Recipes for what we grow and eat in the South. We love our vegetables and desserts down here. We eat what grows in our hot summers and warmer than usual winters. It's all good for you too. If you eat a southern diet you'll be eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Bread & Butter Squash Pickles, Old Alabama Recipe
Bread & Butter Squash Pickles
You may never make cucumber pickles again when you find out how easy and delicious these pickles are.
Oh, Squash, your growth is more than I can handle. I am
going to put you in a pickle. See how you like that. Yep, squash bread and
butter pickles. Try these with your butterbeans on the Sunday dinner table, or
that hamburger from the Saturday night grill, even better, the pickles make the
best hot dog better, believe me. You’ll be adding different flavors and a beautiful
color to your food.
A few hints if you have not made squash pickles before. If
you’re not crazy about bell pepper, cut the amount back. Such is the case with
my husband. So, I used one pepper. Also, remember that when some of these old
recipe were written, the garden peppers were not the size they are now. A large
grocery store or market pepper these days is about the size of 2 sweet bell
peppers from a garden. Personally, I prefer to use just squash and onions and
you can substitute more onions for the peppers if you prefer. This recipe made
2 pint jars using one pepper.
8 cups thinly sliced yellow summer squash
2 cups thinly sliced Vidalia or white onion
2 T. salt (kosher is good but not iodized)
2 ½ cups cider vinegar
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 teaspoons mustard seed
4 sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced
Combine squash and onions. Sprinkle with salt. Set aside for
one hour. Drain off liquid. Combine vinegar, sugar, celery seed, mustard seed
and peppers. Bring to a hard boil. Add squash mixture. Bring to a boil. Pack
into pint standard canning jars which have been boiled 15 minutes. Adjust jar
lids and bands. Process in a boiling water bath canner (212 degrees) for 5
minutes. Always follow manufacturers canning directions for safe canning and food storage.
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