't make them fast enough for the kids. So easy and good.
WOW!! Pickles that fast...and from a microwave, no less! I took the suggestion of a previous reviewer and placed jarred pickles while hot in the refrigerator and they sealed on their own! Cool! Very good and right on the money for a delicious bread & butter pickle!
This was a great recipe. And a great concept. I have an organic garden and we seem to harvest a little every day. This recipe is fast and the cucumbers, bell peppers, onions still have a good crunch to them.