Sweet Cucumber Pickles

by , October 21, 2017
cucumber pickles
Photo by Diana Rattray

Sliced red bell peppers and onions add flavor and color to these sweet cucumber pickles.

Quick Pickled Onions
Mom's Bread and Butter Pickles

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes



  1. Wash the jars and lids in hot soapy water. Put the jars put them in a large water bath canner. Fill the pot about two-thirds full with water and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Keep the jars in the hot water until it's time to fill them.
  2. Put the lids in a saucepan of water; bring to a simmer. Keep warm.
  3. Quarter the onions and slice thinly. Remove the stem from the bell peppers. Remove the seeds and white membrane and then slice them.
  4. In a bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers with the peppers and onions. Toss with the salt and let stand for 30 minutes. Drain in a large colander and rinse under cold water.
  5. In a large, nonreactive pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, turmeric, and mustard seeds. Add the drained and rinsed vegetables and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. With clean tongs, remove a jar from the water. Fill it with vegetables and liquid, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles with a small spatula (silicone or plastic, not metal). Wipe the rim and threads of the jar with a damp paper towel and then place the lid on the jar. Screw the band on "fingertip-tight." Don't over-tighten. Repeat with the remaining jars until all of the vegetables and liquid are used.
  7. Bring the water in the canner to a boil.
  8. Place the jars in a rack and lower them into the hot water in the canner. The water should be at least 1 inch above the jars. If necessary, add more hot or boiling water to the canner. Lower the heat to maintain a gentle boil and cover the canning kettle. Boil for 5 minutes. For altitudes over 1,001 feet, see the table below.

Altitude Adjustments

Altitude FeetIncrease Processing
1,001 to 3,0005 minutes
3,001 to 6,00010 minutes
6,001 to 8,00015 minutes
8,001 to 10,00020 minutes

Makes about 8 pints.


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(1 serving = 1/4 cup)

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