Bread and Butter Pickles w/o onion?

2ajsmamaJuly 25, 2012

My dad brought some pickling cukes over and I have a couple, he asked me to make B&B or sweet pickles for him but I just realized I don't have any onion! Think these will be OK without (I don't actually eat the onions, but think they add to the taste)? My onions are still pretty small (too dry). Thanks

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Sure they add to the flavor but they are optional.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 10:30PM
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Only pickles I made last year were fermented dills - didn't have many pickling cukes (planted in poor soil) though the slicing cukes did well.

But I got out my Joy of Pickling and found the "My Way" recipe doesn't call for onions - I did make those in 2010 and thought they needed a bit more sugar and maybe some cloves though (and I will definitely skip the red pepper flakes for my dad!).

Now - wondering if I should try making B&B zukes - not necessarily at same time/in same jar. Think there was a recipe posted here (I'm sure there's one in Ball Complete). But do the zukes need to be small (size of a slicing cuke) to make those successfully? Would crookneck squash work (see other post)?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 10:17AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Just as with cukes the smaller the zuke/squash the better. That is true for both eating and making pickles.

When they get large you can still use them but then, just as with large cukes, chunks works better than slices or make relish out of them.

You can use any pickle recipes on squash.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 10:46AM
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Oh, thanks Dave, I should have read this thread first. Not a big one for relish, I can try B&B chunks instead of slices. Is there an approved "chunk" recipe that will tell me how big/small to cut them?

Crossing threads here - but the crookneck squash has a bit tougher skin when big - peel it? Longer processing time? How would you pickle those?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 11:31AM
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