Grandmas Tasty Zucchini Relish

"I'll be honest-I never tried this relish when my grandma served it because I wasn't too keen on the look of it. This year I "inherited" 15 zucchini and have been told I'll be "inheriting" more. Out of desperation, I decided to make a batch of her relish. I reasoned that everyone else in the family loves it-I'll give it to them. Now that I've actually eaten it-I'm not sharing. This is not only a great way to use up a bumper crop of zucchini it's a great condiment!"
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Ready In:
9 pints




  • Slice zucchini as thinly as possible (food processor is a big help to do this).
  • Sprinkle with the salt.
  • Let sit overnight.
  • Wash and drain the zucchini.
  • Put in a large pot, add onions to the zucchini and mix well.
  • Add sugar and 6 cups vinegar.
  • Cook on a medium-high heat, stirring often-It will easily scorch because of the sugar content.
  • In the meantime, in a separate dish mix together the mustard seed, turmeric and flour well. Add the 2 tbsp of vinegar to make a runny paste-You may need to add more vinegar.
  • Add mixture to pot and stir constantly.
  • Continue to cook mixture until it thickens (approx. 1 - 1 1/2 hour).
  • Scoop into sterilized jars and seal.

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    I made this yesterday. It's very tasty although I found it quite runny. This could be because I probably didn't drain the zuchinni poperly. As per other recipes, they call for squeesing the zuchinni.
  2. kezoo
    Excellent salsa! Tangy, sweet & spicy all in one. I will definitely make this again next year w/my garden surplus.
  3. Chabear01
    When I made this up I chopped the zucchini a bit smaller than it called for but wound up with a wonderful chutney type relish to serve alongside roasts and fowl dishes. It was so good that when I gave my Dear Sweet Eddiebear some with his dinner, he ate almost an entire pint by himself...well shoot there goes his potassium level!!! Thank You so much for the great recipe to use up all those zucchini's I miss hiding beneath all those leaves, and a very nice addition to my gift baskets to boot.
  4. Jusstin
    Mum made this and substituted tomatoes for some of the zuchinni - ala tomato and zuchinni relish! It is absolutely delicious! Thanks for an easy recipe.
  5. Jellyqueen
    I knew before I ever made this that it would be a 5 star!!! We love all types of pickles, relishes, etc. And we usually have a bumper crop of zuchinni that I am always trying to use up. I now have another recipe to use!!! I made a half making, because I only had 3 medium zuchinni and it made 3 full pints. I did use a 10 minute water bath to assure a good seal.


  1. Jusstin
    Mum made this and substituted tomatoes for some of the zuchinni - ala tomato and zuchinni relish! It is absolutely delicious! Thanks for an easy recipe.


I'm a stay at home mommy of 2. I was raised in St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada. My favorite cookbook comes from the public school I went to in St. Jacobs. I love it because the recipes are personal ones that are tried and true! I love to cook, bake, can, etc. I consider myself really fortunate to have been raised in an area where home baking and canning where the norm. I watched my mom and grandma preparing homemade jams and pickles every year and I caught the "bug". I really enjoy simple, delicious recipes! However, if a recipe is amazing I don't mind putting the extra time and expense into it.
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