Old-Fashioned Hamburger Relish

"This is an excellent relish! Found this somewhere out on the web and it truly is yummy on hamburgers."
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Ready In:
4 1/2 Pint Jars




  • In a large enamel or stainless steel bowl, mix the cucumbers, onion, peppers, celery, salt, turmeric and water.
  • Let stand for 12 hours or overnight, then drain in a strainer, lightly pressing out any excess liquid. Set aside.
  • Tie up cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a piece of cheesecloth.
  • In a large, heavy, enamel or stainless steel saucepan, bring the spices and vinegar to a boil over moderate heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered until the tomatoes resemble a puree- about 30 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and mustard seeds, cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.
  • Add the drained vegetables to the tomato mixture and bring to a boil over moderately high heat.
  • Then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered until most of the liquid has evaporated- 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the spice bag.
  • Ladle into 4 hot, sterilized 1/2 pint preserving jars leaving 1/2 inch of head space.
  • Wipe the jar rims clean, seal and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  • Label, then let the relish mellow in a cool dry place for at least 3 weeks before using.
  • Refrigerate after opening.
  • Please Note: Takes 2 days prep time (approx) and 1 hour and 25 minutes cooking time to make.

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  1. Don't let the long list of ingredients and instructions scare you. It isn't as labor intensive as it looks. I just opened the first jar and it is GREAT! Next year I will be making much more. Thanks for posting!
  2. This relish is very tasty, I'll never buy storebought relish again! I'll definitely double the batch next year.


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