sweet pickle relish
Sweet Pickle Relish – canned and ready to use at any time.

We have picked our first cucumbers from the garden and that means it is time to make sweet pickle relish. This year we planted our cucumber plants in straw bale crates and they are thriving. And, just in time!

With Independence Day just a few days away, most Americans will be celebrating with family and friends with cook outs and traditional picnics. Of course, that means hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs and potato salad that needs to be made. And that means relish will be needed.  What better way to start your summer off than to make your own relish that you can use throughout the summer.  Plus, it never hurts to can some extra for use during the winter holidays as well!

SWEET PICKLE RELISH RECIPE

sweet pickle relish
Pickling cucumbers have been picked from the garden and ready to be used.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 pounds Pickling Cucumbers or 4 pounds of Large Cucumbers
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion
  • ¼ cup Pickling or Kosher Salt
  • 3 cups White Vinegar
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Dill Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Celery Seed
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric

**note – I have tried to use sugar substitutes and it negatively affects the overall taste of the recipe.  Instead, I use raw sugar cane to avoid refined white sugar without sacrificing the taste.

sweet pickle relish
After slicing the cucumber, remove the seeds then dice finely or place in the food processor

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Slice the cucumber lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Discard the seeds.

2. Finely dice the cucumber and onion.  **I use my Food Processor being careful not to process too long.

3. Place diced cucumbers and onions in a non-reactive pot and add the salt. Stir and let sit for 2 hours.

sweet pickle relish
After soaking in pickling salt, drain the liquid from the cucumbers using a strainer

4. Drain cucumber and onion mixture in a strainer until all the liquid is removed.  You may have to press the mixture against the strainer to remove hidden moisture.

5. In a medium pot add vinegar, sugar, garlic, dill, celery, and mustard seed, and tumeric. Bring to a boil.

6. Add cucumber and onion mixture and return to a boil.

sweet pickle relish
Simmer relish for 10 minutes – then water bath for an additional 10 minutes.

7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.

8. Remove from heat.

9. Cool and store in refrigerator for up to a month or process in water bath for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Sweet Pickle Relish

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Pickling Cucumbers or 4 pounds of Large Cucumbers
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion
  • ¼ cup Pickling or Kosher Salt
  • 3 cups White Vinegar
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 4 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Dill Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Celery Seed
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric

Instructions

  1. Slice the cucumber lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Discard the seeds.
  2. Finely dice the cucumber and onion. **I use my food processor, being careful not to process too long.
  3. Place diced cucumbers and onions in a non-reactive pot and add the salt. Stir and let sit for 2 hours.
  4. Drain cucumber and onion mixture in a strainer until all the liquid is removed. You may have to press the mixture against the strainer to remove hidden moisture.
  5. In a medium pot add vinegar, sugar, garlic, dill, celery, and mustard seed, and tumeric. Bring to a boil.
  6. Add cucumber and onion mixture and return to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Cool and store in refrigerator for up to a month or process in water bath for 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

I have tried to use sugar substitutes and it negatively affects the overall taste of the recipe. Instead, I use raw sugar cane to avoid refined white sugar without sacrificing the taste.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

2 thoughts on “Sweet Pickle Relish Recipe – Quick and Easy to Eat Fresh or Canned

  • October 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm
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    I got 4 pints. However, that was with a general guesstimation on the amount of cukes. I cut up, I think, 5 large overgrown cucumbers.

  • August 16, 2016 at 9:56 am
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    There are many Zucchini sweet relish recipes that are also very good. [If you don’t have cucs]

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