Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
Too much zucchini? Try this wonderful relish and enjoy your zucchini year round. It is really good on hotdogs or hamburgers. The yield is a guess, as I always at least double this recipe.
- 3 lbs zucchini, seeded if necessary
- 3 onions
- 2 sweet red peppers
- 1⁄4 cup pickling salt
- 2 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups white vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- In a food processor, finely chop zucchini, using an on/off motion.
- Put zucchini in a large bowl.
- Finely chop onions in food processor.
- Add to zucchini in the bowl.
- Remove seeds from, and finely chop peppers by hand.
- Add to bowl.
- Sprinkle everything with salt.
- Stir to blend.
- Let stand 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Drain off liquid.
- Rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
- Drain, pressing out liquid.
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, dry mustard, celery seed, pepper, and turmeric.
- Bring to a boil, stirring.
- Add the drained zucchini mixture.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until thickened and zucchini mixture is tender.
- Combine water and cornstarch.
- Add to zucchini mixture.
- Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until clear and thickened.
- Seal in sterilized bottles and process in a water bath for 5 minutes.
- How I sterilize bottles: Wash bottles well in hot soapy water.
- Dry them.
- Put a cookie sheet in the oven, with the bottles on the cookie sheet, right side up.
- Heat oven to 225F.
- Leave bottles at this temperature for 10 minutes.
- Turn off oven.
- Leave bottles in there until you need them.
This was a great recipe! We just made this the other week and the husband can't keep his hands out of the jar. I am not one for food dyes, but we added green coloring to the relish to turn it bright green. I really like the freakish green color. We hand shredded a second batch and it gave us longer strands of zucchini in the relish. I don't believe I will do that again because it took extra time and I really like the smaller pieces. There was a really good crunch that was in the relish. I just had some today on a cheeseburger - amazing! We ended up canning this in small jelly jars (4 oz jars) to not waste the product. Thanks for a keeper! I will be using this receipe over and over again!
Second year making this! Wonderful way to use up those giant zucchini. When paired with homemade ketchup and mustard this makes a fun and tasty Christmas present.
Very Tasty! I tripled the recipe since I had three large zucchini. My sweet peppers weren't red yet so I added 2 jalapenos that were, along with my green peppers. I cut the sugar back to 2 cups per batch and thought it was plenty sweet at that level. Meant to add the nutmeg I had seen in other versions but forgot - still good anyway!! My yield for the triple batch was 10.5 pints.