Preserves: Zucchini Relish

Zucchini Relish
Yesterday I made Zucchini Relish for the first time. I have to admit it didn't smell very appealing as it cooked but boy oh boy was it yummy!

I didn't get very many jars out of what I started with, but I only had a few zucchini in the fridge, enough to start with 6 cups of raw grated zucchini.

I forgot to show zuke/onion/salt

Here's what you need
6 cups grated zucchini, skin on
2 cups diced onion
2 - 3 Tbsp Kosher salt (or pickling salt)

Dry Ingredients
1/2 Tbsp dry mustard
3/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp pepper

1 bell pepper, chopped. Use red, yellow or orange, not green 

1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups white sugar

Wring out zucchini-onion
Wash the zucchini and cut off any yukky bits of the skin. Grate using a food processor. Chop the onion.

Toss zucchini, onion and salt in a non-metallic bowl. Mix with your hands and put in fridge overnight. 

Next morning, drain and rinse the zucchini-onion mixture. I wrung mine out by hand so it would be drier.

Ready for Stovetop

Put the zucchini-onion mix into a large pot on top of the stove.

Mix the dry ingredients together and toss them into the pot.

Add the chopped Red pepper and the syrup ingredients. Stir to mix.

Simmering. Almost ready

Bring to a boil then simmer for about 30 minutes.

I took the lid off my pot half-way through the simmering as I wanted the liquid to be reduced.

When done, pour mixture into sterilized mason jars and top with sterilized seals and rings.

Filling sterilized mason jars

Be sure to wipe the top of the jars off with a damp paper towel before putting the seals on. Tighten by hand then put in a boiling water bath in a canner for 25 minutes.

Remove from hot water bath and let dry on a tea towel. When cool, wipe off jars, label and store in a cool dry place.

Zucchini Relish
Yield from 6 cups of raw zucchini was 4 cups of relish.

Serve this on burgers and hot dogs. It may be too runny for your liking and if so, just remove the relish with a slotted spoon before putting it on your burger or hot dog.


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