Start with zucchini - any kind will do - dark green - yellow
Big striped ones - I started with two of these from my daughter's garden
Add in a few pickling - or regular cucumbers, if you are short on zucchini - hard to believe we'd ever be short on zucchini
Or you can use green tomatoes for the entire recipe. This is the perfect relish for the end of summer crop of tomatoes that didn't get ripe.
And then you need a truckload of onions
Oh wait - I needed just three big Walla Walla onions for this recipe. I just wanted to show you the big trucks of onions we spotted in Eastern Washington when we vacationed there a couple years ago. Kind of made you hungry for a good hamburger.
Ok - back to the pickle relish
Grind up or chop the vegetables - I use my cuisinart food processor - makes quick work of it - and no crying from the onions. Add 3 T of salt and soak overnight.
Stir the zucchini, cucumber and/or green tomato concoction in a big pot.
Oops - wrong picture - that is our daughters when we visited a Living History Farm on the way, when we were moving to Kansas in 1976. Ben belongs to our oldest daughter, on the left, and Jahn to our youngest daughter on the right.
Here is the actual recipe - in the proper order.
ZUCCHINI SWEET PICKLE RELISH
Complete ingredient list at the end
Chop the vegetables -
8 C zucchini or green tomatoes or cucumbers - or combination - chopped fine (food processor)
If you need to know the weight - it takes about 7 pounds of green tomatoes - I don't know how many pounds of zucchini
4 cups onions - chopped (food processor)
I used Walla Walla onions - mostly because I like to say and type Walla Walla Onions - and they are grown in Walla Walla, Washington
Sprinkle with 3 Tablespoons of salt - stir and soak overnight - stir once or twice - put a lid on that pan or bowl - and you will not dream of onions all night.
Put in large pot, add 2 cups cider vinegar, boil slowly for 10 minutes
Add 3 cups of sugar and boil on low for 30 minutes - stir frequently
Add cinnamon and allspice.
Mix 3 T cornstarch with cold water and add (DO NOT add dry cornstarch to the hot mixture - it will only clump up and you will never get is un-clumped) I did that experiment for you so you wouldn't have to.
Boil another 10 minutes after adding the three ingredients above - stir often
Add celery seed and turmeric
Pour into sterile jars, turn upside down for 5 minutes - invert and listen for the ping.
I made a double batch today - 6 quart jars and 2 pint jars
Best if stored for a month if you can wait that long, otherwise - dig in and enjoy.
- 8 C chopped zucchini, cucumber or green tomatoes (combination works well too)
- 4 C chopped onion
- 3 T salt
- 2 C cider vinegar
- 3 C sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground allspice (not the whole ones)
- 3T cornstarch (mixed in a small bowl with 1/4c cold water)
- 2 tsp celery seed
- 1 tsp turmeric