Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sweet Pickle Relish

Sweet Pickle Relish
8 c. cucumbers; rough chopped
4 c. onions; diced
2 c. green bell pepper; diced
2 c. red bell pepper; diced
1/2 c. canning & pickling salt
7 c. sugar
4 c. cider vinegar
2 Tblsp. celery seed
2 Tblsp. mustard seed

Sterilize pint size jars, seals and bands. Keep hot until ready to use.

In a large stainless steel bowl (or two -- divide mixture in half) combine cucumbers, onion, bell peppers and salt. Stir to mix well. Cover completely with ice. Stir to incorporate ice into mixture. Then add in another layer of ice so that mix is completely covered. Allow to sit for 2 hours. Drain and rinse thoroughly; making sure to press out as much liquid as possible. You want this to be very dry.

In a large stockpot combine sugar, vinegar and spices. Bring to a full boil. Add in cucumber mixture. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Ladle hot relish into hot jars. Leave 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims clean then seal. Tighten bands to fingertip tight. Do not over tighten. Process jars in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Remember, your timing starts after the water has come to a full rolling boil. Using jar tongs, remove jars from canner and allow to cool. Listen for the ping sound to let you know your jars have sealed completely.

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Sarah said...


Say, do you have to use pickling cucumbers or would regular ones work in this recipe?

Keeper of our Home said...

Sarah ~
Normally you would want to use the pickling cucumbers as they tend to stay crisper when processed. However, if you use regular cucumbers, I would go with smaller ones that still have the warts or bumps on them. If you have larger cukes they tend to be more seedy and mush when canned. If this is all you have though, when you cut them up, slice them into spears and then ct away the seedy, mushy parts so that you are left with only the whitish meat of the cukes. Then when ice bathing them, make sure you use extra ice and keep them as cold as possible. This step is what really helps in the crisping. I hope this helps.

~Mrs. M

momma2thestrainkids said...

do you have any dill or sweet pickle recipes??