[Ads-l] bread-and-butter pickles

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 28 19:19:12 UTC 2019

> The OED and Merriam-Webster do not list it.

That's quite surprising! I've been familiar with the term since early
childhood, so that I've never wondered what the origin of it might be. It
would have been like wondering what the meaning of _is_ is.

On Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 11:19 AM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>

> I made bread-and-butter pickles this year for the first time. I used my
> grandmother’s recipe and wondered about the name, which I saw used on some
> pickles at the grocery store.
> Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bread-and-butter_pickle <
> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bread-and-butter_pickle>) says its a sweet
> pickle used in sandwiches. The OED and Merriam-Webster do not list it.
> According to Cottage at the Crossroads (
> https://cottageatthecrossroads.com/bread-and-butter-pickles/ <
> https://cottageatthecrossroads.com/bread-and-butter-pickles/>), the name
> comes from the Depression when they were used on bread-and-butter
> sandwiches, which were a cheap meal.
> That recipe uses onion, vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, celery seed and
> turmeric, all of which are in my grandmother’s recipe (which also includes
> bell pepper).
> Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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