March 11, 2015
If you don't like store bought relish, why not make your own? The good thing about making your own is that you can adjust the ingredients to suit your own taste. Want it a little spicy? Add a little crushed red pepper. Want it less sweet? Cut back on the sugar. You can make it to fit your own likes and dislikes.
This recipe makes a fairly sweet relish so if you tend to prefer tart food cut back of the sugar a little in step 4 of the instructions. Then in step 5 taste the relish and add sugar if you want it sweeter.
In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers, you can also served this relish as a side for meat and chicken dishes.
Cucumber Hot Dog Relish
4 hours 20 minutes
4 hours 50 mins
Yield: 6 pints
- 4 cups chopped, unpeeled cucumbers
- 3 cups onion, chopped
- 1 and 1/2 cups green or red bell peppers, chopped
- 3 cups celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup pickling salt
- 3 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon celery seed
- 1 tablespoon mustard seed
1. Coarsely chop cucumbers, onions, celery and peppers in a food processor.
2. Combine all chopped vegetables in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt, mix and cover with cold water; let stand 4 hours.
3. Drain the cucumbers thoroughly in a colander, then press out all excess liquid.
4. Combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed, and mustard seed in sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved (about 10 min).
5. Add drained vegetables to vinegar mix and simmer 10 minutes.
6. Pack hot relish into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space. Remove air bubbles by running a knife up and down the inside walls of the jar several times.. Wipe jar rims. Adjust lids hand tight.
7. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.