Oh and look at these jars. Aren't they stunningly beautiful? There's something just gorgeous about jars of home canned anything.
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First a few tips for relish canning success:
- Always use good quality produce. Freshly picked is always best and will give you the most nutrition bang-for-your-buck. For best results, use cucumbers or zucchini that are small and tender (not those giants that have gotten away from you).
- Be especially careful for this recipe that your jars don't tip once you put them in the water bath canner. If they do, simple pull them out and wipe the rims again and carefully place them back in the canner. This recipe contains tiny seeds that may get caught under the seals of the lids causing them not to seal. If this happens, the contents of the jars can either be reprocessed or you can stick the jar in the refrigerator to be used within a few weeks.
Sweet Pickle Relish
*Makes 6-8 pints
*Note: For safety, do not change the quantities any of the ingredients.
1 Quart chopped cucumbers or zucchini (about 4 medium)
2 Cups chopped onions (about 2 medium)
1 Cup chopped sweet green pepper (about 1 medium)
1 Cup chopped sweet red pepper (about 1 medium)
1/4 Cup salt
3-1/2 Cups sugar
1 Tablespoon celery seed
1 Tablespoon mustard seed
2 Cups cider vinegar
Combine cucumbers or zucchini, onions, green and red peppers in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water. Let stand 2 hours. Drain; rinse and drain thoroughly. Combine sugar, spices and vinegar in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil. Add drained vegetables; simmer 10 minutes. Pack hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims clean. Adjust lids and process according to times below (based on your current elevation).
*Note: For best success, make sure your jars do not tip once they are placed in the water bath canner. I've noticed that tipping can often cause the little seeds to find their way under the jar lids, making it so that the jars don't seal.
10 min (0-1,000 ft) 15 min (1,001-3,000 ft)
20 min (3,001-6,000 ft) 25 min (6,001-8,000 ft)
30 min (8,000-10,000 ft)