How to make Sweet Relish (cucumber)

This morning, I set out down to the farmers market with 2 goals in mind:

1) To buy some cukes to get some relish going

and

2) To buy some corn in order to dry it.

When we got to the market & hit our first, most favorite farmer, he kinda gave us the great cucumber deluge…  The conversation went something like this:

Me: I’m looking for some cucumbers.

Him:  How’d that corn I sold you last week work?

Me:  Great!

Him:  Anything you want, I’ve got; corn, cucumbers, onions, beans…you want to can it, I’ve got it!

Me:  Today, I’m looking to can relish & dry some corn.

Him: Didja see my cucumbers?  They’re huge & I’ve got more than I can sell…thousands of ’em.  They’re called pickling cucumbers.

*Now, I’ve never seen this variety before and say so, giving my spouse and I a preview on the cuke, as the farmer cuts one open…

Me:  I’ll take, oh, 8 or so. 

Him: Son, give her 1/2 a bushel at .30 (his cukes are labeled .50)

He works at it, then drops a whole bushel in our wagon…along with 20 lbs of ugly tomatoes and 5 dozen ears of corn.  He cuts us a killer deal on the cukes and tomatoes and charges nearly double what I’d like to spend on corn.  I’m calling it even!

Here are the beautiful cukes.  Apparently, they’re called pickling or Sunshine cucumbers and are enormous. 

We bring them home and I enlist the oldest son in getting the relish done.  He’s in charge of running everything thru the food processor.  I’ve so many cukes today that I have made 3 different batches, when I set out to only make one!

Here are the recipes, they all start out the same;

8 cucumbers (if you are using these same ones, peel and de-seed them – if not, use the whole cuke!)

2 green peppers

1 banana pepper

2 onions

Shred in food processor

Different treatments

Change 1

1.5 cups pickling or kosher salt (it doesn’t contain the iodine and thus changes how the pickle will work, making it actually…pickle!) – don’t mind the onions or the garbage bowl!

I let the salt sit on top for about 30-60 minutes and then mix it in.  The idea is to get the salt to draw out the moisture from the veg, and mixing it in just makes this go faster.  A lot of recipies advocate adding in water, but just mix the salt in and you get the same thing with less draining.

Let the mixture sit for 2 + hours

Drain – DO NOT RINSE!

Put  other ingredients into a big pot – let the veg continue to drain while you do this

  • 2.5 cups vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Celery Seed
  • 1 TBSP Mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp Tumeric
  • Bring to boil
  • add
  • 3.5 cups sugar
  • add in veg, bring to boil.
  • Hot pack into pint jars and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Change 2

  • 3/4 cup pickling or kosher salt Let the mixture sit for 2 + hours
  • Drain – DO NOT RINSE!
  • Put  other ingredients into a big pot – let the veg continue to drain while you do this
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Celery Seed
  • 1 TBSP Mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp Dill seed
  • Bring to boil
  • add
  • 3.5 cups sugar
  • add in veg, bring to boil.
  • Hot pack into pint jars and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  • Change 3
    • 1 cup pickling or kosher salt
    • Let the mixture sit for 2 + hours
    • Drain – DO NOT RINSE!
    • Put  other ingredients into a big pot – let the veg continue to drain while you do this
    • 2 cups vinegar
    • 1 TBSP Celery Seed
    • 1 TBSP Mustard seed
    • 1/4 tsp Tumeric
    • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
    • pinch of ground yellow mustard
    • Bring to boil
    • add
    • 3.5 cups sugar
    • add in veg, bring to boil.
    • Hot pack into pint jars and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes

    These all give you this:  Beautiful, yummy relish that you can put on dogs & burgers (plus egg salad!) all year long!

     

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Mom, canner, reader, sci-fi geek, she who loves car seats
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