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. Cucumber Sandwiches are very British. So I was wondering why they are called bread and butter pickles. It was always my understanding that Bread & Butter pickles got their name from folks in the 1920's who used their so called Sweet & Sour pickles to barter for staples like bread and butter, so they were eventually called Bread & Butter pickles. Bread and butter pickles were invented by Omar and Cora Fanning in 1920 by a husband and wife farmer team in Illinois. 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". The Little Gourmand has decided he likes them and asked me why they were called Bread & Butter pickles. 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). Bread and butter pickles are just a recipe for a sweet sour pickle. Sweet pickles use cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in a vinegar-sugar brine. I can definitely see the marketing value of the name. The onions are a nice complement to the pickles and also look great in the pickle jar. I have never been a big fan of pickles until I tried this recipe from a dear friend. 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. I don't know how they got their name, but this thread made me impulse buy a jar of Bubbies B&B pickles. Mrs. Fanning worked out an agreement with a local grocer, who gave her groceries -- including bread 'n butter -- in exchange for the pickles. They may very well be common here, and I just never have happened to see them. I agree with sushi.....but think the term originated earlier than the depression. Theyâre also referred to as ânew dills.â Sweet: These pickles are made in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, water, and spices. â Make It 30 Bread & Butter Pickles â One of the Great Depressionâs Greatest Hits During the Great Depression, sandwiches werenât quite what they are today. I grew up in central Illinois in the '40s loving bread and butter pickles on hamburgers. Pickles go back a long way. 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. The following types of pickles are categorized as sweet. Iâm making my favorite Bread and Butter Pickles. Bread and butter pickles are believed to have benefit to promote digestion. Without knowing any of this when I was young I like to make a sandwich of mayo, chedder cheese, and Bread and Butter Pickles. Can anyone help with an answer to that? Of course I have had cucumber sandwiches and probably made dozens of them over the years, but it never occurred to me that Bread & Butter pickles would be used in the same manner. In 1923 they filed a trademark on the name âFanningâs Bread and Butter picklesâ. They are a little sweet and a little sour. albert_135 ã 39.17Â°N 119.76Â°W 4695ft. I like them as an alternative to a cookie. Interesting discussion. What are the odds?Jane. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Growing up, anything in the kitchen went on a sandwich for lunch, including leftover potatoes (sliced with mayo and mustard, salt and pepper, sort of tastes like potato salad) and even leftover pork and bean sandwiches. It was an accidental then repeated combination from a collation, so, yes, other things on the table, but half a chestnut on a Bubbie's b&b pickle chip is its own little mismatched-texture canape of happiness. Roasted chestnuts and sliced b&b pickles? Bread was homemade, and 8-10-cents per loaf if bought from the store. 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. So few people enjoy tea any more - it's now really just tea-shops and very expensive high end hotels that do tea any more although I'm told that garden centres do a good tea these days! While folks back then served what they could grow- and cucumbers were easy to grow in many climates- still the produce outstripped the consumption. The basic bread and butter pickles recipe adds a sliced sweet onion to the pickling mic of cucumber, white vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, coriander seeds and celery seeds. Even lettuce sandwiches. (cue the Twilight Zone music!). I was curious as to why they were called âbread and butter picklesâ and found out that they used to be served on bread and butter during the depression era because they were so cheap and easy to make. I think that the pickles as we know them originate from India. I don't remember the exact dialog but I do remember it being pretty entertaining. Reply. Actually, the roasted and peeled chestnuts from Trader Joe's. 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." Bread and butter pickles were served before meals with bread and butter. One answer I saw was that they got the name during the depression when sometimes pickles and bread and butter was all people had. I have totally changed my mind about bread and butter pickles. So after reading that, I tried some of these pickles on a piece of bread with some butterâ¦ So let me show you how simple this is. 