Sunday, November 19, 2006

Calico Relish, For Cucumbers or Zucchini

To my surprise, my recipe posts have been getting visits and comments. This a favorite sweet pickle relish. It's good on hotdogs, and in potato salad and cold meat salads, such as ham, venison, and roast beef. It's easy and reliable, unlike many pickle recipes.


4 c. ground onion
10 c. ground zucchini or cucumbers
5 tbsp. salt
2 1/4 c. vinegar
1 tbsp. nutmeg
1 tbsp. allspice
4 c. sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. dry mustard
1 tbsp. turmeric
1 c. hot banana peppers, chopped
   (or about 2 tbsp. crushed dried red pepper)

Combine onions, zucchini and salt. Let stand overnight. 
Drain and rinse in cold water, then drain again. Place in 
large kettle, and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a 
boil; cook for thirty minutes. Place in hot sterilized 
jars; place sterilized lids and bands on jars, screwing 
bands tight. Makes about 5 pints.

I usually make a double batch, and waterbath can for 
15 minutes, so that the jars seal more reliably. The 
hot peppers and the allspice were my addition to the 
original, which came from "Favorite Recipes of Home 
Economics Teachers" (1975).

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