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Yum Yum Pickles

Yum Yum Pickles

Yum Yum Pickles
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Yum Yum Pickles are made from thinly-sliced cucumbers preserved in vinegar and sugar. Some home recipes add other ingredients such as onion and green pepper. Seasoning can include mustard seed, cloves, ground turmeric, and celery seed.

They are crisp and sweet, with a touch of sour, making them a good introduction for children to pickled foods.

Yum Yum Pickles are very similar to bread and butter pickles; in fact, they usually look identical.

The difference is that Yum Yum Pickles are far sweeter. [1] Home recipes usually call for double the amount of sugar as goes into bread and butter pickles, such as 6 cups of sugar for the Yum Yums, versus 3 cups for the bread and butter.

A popular brand in Canada is that made by the company called Bick's®. Seasoning for the Bick's brand includes mustard seed.

Cooking Tips

Yum Yum Pickles are good on burgers and sandwiches, particularly inside sandwiches such as tuna salad and egg salad, or on the side with sandwiches such as grilled cheese.

Chopped Yum Yum Pickles can be added to bound salads such as pasta and potato salads. The juice can be used for braising or marinating pork in.

When making Yum Yum Pickles at home, you can use a food processor to do the slicing of the cucumbers.

Nutrition Facts
Per Bick's Yum Yum Pickles, per 4 slices of pickle
8 g
7 g
Weight Watchers®
Per 7 slices (30 g)

* PointsPlus™ calculated by CooksInfo.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

History Notes

Pickles named "Yum Yum" were being made in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland by Rowat & Co at the turn of the 1900s. [2]

Some early advertisements for Yum Yum Pickles:

1 bot. Yum Yum Pickles. 25c. -- Advertisement. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs Gazette. 14 November 1905, page 16.

"Yum Yum Pickles as Good as They Sound. Yum Yum pickles, mixed pickles preserved, sweet, spicy, flavory, just the item to "whet" your appetite, in bottles of three sizes." "If you like sweet pickles, here is a palate-tickler. Baytle's "Yum Yum" pickles, preserved in heavy liquid, and spices." -- Advertisements placed by Lutey's Grocery Store in the Anaconda Standard. Anaconda, Montana. (9 April 1906, Page 11 and 31 May 1906, Page 9.)

"Richelieu Yum Yum Pickles. Imitated by many, but equaled by none." -- Advertisement. The Bismarck Tribune. North Dakota. 20 August 1926

YUM YUM PICKLES, Ferndell brand. These are so different. Large jar. 35c. -- Advertisement. The Emporia Gazette. Emporia, Kansas. 17 Feb 1928. Page 8.

Literature & Lore

Easy Cucumber Pickle Recipe

Tribune Expert Replies to Many Requests Received From Column Readers By MARTHA LEE
SO many requests have come in for easy cucumber pickles, that I have selected some for today's column. All commercial vinegar should be diluted one-third to one-half with fresh water before using on pickles. [ED note 2010: Note this dilution instruction is in reference to vinegar being sold in 1936; disregard for the vinegar now commercially being sold today.]

6 quarts of cucumbers, sliced for the table.
1 quart onions, sliced.
4 large green peppers cut fine.

Place the above ingredients in layers in salt water and let stand for 3 hours. Drain and add:

6 cups vinegar.
6 cups sugar.
3 teaspoons turmeric powder,
1/4 teaspoon white mustard seed
a few cloves.
Heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Pour over the vegetables, and seal in hot jars.

Slice 25 cucumbers of medium size and 12 onions. Soak in ice water with 1/2 cup of salt for 3 hours. Scald 1 quart of vinegar, 2 cups of white sugar, 2 teaspoons of mustard seed, 2 teaspoons turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons celery seed, 1 large teaspoon of cassia buds. Add the cucumbers and onions and just heat through. Put in jars and seal.

Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. 16 September 1936. Page 23.

While you've got the preserving jars out, here is the pickle recipe you requested, S.K. It was sent in by Mrs. St, J.:

12 pounds pickling cucumbers, thickly sliced
4 cups sliced onions
1/2 cup coarse salt
16 cups water
6 cups vinegar
6 cups sugar
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed

Wash cukes and slice without peeling. Slice onions. Dissolve salt in water and pour over cukes and onions. Let stand three hours; drain. Bring vinegar, sugar and spices to a boil. Add vegetables; allow to come to a boil. Pour immediately into sterilized jars and seal. Makes 12 quarts.

Another reader's recipe was similar, except pickling cucumbers are left whole and onions are omitted. Still another recipe includes two green peppers, chopped, added to the sliced cucumbers, and four small heads of fresh dill added to the vinegar mixture. (Remove dill before sealing in jars.) -- Larson, Evelyn. The Kitchen Hot Line. Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 16 February 1977. Page 29.

"These small, imitation bread and butter or yum-yum pickles that provide the greenery for most sandwiches and burgers, taste as if they have been pickled in a combination of formaldehyde and limburger. We've never ingested this mixture, but our imagination tells us it would be vile." -- Morris, John A.H. Hail the vile little pickle that adorns your plate but is seldom eaten. Prescott, Ontario. The Prescott Journal. 12 December 2001.

Language Notes

The term Yum Yum has been in common use for pickles since at least 1900. In Canada, the Bicks company (established in the 1950s) writes Yum Yum as Yum Yum®, seemingly indicating that they somehow obtained a trademark on a common use food term. In America, Yum-Yum is trademarked in the state of Nebraska by the Yum-Yum Sandwich Hut in Lincoln, Nebraska for a meat sandwich.


[1] "Thank you for your inquiry regarding Bick's Bread & Butter and YumYum pickles. Both varieties are packed fresh, directly from the field to the Bick's plant, and are cut into vertical slices called 'chips'. The difference between them lies in the Brix, or sweetness, level between the two varieties. Yum Yum pickles have a higher Brix rating, and hence a sweeter flavour, than Bread & Butter pickles." -- Probert, Chery. Corporate Communications, Smucker Foods of Canada (owners of Bicks.) Correspondence with CooksInfo.com 24 November 2009.

[2] "Yum-Yum Pickles, 1900. Label for jar of the celebrated 'Yum-Yum'. Pickles solely produced by Rowat & Co, manufacturers of Pickles and Sauces, etc, of Govan, Glasgow, Scotland." Price: £1.50. Tommy's Pack Fillers World World 1 replica supplies. Geoff Carefoot. Chemin Du Moulin Neuf, Domessargues. France. Retrieved January 2010 from http://www.tommyspackfillers.com/showitem.asp?itemRef=RL286.

See also:


Aceto Dolce; Alum; Branston Pickle and Sardine Sandwiches Recipe; Branston Pickle; Bread and Butter Pickles; Caperberries; Capers; Chow-Chow; Cocktail Onions; Cornichons; Deep-Fried Pickles; Dill Pickles; Gardiniera; Godeulppagi Kimchi; Hot-Pickled Mustard Root; Japanese Pickles; Kimchi; Lime (Chemical); Pickle Chips; Pickle Juice; Pickled Eggs; Pickled Onions; Pickled Walnuts; Pickles; Pickling Cucumbers; Pickling Lime; Pickling; Preserved Lemons; Preserved Mustard Greens; Sauerkraut; Yum Yum Pickles

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