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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Making and Canning Cucumber Relish

My mom introduced me to cucumber relish many years ago.  Nothing beats FRESH relish on a natural casing wiener, mmmmm.  Unfortunately, mom and I never had the opportunity to make the relish together before she died.  However, she had given me the recipe, so I now make this relish annually.


Along with the recipe card, mom also gave me her old meat grinder, which I use to grind up the veggies.  I first wash the cucumbers since they are left un-peeled, I then scrape the outer layer of the carrots and lightly rinse the remaining carrot.  I then remove the outer layer of the onion.  I always double or triple the recipe.  So next the grinding begins.


After the veggies are coarsely ground, I put them all in a large sauce pan and add one tablespoon of salt (more if doubling recipe) and let the mixture set for 3 hours.


After sitting for 3 hours, rinse the mixture well.


While the veggies are draining, using the same sauce pan, mix together the sugar, vinegar, celery seed and mustard seed.  Bring these items to a boil and stir until sugar has completely dissolved.


Add the veggies to the vinegar/sugar mixture and bring to a boil again, while stirring often.


Once mixture has reached the boiling point, turn off the burner, and start putting the mixture in sterilized canning jars.


Using a small ladle or funnel, fill each jar leaving approximately 1/2 inch of space at the top.


Add lids and let cool.  As the mixture cools the top of the jars will seal.  There is no need to boil the finished product in a canning bath.  I have used this process for years and have never had a seal break.  Make sure to refrigerate after opening.
ENJOY!

NOTE:  I have received a comment that boiling (hot water bath) is still crucial, so feel free to take the additional step for your own safety and peace of mind.

3 comments:

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Wow. I could just swear that recipe card was written by my mother-in-law, and I have that exact grinder!!!!
I have never heard of cucumber relish, but it sounds wonderful.
thanks for the great pictures and recipe.
~a

Kel said...

The recipe card was written by my mom...hmmm...does that make you my sister-in-law?
If you try to make it, please let me know if you like it.
Take care!
Kel

Anonymous said...

Please don't skip the boiling step. Just because the seal doesn't break doesn't mean the food inside is safe. All it takes to make a seal is some heat. Not all spoilage generates gas.