Bread and Butter Pickles- 1

Homemade Bread & Butter Pickles
This recipe was taken from Mommys Kitchen.net

http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2009/06/homemade-bread-butter-pickles.html

 It is unlike me, but I followed this exactly.
Note to myself:  If I Double the recipe I will be able to use an entire bowl of sliced cucumbers.  I used 1 qt equals roughly 2 lbs.  of sliced cucumbers to figure out how many lbs of cucumbers that I sliced from the garden.
  After I created the double recipe with her measurements I produced and processed 5 pints.  She said that I would have left over brine, and I did!  I had a lot of left over brine.  So I made four more pints from the left over brine.  That is how I came to use an entire stainless steel bowl of cucumber slices.   So this recipe yields 9 pints.
Hurrah!  I can hear the lids pop, pop, popping as I sit here and type this!
Love that sound.  It is like I won something.
Single recipe ( I doubled remember)
2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups cider vinegar (5% acidity)
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp celery seed
1 Tbsp mustard seed
1-1/2 Tbsp mixed pickling spice
(cinnamon stick, ginger, mustard seeds, cloves, peppercorns, chilies, etc.)
3-1/2 pounds cucumbers, cut into 1/4″ slicesIn a 5-quart pot (non-aluminum), combine sugar, vinegar, water and spices.
Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
Add cucumber slices.
Return to a boil, stirring gently and trying to submerge slices as they cook.
When the pot returns to a boil, boil for 90 seconds, then remove from heat.
The slices should have changed from a bright cucumber green to a darker pickle green.Using tongs or a slotted spoon, fill hot jars with pickles slices, then fill each with pickling liquid, leaving 1/8″ head space.
(You may have extra brine; you can refrigerate this up to a week if you are making another batch soon.)  Ahhh yes, you will have extra brine for sure…Wipe rims clean with a damp paper cloth and add lids and rings.
Process in a boiling water bath — 20 minutes for quarts, 10 minutes for pints.
Begin timing when the water has returned to a boil after you submerge your jars.
I hope that they are a bit crunchy!

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