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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