I had a ton of cucumbers grow in my garden this year and I wanted to try canning some pickles for my husband. While I do not eat pickles, he really enjoys them with his lunch. I found a bread and butter pickle recipe that looked good and that I didn't have to wait weeks to can. I simply put the cucumbers on ice for a few hours and then canned the pickles.
Bread and Butter Pickles (from Ball's Blue Book Guide to Preserving)
4 pounds cucumbers, cut into ¼ inch slices
2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
⅓ c. pickling salt
2 c. sugar
2 T. pickling spice
1 t. celery salt
1 t. mustard seed
3 c. white vinegar
Ball Pickle Crisp
1. Combine cucumber and onion slices in a large bowl, layering with the pickling salt. Cover the entire bowl with ice cubes. Let stand for 2 hours.
2. Drain the cucumbers and onions, rinse, and drain again. Combine all the remaining ingredients, except the Pickle Crisp, in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the drained cucumbers and onions and return to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes.
4. Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes. Remove from the canner and let sit for 12 hours then check the seal.