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Saturday, July 31, 2010

sweet pickle relish

the cucumbers are about done and they were forgotten for a few days and are quite large. i would now insert a photo of the too large cucs but my husband went scuba diving in the St Lawrence and took my camera.

sweet pickle relish (makes 7-8 pints)

8 cups grated cucumbers, skin on, large seeds removed
2 large onions, grated
3 green peppers, seeds removed and grated
1 red pepper, seeds removed and grated
2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and grated
1/2 cup kosher or pickling salt

6 cups sugar
4 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons celery seed
1 1/2 tablespoons mustard seed

place cucumbers, onions, peppers in a container ( i use an enameled dutch oven)
top with salt, ice and water and let soak for 2 -4 hours
drain in a colander

                                                           jaques and the camera are back
                                      bring syrup ingredients to a boil and add drained relish mix
bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes

while the mixture is simmering, time it so that the clean jars are either in a boiling water bath or the just finishing the drying cycle in the dishwasher.
the lids and caps are also boiling for at least 20 minutes

fill the hot, clean jars with the relish leaving 1/2 inch at the top. run a damp paper towel around the rim
top with a hot lid and twist on the ring

and wait for the ping!

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