Ok I call it cucumber relish but the recipe I made is called sweet pickle relish. This year I bought the Better Homes and Garden's canning magazine and paid way too much for it, but it was worth it. Wanting to use up the pickling cukes I purchased at the Oregon City farmer's market this looked like the winner. I don't eat pickles, even though I canned a whole lot of them this year, but I do put relish in things and on my hotdog. I made this recipe back in August but it came back to my attention today as I was putting it in the most fabulous egg salad.
Sweet Pickle Relish adapted from BHG Canning magazine 2011
6 cups (about 6 medium)seeded and finely chopped pickling cucumbers
3 cups (about 6 medium) finely chopped onions
3 cups (about 3 large) seeded and finely chopped green and/or red sweet peppers
1/4 cup pickling salt
3 cups sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
I found these beautiful purple peppers (wish I would have picked a peck......)at the farmer's market to use.
In an extra-large nonmetal bowl, combine the cucumbers, onions, and sweet peppers. In this batch I hand diced everything, in others I have also used the food processor. Go with what you have. Sprinkle vegetables with salt; toss gently to coat. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables. Cover and allow to stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Go now and do a craft project!
In large heavy pot combine sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seeds and turmeric. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add the veggies. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until most of the excess liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally.
Gather your supplies and prepare to can them in a water bath. If you can't tell those are canning jar rings around his cute little arm. What a big helper!
Process filled jars, leaving half inch headspace, for 10 minutes. Makes 7 half-pints.
If you have one to open right away go immediately and make an egg salad sandwich!
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dried onion mix (like Tastefully Simples Onion Onion mix)
2 tablespoons sweet pepper relish
salt and pepper to taste.
eat with a spoon or spread onto a sandwich and enjoy!
The boys ate this on toasted bread in between the craft project coming up next, I ate mine on a artisan tortilla.
I would love to know what you put relish in!