[Ads-l] bread-and-butter pickles

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 29 15:54:19 UTC 2019

Do those citations show that the name came about before the Great Depression? BB

> On 28 Nov 2019, at 21:52, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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=
> includes
>> bell pepper).

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