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Bread & Butter Pickles

Yields1 Serving

 10 cups thickly sliced small pickling or wee English cucumbers
 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
 ½ cup coarse pickling salt
 3 cups sugar
 4 cups apple cider vinegar
 3 Tbsp. pickling spices (or try some turmeric, mustard seed, celery seed and a few cloves)
1

Slice the pickles, red pepper and onion into a large bowl and sprinkle with salt. Toss and refrigerate for about 6 hours. Pour off the excess moisture, rinse and drain well.

2

In a large pot, bring the sugar and vinegar to a boil. Add the cucumber mixture and spices and cook for a minute or two. Divide the pickles into jars and pour in the brine to within 1/2 inch of the rim; wipe it clean and seal. If you'd like to process them for long-term storage, Bernardin suggests processing pickles in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Otherwise, store them in the fridge for up to a month.