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. It's like sauerkraut or cranberry sauce with Thanksgiving dinner. They are still served all over the country as "tea sandwiches". Copyright © 2020 Saveur. The best! nothing quite like them. Place the cucumber, onion and salt into a bowl stirring the salt to coat the vegetables. I once accidentally bought a jar of Bubbie's and opened them before realizing. Yum, I love some homemade pickles! They were named by Cara and Omar Fannings anscestors and they got the official patent for the name in 1924. And I could snack on them all day long. Why Are They Called Bread and Butter Pickles? I've never made them with bread and butter pickles but have made cucumber sandwiches at home too. If you go to a tea garden in California, it will be either Japanese or Chinese - not English! Promotes Digestion. I eat them with sandwiches all the time, or just eat a couple of slices of pickle. Bread and Butter Pickles. Omar and Cora, though, commercialized the pickle with the âBread and Butterâ name in the early 1920s, applying for a trademark on the logo for the pickles in 1923. But another thought, sweet pickles (aka bread and butter pickles) were always served on the table with a plate of sliced bread and butter. Rinse the cucumber mixture in a colander and pat dry with paper towel to remove all excess water. While similar pickles have been around for generations, the original recipe for bread and butter pickles is thought to have come from Omar and Cora Fanning. So they picked and pickled them- adapting and using old recipes that would appeal to their children's pallets, (always a huge concern). This sounds potentially apocryphal, though the evidence is clear that the Fannings were the first to sell them, and that they were different from other sweet pickles; also that the recipe had been in the Fanning family for a couple of generations, so while they may have been unusual, they were probably not unique. What they had going for them, however, was a reliable crop of cucumbers and Mrs. Fanning's great recipe for sweet & sour pickle chips. I don't like sweet and sour pickles! A Bonnier Corporation Company. According to Wikipedia: The origin of the name 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 âFanningâs Bread and Butter Picklesâ¦ And yes, we had them with bread and butter when the pickles were freshly made, and the bottle opened warm, between two slices of bread and butter. Supposedly they got their name because during the Great Depression, they were a cheap staple in households. I like the sharp contrast of a bread and butter pickle with whatever else I'm eating. Bread, butter, & cucumber sandwiches are a hold over from our country's English heritage. I always thought the cucumber sandwich was an English influence because my mother was from Canada and I don't remember other families in our neighborhood ever eating cucumber sandwiches like we did. When she retired, I remember canning watermelon pickles, dill pickles, chow-chow, and bread/butter pickles each summerâ¦ tomatoes, pears, and peaches in the fall. I tried to make some years ago, but they weren't very crunchy. To wit: "Bread and Butter" is a name given to the pickles by Mrs. Fanning's Pickles, when applying for a trademark. You will find them on the menu in restaurants or Tea Rooms serving Afternoon Tea. Many people wonder, why are they called âbread and butter picklesâ? Bread and butter pickles, unlike some other varieties, can be eaten within a few days of canning, and they do not require a lengthy time on the shelf to intensify their flavor. Never saw anyone eating Cucumbers and Bread. The story, true or not, given by the pickle company is that Mrs. Fanning made them from the cucumbers too small to sell and traded them to the grocer for bread and butter. If so, it would be clever, because bread and butter are a basic part of any old shopping list, so bread and butter pickles implies you should have pickles in your shopping basket as a matter of course. What a lost culture. I don't know the origins of the pickle name but cucumber sandwiches are alive and well in American tearooms. They have the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. They really wanted to go with a tuna sandwich, but I had some leftover King Salmon in the refer and just settled for that in a sandwich to go with, lol. Why are they called âbread and butterâ pickles. -- Feingold News. I make piccalilli - so simple and so much better home-made. Well, of course it never occurred to me why they are called bread and butter pickles, duh. I think probably during the depression which was directly prior to the war. Place the cucumber, onion and salt into a bowl stirring the salt to coat the vegetables. I only bought bread and butter pickles once - by mistake - and I threw them out because they were way too sweet for me. I don't know about other brands, because the exact flavor is probably important. Which they seriously thought were nutritious. Then he made up some story (I can't remember) about why there weren't any cucumber sandwiches for her, but she saw right through his lies. I love those and don't think they taste like bread and butter either. White Flower Farms in Litchfield, Connecticut is famous for their annual spring sale featuring bread, butter, & cucumber sandwiches while people stroll the gardens. When I lived in France, my cousins (deportation camp survivors originally from Germany) served bread and butter pickles, pickled beets, and other pickled vegetables with different kinds of French breads and butter as an appetizer before meals. They're not sour, just sweet. They used a recipe which had been in Omarâs family for a few generations, so it may have been a known recipe in their area. In fermented or crock pickles, the most common reason for hollow pickles is improper curing. Here is a link that might be useful: Cooks Info - bread and butter pickles. Some restaurants did that, too, although I cannot recall ever hearing how they were named. Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. And a question that DH asked me just last week,too. In the summer cucumber sandwiches were very popular, thin slices of cukes on bread with butter- very English. Posted by publickman (My Page) on Wed, Dec 21, 11 at 20:56I think they are mentioned in The Importance of Being Ernest. Cucumbers are easy to grow and prolific, so they â¦ If the cucumber is too large, over 2 inches across, the pickling solution is not able to penetrate the core properly. Lots of gardens grown then also. I have used them in a Sandwich and Hoagies but always with Lunchmeat and Cheese. I was trying to make them like Bubbies bread and butter pickles- they are so good and stay really crisp. Jams and Jellies whenever the apricot tree or black raspberries were at the ready. Like bread and butter letters, bread and butter pickles were given as gifts to express thanks for hospitality. I always buy their dills (better than any other I've found) and the B&B's are really good, too. I tried Googling, and have found a couple answers: According to egullet.com, bread and butter pickles are named such because during the Depression, they were as regular a part of a diet as bread and butter.. Another answer was. They are, after all, very high in sodium and most of the calories in them come from added sugar. That's what my grandma always said, also because they were so easy to make, like bread, and butter. Bread and Butter Pickles became quickly popular in the 1920s, alternately being marketed as âold-fashionedâ and âthe latest thinâ¦ While there is no definitive answer, we pose two possibilities: One dates back to the Great Depression era because pickles were an affordable staple to have on hand in many households. They â¦ So they used the bread and butter pickle as a substitute for fresh cucumber sandwiches. And Iâm gonna show you my little secret. I do not think that cucumber sandwiches are served all over the country - but mainly in the parts where Anglos and the English settled. The topmost one is cucumber with watercress butter. I would assume that your mother made the cucumber sandwiches - I was referring to never having seen them on a menu. 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. While we know now that cooking destroys many of the vitamins in any food product- back then they did not know that. All rights reserved. Another story has to do with some lady who made them for a store and traded them for staple supplies, like bread and butter. I loved this type of pickle growing up. 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. A bread and butter pickle is to sweet pickles as Kendall Jenner is to the â¦ I've been making fermented pickles, but I haven't gotten the spices/herbs right yet. This looks like a great recipe! Supposedly the name goes back to the Depression era, when food was scarce. Anything else on the table? Use proper brine strength and keep the product well-covered. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 2- 3 hours. staple. I used to grow watercress in my pond in Venice, but I never made sandwiches out of it, although I added it to sandwiches, as I did with arugula. Something, like bread and butter, to always have on hand. The contemporary descriptions call them "sweet and sour". If a noncloudy appearance is desired, a fresh brine can be used to pack the pickles when they are â¦ With Bubbie's pickle chips. They are perfect for burgers, sandwiches, or snacked right out of the jar. 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. I always have Bread and Butter Pickles on hand but never made a sandwich with just the Pickles . Page 5. I ate cucumber sandwiches frequently growing up. They were midwestern cucumber farmers in the early 1900s who became quite famous for their sweet-and-sour pickles. It appears that Bread and Butter Pickles may have originated with an Omar and Cora Fanning in Illinois. Thanks so much for the information. Yes they are! My friend kept bringing me cucumbers so I gave these a try. Backyard gardens often produced more cucumbers than any family could eat in one season. Saveur may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. Really, pickles and chestnuts--that is very intetesting! The Best Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe â EVER!!! 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American Spirit. Lisa, yes, roasted. :). A lot of foods were pickled, to preserve them. 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. DH grew up in Southern California, as did his parents, and grandparents. These bread and butter pickles are a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. Every patch of dirt had some sort of vegetable growing.  ". Bread and butter pickles are just a recipe for a sweet sour pickle. They got the name "bread and butter" during the great depression when fresh cucumbers were eaten for lunch with bread and butter, and a cheap source of what was considered a vegetable back in the day. Midway between dainty afternoon tea and grab-and-go farmhouse lunch, Amy Theilenâs pickle sandwich is an under-the-radar fixture of American home snacking. Fresh pack or quick process pickles are not fermented. So people used them in sandwiches of bread and butter because thatâs all they could afford. 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. I've never seen them in Texas or the Southwest or Louisiana. My favorite were the bread and butter pickles, spicy and crispâ¦ tangy almost.
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