Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canned Green Relish Recipe

The relish hit a little bump in the road on Saturday. I left the cucumbers in the bag from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon and was surprised to notice that they had gone moldy over night. I guess this is due to it being the end of the cucumber season in my area, combined with loads of rain this year which has made mold/fungal diseases rampant and probably not the best food handling at the farm. I didn't bother going back to that particular vegetable stand and instead had to travel about 30km around trip to find a different source. I guess if everything went smoothly life wouldn't be as interest.

So after that problem was solved I proceed to make the relish, here is the recipe:

Green Relish
Yields 6 500ml jars(6 pint jars)

7 liter or 7 quart basket of cucumbers
1 huge or 4 small White Onion
10 medium Green Peppers
1 Tablespoon Turmeric
1/2 Cup Pickling Salt
1 Tablespoon Mustard Seed
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
2 Teaspoons Allspice
2 Cups Brown Sugar
4 Cups Cider Vinegar

Note that this is one spicy relish recipe, not in terms of heat but flavor. If you are looking for a more mild taste you could cut the spices by half or more, I wouldn't cut the mustard seed down though, it is more for texture then flavor.

Start by using a food grinder to grind up the cucumbers, peppers & onions. I placed the grind so it overhung a colander which was placed on a deep sheet pan. This way the juice will drain as you are grinding and makes for much less cleanup. It is best to do one vegetable at a time and you will need 10 cups cucumbers, 3 1/2 cups peppers & 2 cups onions.

Once everything is ground up place all the vegetables in a colander and add 1/2 cup pickling salt & 1 tablespoon of turmeric and stir very well. Let this sit for 3 hours in the sink.

After 3 hours rise well to remove the salt, flush about 2-3 times its volume. When it is rinsed I then used a salad spinner as I did with the raw sauce to remove the excess water. Again you could just press the water out within the colander.

Once most of the moisture is removed set the mixture aside and proceed to making the vinegar solution. This is done by combining the vinegar, sugar & spices in a deep pot and bring to the boil. Once it is at a rolling boil add the vegetable mixture, stir and remove from the heat. Now you can take a break and let the mixture sit for 12 hours or over night to marinate and get the pectins working.

After the resting period start by washing and heating your jars and sealer lids. Once they are up to temperature bring the relish mixture to the boil and then proceed to filling the jars. Once filled put the lids on, then place the jars in a canner, boil for 10 minutes once the broil is reached. Now remove the jars, placing them on a t-towel and let cool. It is best leave the jars as is once they are on the counter for at least a few hours, don't dry the lids or test the seal until they have cooled.

The sealed jars can now be stored outside of the fridge in a cool, dark place for a few years.


  1. It looks so good. I love vegetable relishes but couldn't deal with spicy at all!

  2. You did a good job on the relish.....

  3. I did not know cinnamon went into relish! Looks yummy...

  4. Dan, this sounds delicious. Next year I'm planting some pickling cucumbers, and this recipe will be one of the first I make! Thanks.

  5. The relish looks great! I've never made it, and since I don't particularly care for relish, I'll probably never make it. lol. But enjoy yours! It's always better to make something yourself than buy it at the store!

  6. Tina - it does have allot of spices in it, I have yet to try it but hoping it is not over powering. I think the next time I make it I will be cutting the spice down.

    hendria - thx

    skeeter - This recipe is a little different then most. I don't think cinnamon, allspice or clovers are normally added.

    Granny - Good luck with your cucumbers next year.

    dp - It is nice to make your own of things you enjoy. I'm not sure if I am going to enjoy relish much after I get through the 20 jars I have made this season. I think I have a supply for 3 years, lol.

  7. What a great job you did on the relish. Looks so good!

  8. Where does one find food grinders?