I LOVE sweet relish. When I have a hot dog, it’s relish only. A barbecue without relish is tremendously disappointing to me. I feel comfortable canning pickles, and I felt like it was time to tackle relish. But have you seen all the little diced pieces???
I didn’t have a food processor, and didn’t particularly want another appliance to figure out. This summer, I found a food processor attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. It slices, it dices, it does it all! I love it. And it made dicing all the relish ingredients super-easy.
Here is the recipe from the Ball Blue Book. I had to make a couple of adjustments because I wanted it to be prettier. Yes, really. For the onions, I used half white onions, and half red onions. Then, instead of green peppers, I used orange. It’s REALLY pretty!
It’s a very easy recipe to follow, and it’s processed in a water bath. No pressure canner needed! When the veggies are done soaking in salt water, the best way to drain them is to line a sieve with cheesecloth so none of the little pieces go down the drain. While that drains, combine the other ingredients in a pot, bring it to a boil, then add the veggies and simmer.
Simmer, then scoop your relish into the jars, close them up, and drop them in the canner. Process for 10 minutes, and you have relish. Easy-peasy.
When the relish is first canned, each of the individual flavors stands out, especially the onion. I thought of it as pickle salsa. Within just a couple of days, the flavors really start to blend together and become even more relishy. YUM!
I’ve said before, I don’t want to be responsible to anybody getting sick from canning. If you haven’t canned before, I would say purchase the “Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.” This book is easy to follow and explains all the processes to make sure you’re canning safely.
I made 6 jars of relish about a week ago, and I’m down to 3 jars already. Tori apologized for one of the jars going so fast. What I didn’t realize at the time was that particular jar only had about a tablespoon of relish left in it. She was eating the relish straight from the jar. Carly came to visit and had a taste, and there went another jar. She likes it straight from the jar, too.
I’ve been keeping an eye on our cucumbers in the garden, and I think I’m going to have enough for one more round of relish. I’ll have to hide it from the kids and ration it out over the winter.
You can find the Ball preserving book, as well as canning supplies, AND the Kitchen Aid food processor attachment at my Amazon store. http://astore.amazon.com/redmwood-20