So people used them in sandwiches of bread and butter because that’s all they could afford. The pickles are safe to eat. The difference between bread and butter pickles and sweet pickles is just a few ingredients. They have a distinct, slightly tangy taste. I think probably during the depression which was directly prior to the war. They may very well be common here, and I just never have happened to see them. 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 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. What they had going for them, however, was a reliable crop of cucumbers and Mrs. Fanning's great recipe for sweet & sour pickle chips. They are still served all over the country as "tea sandwiches". Actually, the roasted and peeled chestnuts from Trader Joe's. American Spirit. I'm pretty good at making kimchi by now, however. 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! But another thought, sweet pickles (aka bread and butter pickles) were always served on the table with a plate of sliced bread and butter. Bread & Butter Pickles – One of the Great Depression’s Greatest Hits During the Great Depression, sandwiches weren’t quite what they are today. 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. 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 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've never made them with bread and butter pickles but have made cucumber sandwiches at home too. They have the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. Jams and Jellies whenever the apricot tree or black raspberries were at the ready. Never have! I certainly never add sugar or anything sweet to them. I hate bread and butter pickles but I made these for my husband. I was born & raised in California. Forget about choice of aioli, or did you want roast tri tip or smoked turkey; back then it was more like, “Did you want cucumbers in your sandwich, or nothing in your sandwich?” In the City everyone had a garden during the depression and during WW2. I can't but I am shaking my head in disbelief, as my daughter asked the very same question last night! Which they seriously thought were nutritious. 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. I don't like sweet and sour pickles! Tips for Canning Bread & Butter Pickles Can anyone help with an answer to that? The best! Pickle it! So let me show you how simple this is. In fermented or crock pickles, the most common reason for hollow pickles is improper curing. [14] ". 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. 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. They're not sour, just sweet. And I could snack on them all day long. Bread was homemade, and 8-10-cents per loaf if bought from the store. 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. So they used the bread and butter pickle as a substitute for fresh cucumber sandwiches. I always buy their dills (better than any other I've found) and the B&B's are really good, too. DH grew up in Southern California, as did his parents, and grandparents. 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. I make these – A LOT. I tried to make some years ago, but they weren't very crunchy. I've been making fermented pickles, but I haven't gotten the spices/herbs right yet. They are a little sweet and a little sour. albert_135   39.17°N 119.76°W 4695ft. Bread and butter pickles are believed to have benefit to promote digestion. 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. Rinse the cucumber mixture in a colander and pat dry with paper towel to remove all excess water. This looks like a great recipe! I don't remember the exact dialog but I do remember it being pretty entertaining. Well, of course it never occurred to me why they are called bread and butter pickles, duh. They are, after all, very high in sodium and most of the calories in them come from added sugar. They are perfect for burgers, sandwiches, or snacked right out of the jar. Use proper brine strength and keep the product well-covered. 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. ANSWER 0 cinny ANSWERS: 1. I think that the pickles as we know them originate from India. After a certain time, the English started going to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and there weren't enough left to make that much of an influence here, except on the East Coast. A lot of foods were pickled, to preserve them. 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. Lisa Manderino August 24, 2020 - 11:27 pm. When she retired, I remember canning watermelon pickles, dill pickles, chow-chow, and bread/butter pickles each summer… tomatoes, pears, and peaches in the fall. 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. I have totally changed my mind about bread and butter pickles. I've read some books by Anne Perry recently, set during the Victorian reign, and "pickle" was always on the table. If the cucumber is too large, over 2 inches across, the pickling solution is not able to penetrate the core properly. Something, like bread and butter, to always have on hand. If you go to a tea garden in California, it will be either Japanese or Chinese - not English! Yes they are! The "pickle" in Victorian times was generally pickled onions, or a piccalilli type pickle. All rights reserved. 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. 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. The pickles were served as a sandwich filling paired with bread and butter for a cheap meal. Posted by publickman (My Page) on Wed, Dec 21, 11 at 20:56I think they are mentioned in The Importance of Being Ernest. He was hungry and ate them all up even though they were meant for his Aunt who was coming to visit. Bubbie's are sugary tasting and otherwise mild. The tea garden in San Antonio was also originally Japanese. Reply. Roasted chestnuts and sliced b&b pickles? They look so good! I eat them with sandwiches all the time, or just eat a couple of slices of pickle. Those three things were always placed on the table no matter what else was being served. I would assume that your mother made the cucumber sandwiches - I was referring to never having seen them on a menu. What are the odds?Jane. While folks back then served what they could grow- and cucumbers were easy to grow in many climates- still the produce outstripped the consumption. Why are my pickles turning cloudy? They go extremely well with chestnuts. Anyone know why they are called Bread & Butter? I have never been a big fan of pickles until I tried this recipe from a dear friend. Inspiration for dinner time under the stars, Inspiration for making that best pizza ever, Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals, The Contemplative Garden: A Place for Quiet Reflection, View all Gardening and Landscaping Stories. And a nice contrast to bread, cheese, peppers, etc. Bread and butter pickles are just a recipe for a sweet sour pickle. I’m making my favorite Bread and Butter Pickles. Anything else on the table? Promotes Digestion. They used a recipe which had been in Omar’s family for a few generations, so it may have been a known recipe in their area. Bread and butter pickles were served before meals with bread and butter. A fermented food was almost always served with a meal (sweet pickles, dill pickles, pickled beets, even sweet & sour sliced cucumbers in vinegar/sugar...). Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 2- 3 hours. Bread and butter pickles were invented by Omar and Cora Fanning in 1920 by a husband and wife farmer team in Illinois. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. 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 “old-fashioned” and “the latest thin… Even lettuce sandwiches. Feingold Association of the United States. I remember an elderly neighbor when I was about 12 eating garlic sandwiches. Here is a link that might be useful: Cooks Info - bread and butter pickles. I call them "sugar pickles". It appears that Bread and Butter Pickles may have originated with an Omar and Cora Fanning in Illinois. Every patch of dirt had some sort of vegetable growing. The evidence presented at the link Grainlady provided many years ago is convincing. My favorite pickle. Why are they called bread and butter pickles, they don't taste like bread or butter. 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! And a question that DH asked me just last week,too. :). What a lost culture. Cucumbers are easy to grow and prolific, so they … Yum, I love some homemade pickles! Lisa, yes, roasted. I love those and don't think they taste like bread and butter either. Supposedly the name goes back to the Depression era, when food was scarce. staple. Copyright © 2020 Saveur. In an old Raggedy Ann book I have, RA and Andy encounter some pirate girls who have stolen Babette the French doll. The following types of pickles are categorized as sweet. 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. 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. But what then to do with the leftover garden produce?? Saveur may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. 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