A lady would deliver a jar of these homemade pickles to her hostess, along with or in lieu of a formal "bread and butter" thank you letter. They are perfect for burgers, sandwiches, or snacked right out of the jar. This looks like a great recipe! Supposedly they got their name because during the Great Depression, they were a cheap staple in households. I do not think that cucumber sandwiches are served all over the country - but mainly in the parts where Anglos and the English settled. Most working people bought their meals from carts on the street - a piece of cheese, some bread, and "pickle"; or a meat sandwich or meat pie with "pickle". If you go to a tea garden in California, it will be either Japanese or Chinese - not English! The story attached to the nameis that the Fannings survived rough years by making the pickles with their surplus of undersized cucumbers and bartering them with their grocer for staples such as bread and butter. It's like sauerkraut or cranberry sauce with Thanksgiving dinner. Bread and butter pickles are just a recipe for a sweet sour pickle. I don't like sweet and sour pickles! Use proper brine strength and keep the product well-covered. My friend kept bringing me cucumbers so I gave these a try. I don't know how they got their name, but this thread made me impulse buy a jar of Bubbies B&B pickles. Can anyone help with an answer to that? The "pickle" in Victorian times was generally pickled onions, or a piccalilli type pickle. While folks back then served what they could grow- and cucumbers were easy to grow in many climates- still the produce outstripped the consumption. So I was wondering why they are called bread and butter pickles. I do not like any sweet cucumber pickles, and now I make my own, although I admit that Clauson dill pickles are better than mine. Never have! Bread and Butter Pickles. One answer I saw was that they got the name during the depression when sometimes pickles and bread and butter was all people had. Lots of gardens grown then also. We lived on raw cucumber sandwiches (bread/butter/cucumber slices and salt and pepper) for lunch, as well as tomato sandwiches (not BLT, just bread/butter/sliced tomatoes/salt and pepper) all summer long, growing up in Kansas. And a question that DH asked me just last week,too. And that movie is what I always think of when I hear of cucumber sandwiches. Fresh pack or quick process pickles are not fermented. Which they seriously thought were nutritious. Rinse the cucumber mixture in a colander and pat dry with paper towel to remove all excess water. In an old Raggedy Ann book I have, RA and Andy encounter some pirate girls who have stolen Babette the French doll. I was always intrigued by them whenever I would hear about them while watching an English movie - I think they are mentioned in The Importance of Being Ernest, but I had always thought that cucumber or watercress sandwiches were something of a joke and not something that anyone actually ate! I don’t think anyone eats bread and butter pickles for the health benefits. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 2- 3 hours. Something we'll never find evidence for is the likelihood that "sweet and sour" wasn't trademarkable for pickles, being just a descriptor in common use, so "bread and butter" having a similar assonance, and rhythm (even though different syllables), was put down on the form instead. [14] ". I think they are right about naming Bread and Butter Pickles prior to WWII. The Best Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe – EVER!!! Every patch of dirt had some sort of vegetable growing. The topmost one is cucumber with watercress butter. Here is a link that might be useful: Cooks Info - bread and butter pickles. Many people wonder, why are they called ‘bread and butter pickles’? Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. I was trying to make them like Bubbies bread and butter pickles- they are so good and stay really crisp. Not wanting to waste anything they took the cucumbers they grew that were too small to sell and made them into sweet and tart pickles. Always had to eat the savoury before the sweet at tea-time! I always have Bread and Butter Pickles on hand but never made a sandwich with just the Pickles . Lisa, yes, roasted. A bread and butter pickle is to sweet pickles as Kendall Jenner is to the … Why are my pickles turning cloudy? A lot of foods were pickled, to preserve them. Historically, Germans and Italians have outnumbered the English in the number of immigrants who came here. The tea garden in San Antonio was also originally Japanese. And a nice contrast to bread, cheese, peppers, etc. I hate bread and butter pickles but I made these for my husband. "We have bread and butter and dill pickles!" Moms could grow the cukes, serve them fresh as long as they lasted without refrigeration, but then had to pickle them to make them last all the rest of the year. Reply. As a child I thought it odd, but perhaps it was a treat back when the book was written. Note that Wiki also says that likely the recipe is much older.....and the only thing Wiki knows is what people tell it....not always correct information.If the story is true about the Fannings originating the name, It sure did spread fast without national advertising nor TV nor...facebook>From 1924 being patented by a family in Streator Illinois to being published as a recipe in a cookbook published in Boston Massachusettes in 18 years, seems improbable.I don't doubt they patented a recipe by that name, but I contend "Bread and butter pickles" was part of the vernacular describing a simple sliced sweet pickle, long before the Fannings got a patent. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 2- 3 hours. Never saw cucumber sandwiches on a menu.....but often on a sandwich tray or on a plate with a salad.If you grew up in an Italian neighborhood in south Philly, likely you didn't ever see cucumber sandwiches...onion sandwiches were likely the thing. So they used the bread and butter pickle as a substitute for fresh cucumber sandwiches. While we know now that cooking destroys many of the vitamins in any food product- back then they did not know that. I have used them in a Sandwich and Hoagies but always with Lunchmeat and Cheese. I have never been a big fan of pickles until I tried this recipe from a dear friend. Maybe I should give it another go. What are the odds?Jane. Anyone know why they are called Bread & Butter? The pickles were served as a sandwich filling paired with bread and butter for a cheap meal. I have totally changed my mind about bread and butter pickles. What a lost culture. I eat them with sandwiches all the time, or just eat a couple of slices of pickle. I can't but I am shaking my head in disbelief, as my daughter asked the very same question last night! Bread and butter was a staple at meals, kind of food extenders, to make the small amounts go further, add pickles to the mix, bread and butter and pickles. The pirate girls at one point lay siege to RA and A, and taunt them by setting up a picnic outside and remarking loudly on the treats they are enjoying. -- Feingold News. Omar and Cora, though, commercialized the pickle with the “Bread and Butter” name in the early 1920s, applying for a trademark on the logo for the pickles in 1923. The best! At wordorigins, an etymology site, a professior says he can not come up with anything earlier than Wikipedia's "The origin of the name and the spread of their popularity in the United States is attributed to Omar and Cora Fanning, a pair of Illinois cucumber farmers who started selling sweet and sour pickles in the 1920s and filed for the trademark "Fanning's Bread and Butter Pickles" in r1923 (though the recipe and similar ones are probably much older). The pickles are safe to eat. I love those and don't think they taste like bread and butter either. A Bonnier Corporation Company. They are, after all, very high in sodium and most of the calories in them come from added sugar. The contemporary descriptions call them "sweet and sour". The difference between bread and butter pickles and sweet pickles is just a few ingredients. Judges called them "an essential ingredient for a great cheeseburger." Posted by publickman (My Page) on Wed, Dec 21, 11 at 20:56I think they are mentioned in The Importance of Being Ernest. I just looked in a couple of old cookbooks....and in the Boston cookbook 1942 edition, there was a recipe for bread and butter pickles....but in another edition dated 1914 there wasn't such a recipe.I think it unlikely that bread and butter pickles were a depression thing... and made it into a cook book that quickly. I once accidentally bought a jar of Bubbie's and opened them before realizing. In any case, they … According to some sources, they were used as a common sandwich filling served with bread and butter during the Depression. All rights reserved. I don't know about other brands, because the exact flavor is probably important. Those three things were always placed on the table no matter what else was being served. Really, pickles and chestnuts--that is very intetesting! A fermented food was almost always served with a meal (sweet pickles, dill pickles, pickled beets, even sweet & sour sliced cucumbers in vinegar/sugar...). Bubbie's are sugary tasting and otherwise mild. But what then to do with the leftover garden produce?? They may very well be common here, and I just never have happened to see them. We had elderly neighbors who always called cucumbers "pickles" whether they were pickled or not, so I would tend to go with the Depression Era origin for the name. They were midwestern cucumber farmers in the early 1900s who became quite famous for their sweet-and-sour pickles. If the cucumber is too large, over 2 inches across, the pickling solution is not able to penetrate the core properly. To wit: "Bread and Butter" is a name given to the pickles by Mrs. Fanning's Pickles, when applying for a trademark. Reply. The Little Gourmand has decided he likes them and asked me why they were called Bread & Butter pickles. So after reading that, I tried some of these pickles on a piece of bread with some butter… Saveur may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. nothing quite like them. I reread all of the posts this morning from this resurrected thread, and took out my old cookbooks and found recipes for Bread & Butter Pickles pre-depression, but not WWI era, so after a little searching on the internet found this bit of information: In the early part of the [Ed: 20th] century Cora and Omar Fanning of Streator, IL found themselves short on cash. Bread and Butter Pickles became quickly popular in the 1920s, alternately being marketed as “old-fashioned” and “the latest thin… Pickle it! Bread & Butter Pickles – One of the Great Depression’s Greatest Hits During the Great Depression, sandwiches weren’t quite what they are today. I make these – A LOT. I don't know the origins of the pickle name but cucumber sandwiches are alive and well in American tearooms. Although Mrs. Fanning's pickles began in the Midwest, they are not widely distributed there, but are more readily found in the Eastern, Southern and Western states." These bread and butter pickles are a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. The words "Bread & Butter" refer to the taste and not the preparation method. In 1923 they filed a trademark on the name “Fanning’s Bread and Butter pickles”. I haven't seen them on the West Coast either, and so I think they are mainly an East Coast-Midwest-Southern type of dish. Bread and butter pickles are just a recipe for a sweet sour pickle. I was born & raised in California. So they picked and pickled them- adapting and using old recipes that would appeal to their children's pallets, (always a huge concern). But another thought, sweet pickles (aka bread and butter pickles) were always served on the table with a plate of sliced bread and butter. I like the sharp contrast of a bread and butter pickle with whatever else I'm eating. Place the cucumber, onion and salt into a bowl stirring the salt to coat the vegetables. Why are they called “bread and butter” pickles. White Flower Farms in Litchfield, Connecticut is famous for their annual spring sale featuring bread, butter, & cucumber sandwiches while people stroll the gardens. Midway between dainty afternoon tea and grab-and-go farmhouse lunch, Amy Theilen’s pickle sandwich is an under-the-radar fixture of American home snacking. Like bread and butter letters, bread and butter pickles were given as gifts to express thanks for hospitality. 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