How To Can Sweet Pickle Relish

sweet pickle relish

Sweet Pickle Relish

*Makes 4 pints (though next time I’m gonna do half-pints)

  • 6-7 large unpeeled cucumbers (about 4 cups), diced
  • 2 medium green bell peppers (about 1 1/2 cups), diced
  • 2 heads celery (about 3 cups), diced
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed

Finely chop the veggies in a food processor for a couple of seconds, being careful not to grind them into a puree. Pour the veggies into a large bowl and add salt; cover with water and let stand for about 5 hours.

Drain well, pressing the mixture to remove all liquid.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Continue stirring until all of the sugar has dissolved. Add the vegetable mixture to the saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Pack into hot, sterilized jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Process for 10 minutes in a water bath canner.

I love mixing some chicken or tuna with some mayo and homemade sweet pickle relish for a quick sandwich or cracker spread! Yummy!!

7 thoughts on “How To Can Sweet Pickle Relish”

  1. I have used this same recipe for the bread and butter and they come out limp and soggy the only thing i have been doing different is using table salt,if i use the pickle salt will that make them crispy

    • Margo,

      Definitely make sure you’re using small pickling cucumbers instead of larger slicing cucumbers. The salt will make a difference in your end product as well. Table salt is never recommended. Your pickles won’t be crunchy like store-bought pickles unless you add stuff to make them that way. Some people recommend adding alum to pickles for crunch, but I would never want to add an aluminum product to my food. Yuck.

  2. thanks!!! i plan to make zucchini AND pickle relish!!! i use it to make ham salad n chicken salad!!! pickle relish, mayo n meat.. and a touch of sugar if its not quite sweet enuf (=

  3. Thank you for sharing. I have a Garden relish made with cabbage (Amish Grandmother recipe) that I make that you would love; if you want it please e-mail me. Happy Labor Day long weekend : )


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