The only thing I have ever canned before is my Apple Butter, so this was a fun experiment. I just ran out of relish when my neighbor gave me 3 cucumbers. Then, the next day I got this VERY EASY recipe from a blog I follow! Perfect timing! :) I practically made about a fourth of the recipe, but it turned out great. I also used red peppers instead of green. It was perfect amount because I really only use relish on hot dogs and tuna sandwiches.
Sweet Pickle Relish
*Makes 4 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
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.