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Spicy Bread and Butter Pickles


Our favorite pickles - a mix between classic dill and bread and butter pickles with a spicy kick!


  • 2lbs pickling cucumbers
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 4 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 flowering dill heads or some fresh dill sprigs
  • 1 habanero pepper or 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground chili
  • 1 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup pure water
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric or 1 finger of fresh turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorn


  1. Wash cucumbers and trim off the blossom end. Slice cucumbers into 1/4" thick rounds.
  2. Fill a bowl with ice and water and let cucumber slices sit in there to extra crispy up while you prep other ingredients.
  3. Peel and thinly slice the onion into rings. Peel and slice/crush/mince garlic, or even leave it whole. Wash and slice turmeric if using fresh. Set these ingredients aside while you prep jars and brine.
  4. Sterilize 2 quart-sized jars or 4 pint-sized jars and lids by filling them with boiling water in the sink.
  5. Bring water, vinegar, maple syrup, and spices to a boil in a saucepan. Make sure to add the water first and then the vinegar, as a chemical reaction may occur if done in reverse. Remember to "do as you oughta', add acid to water".
  6. Carefully pour out hot water from jars. Fill jars with onion, garlic, cucumbers, fresh turmeric, and dill. Pour brine into jars, enough to cover cucumbers, and leave 1/2" of headspace if canning. You may have some leftover brine, depending on how tightly packed your jars are, but it's better to have a little extra than not enough. If you have extra brine and some extra cucumber slices, just make a small jar with them.
  7. Seal jars with lids.
  8. If making refrigerator pickles, allow jars to cool a little before storing them in the refrigerator. Let them sit in the brine for a few days before opening, the longer they sit, the better they will taste.
  9. If canning, seal jars to finger tight. Bring water to a boil in a deep enough pot that water will cover jars by 2". Place jars into boiling water bath and cover, allow to boil for 20 minutes. Remove jars and make sure they are sealed properly before putting them up in dry storage. Canning utensils are mighty helpful so you don't get burned with boiling water.


  • Refrigerator pickles will keep for 2-3 months.
  • Canned pickles will keep for 1 year in dry storage. Refrigerate after opening.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes