jill's bread and butter pickles:
note: the size of this recipe can be reduced
8 quarts sliced cucumbers
5 sliced large onions
3/4 canning or kosher salt
5 pound bag of sugar (roughly 10 cups)
6 cups of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon celery seed
4 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes(can be omitted if you can't take the heat:)
2 cloves of garlic for each quart jar
it is a great time to get out your canning jars (enough to hold 8 quarts in whatever combination you choose) make sure that the jars are spotlessly clean and that there are no chips on the rim at the top(critical for sealing the jars) you will need a jar ring and new lid for each jar...
the canning process for these pickles is called 'hot pack'. 2 things are essential in successful canning. everything must be very clean and very hot! i put my clean jars in the dishwasher and run it through a full cycle, timing it so that they are in the drying cycle when it is time to fill the jars. the lids and rings go into my steamer and i boil them for 20 minutes. the water is boiling as i use them.
okay: time to make the pickles.
the jars are in the rinse cycle of the dishwasher, the lids are rattling away in the boiling water on top of the stove.
drain the cucumbers
place all the syrup ingredients in a 12 gallon pot. stir till it comes to a boil.
add the onions, bring to a boil
add the drained cucumbers, continue stirring till it reaches a simmer and the cucumbers have turned from green to yellow-green
take out 1/2 of the jars and plop in garlic
fill jars 3/4 with pickles and top with syrup, leaving 1/2 inch at top
run clean damp paper towel around top of jar to make sure no seeds are there
take out hot lid and ring and secure lid on jar (twist)
continue procedure till all pickles and syrup are gone
now you can not mess with these jars till you have heard the magic 'ping' which means that the jars have sealed. when the jars have cooled, you can check to make sure that they are sealed by pressing on the center of the lid. there will be no play on sealed jars
if you have leftover syrup: combine it with mayo,shredded cabbage and make coleslaw.