[Ads-l] bread-and-butter pickles

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 29 05:52:35 UTC 2019

The "Bread and Butter"pickle appears to have been invented by Mrs. Omar Fanning, the former Cora Eades, of Streator, Illinois in the mid-1920s.  Mr. Fanning raised cucumbers and his wife and mother in law pickled smaller waste cucumbers.  People liked them and they built a successful business out of it, the Fanning Bread and Butter Pickle Company.

Some early articles refer to her famous bread and butter pickles.  Later articles credit them with inventing the pickles of that name.

The earliest examples (1925 and 1926) are specifically their pickles.
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> 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=E2=80=99s recipe and wondered about the name, which I saw use=
d 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=E2=80=99s recipe (which also=
> bell pepper).
> Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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