Friday, May 7, 2010

BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES WITH BELL PEPPERS

As a child in Southern Indiana, we had big gardens and grew lots of cucumbers, peppers, and other vegetables. We canned them and ate them all through the winter. This is one of our canning recipes.

4 qts sliced cucumbers
6 medium onions, diced
3 garlic cloves
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cups white vinegar
5 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp mustard seed
1 1/2 tsp celery seed

Put the cucumbers, onions, garlic, and bell peppers in a large pan or bowl and cover with ice. Let stand for three hours. Drain all the water from the vegetables and pack the vegetables into hot, sterilized quart or pint jars, leaving room for the liquid.

In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, turmeric, mustard seed, and celery seed. Bring the mixture to a boil. Pour the mixture over the vegetables leaving some air space at the top of each jar. Seal with hot steriled lids.

Before storing check to be sure jars have sealed. Top should have a slight indention and as the jars cool that should have made popping sounds. Any jars that haven't sealed should be refrigerated and used first.

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