Squash Pickles With Zucchini or Yellow Summer Squash

Squash Pickles With Zucchini or Yellow Summer Squash

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Resting: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 3 pints

These squash pickles are very easy to prepare with yellow squash or zucchini. The summer squash is sliced and combined with sliced onions and seasonings. Use small squash or zucchini for small rounds.

These are similar to bread and butter pickles, but they're made with squash instead of cucumbers. This recipe makes about 3 pints; the recipe is easily doubled for a larger batch of pickles. These cucumber bread and butter pickles may be made with summer squash or zucchini as well.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds zucchini or summer squash, sliced into rounds (about 7 cups)

  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced (about 2 cups)

  • 1/4 cup pickling salt

  • 2 cups white vinegar

  • 1 to 2 cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and canning equipment.

    Squash Pickles With Zucchini or Yellow Summer Squash ingredients

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  2. Place zucchini or summer squash and onions in a large non-reactive pot; add the pickling salt and enough water to cover. Let stand for 2 hours.

    Place zucchini or summer squash and onions in a large pot

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  3. Pour the mixture into a colander; rinse well with cold water and drain thoroughly.

    zucchini, squash and onion in a colander

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  4. Return the rinsed squash to the non-reactive pot.

    zucchini, squash, and onions in a pot

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  5. Pour the vinegar into a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil and stir in 1 cup of the sugar, celery seed, turmeric, and mustard seed.

    vinegar, sugar, celery seed, turmeric, and mustard seed in a pot

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  6. Pour the hot vinegar over the squash and onions. Taste and add up to one cup additional sugar depending upon your preference. Let stand for 2 hours.

    vegetables in a pot

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  7. Meanwhile, prepare the jars and lids. Wash the jars and lids in hot, soapy water. Fill a large canner with water.

    prepared jars and lids

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  8. Place a rack in the pan and add the jars. Bring to a simmer. Turn the heat down to low to keep the jars hot.

    jars on a rack in a pot filled with water

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  9. Put the lids in a separate saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a bare simmer; do not boil. Keep them hot in the barely simmering water until it's time to seal the jars.

    jar lids in a pot with water

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  10. Bring the squash and vinegar mixture back to a boil, cook for 5 minutes then remove from the heat.

    vegetables in vinegar mixture in a pot

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  11. Pack the boiled squash pickles into the hot sterilized jars leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe the edges of the jar with a clean, damp paper towel and seal with the lid and screw-on bands. Do not over-tighten.

    Squash Pickles With Zucchini or Yellow Summer Squash in jars

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  12. Process pint or quart jars in the boiling water bath for 10 minutes from 1 to 1,000 feet, 15 minutes from 1,001 to 6,000 feet, or 20 minutes above 6,000 feet in altitude. Keep the water at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars, adding extra boiling water to cover, if necessary. Serve and enjoy.

    Squash Pickles With Zucchini or Yellow Summer Squash in jars, in a pot with boiling water

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