Saturday, September 5, 2015

WORLD's BEST Sweet Pickle Relish! - 52 Small Batch Canning Ideas


I love this relish.  World's best??? Well, who's to know but I would stack this up against any I have tasted.  the flavors are bold, with a mix of not only the pickled cucumbers but peppers, spices and much more.  Plenty of sugar to get that sweet pickle taste and really stands out as something special!

This is a bit time consuming.  You need to let the cucumbers leech out most of their moisture before you pickle.  This way you will get some bite to the relish.  Just a little crunch, enough to add a new texture (and not at all mushy like the store bought style).

The recipe is easy to duplicate (just be sure to drain the liquid).  Makes 10-12 1 cup jars.  Use the water bath instructions and you will have a jar a month to open for a year!

And stand out as something special, maybe even the WORLD'S BEST!!!

 OK... Here's what I did...

Sweet Pickle Relish!

  • 16 Large Cucumbers, peeled, seeds scrapped out, 1/4 inch diced
  • 2 Medium Sweet Onions, peeled, diced slightly smaller than cucumbers
  • 4 Large Red Bell peppers, core, seeds and inner white membrane removed, diced slightly smaller than cucumbers
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds, core and inner white membrane removed and then diced fine
  • 2 TBS Salt
  • 4 Cups White Vinegar
  • 4 Cups Sugar
  • 2 TBS Minced Garlic
  • 2 TBS Mustard Seeds
  • 2 TBS Celery Seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • small pinch of Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
  • For Canning, add Ball Brand PICKLE CRISP, 1/4 tsp in each jar before adding the relish to the jars.
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large glass bowl, mix the Cucumber, Onion and Peppers. Add salt. Transfer to a large colander that fits inside of the bowl. Refrigerate overnight (at least 8 hours) and allow to drain. Stir, drain the water and allow to drain in the fridge for another 2 hours. Drain again but do not rinse.
  2. In a large pot, mix the vinegar, sugar, garlic and all remaining spices.bring to a boil, while stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the vegetables to the vinegar mix and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer back to the colander and drain excess vinegar mix.
  5. Add pickle crisp to bottom of 10 - 1 cup jars. Fill jars with relish, seal and refrigerate.
  6. Process in water bath if you plan to store for longer than 1 month up to 1 year.
  7. Serve chilled as a condiment and ENJOY!
Water Bath Instructions:
  1. Fill a stockpot with enough water to cover your jars by 1 inch. Bring to a boil.
  2. Inspect canning jars for cracks and discard defective ones. Thoroughly wash the jars in hot soapy water or run through the dishwasher. Wash lids and screw bands. To ensure a good seal, work only with unused lids each time.
  3. Fill jars to within 1/4 inch of the top with hot pickles. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean, wet paper towel before adding the lid. Screw on the bands.
  4. Set a rack or a thick folded dishtowel on the bottom of the pot of boiling water. With a sturdy pair of tongs, place the jars in the pot.
  5. Cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes. If necessary, add more boiling water to cover the jars by 1 inch. With tongs, remove the jars from the water and set on a dishtowel to cool.
  6. After 12 hours, check the jars to ensure that they are sealed. To do that, press on the center of each lid; it should remain concave.
  7. Label and date the jars by writing on the lids with permanent marker. Remove the screw bands to prevent them from rusting. Store the jars for up to 1 year in a cool, dark place.


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my very favorite Growing list of  "52 Small Batch Canning Ideas"!!!

I love Canning! Love the idea of it, Love having my own Jellies, Pickled produce, Sauces, Chutneys... All those pint, half pint, 4 Ounce jars,,, Even big quart jars of Spaghetti Sauce Lined up in my basement storage shelves.  Small batch means I can usually finish a project in no more than an hour of hands on work and usually less.  Easy DIY Projects that last a month or more... Great ideas for first time canners!


I am also pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


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