Traditional Bread and Butter Pickles

Perfect garnish or snack.


  • 3 ½ lbs pickling cucumbers (about 14 small to medium cucumbers)
  • ¼ cup Bread and Butter Pickle Mix
  • 2 ½ cups (625 ml) granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ cups (625 ml) white vinegar


  • Place 4 clean 500 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.
  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.
  • With a soft brush, scrub and rinse cucumbers thoroughly in cold running water. Remove 1/8-inch (3 mm) slice from each end of cucumbers. Cut cucumber crosswise into thin 1/16-inch (2 mm) slices and set aside.
  • In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine Sweet Pickle Mix, sugar and vinegar. Over high heat, bring mixture to a full rolling boil. Add prepared vegetables; turn heat off; and let stand for about 30 minutes. 
  •   SHELF-STABLE: Pack vegetables into a hot 500 ml mason jar to within ¾ inch (2 cm) of top rim. Add hot liquid to cover pickles to within ½-inch (1 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more  hot liquid. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining pickle mixture and  hot liquid.
  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 15 minutes.*
  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.