Holly Fate


I've made this recipe for years and neither my dad, nor I, will eat store-bought relish anymore. We've been spoiled!

A jar of relish also makes a really nice hostess gift. Its so colorful and pretty in the jar :-)


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Makes about 8 pints
1 Hr
10 Min


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  • 4 c
    cucumber, chopped
  • 2 c
    onion, chopped (i use regular cooking onions, not the sweet ones)
  • 1
    green pepper, chopped
  • 1
    red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    pickling salt
  • 3 1/2 c
  • 2 c
    cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    celery seeds
  • 1 Tbsp
    mustard seeds

How to Make Relish


  1. Combine the cucumbers,onions and peppers in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water (I cover the top with a bunch of ice cubes). Let sit for 2 hours then drain thoroughly (I usually give mine a quick rinse, too), pressing out any extra water. If you used ice cubes, make sure you pick out any left-overs that didn't melt.
  2. Combine the sugar, vinegar and spices. Heat to boiling. Add the drained vegetables. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Pack into hot, sterile jars; I use pints because half-pints only last for one meal. Make sure you leave about 1/4 inch headspace, then seal. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. (5 minutes for half-pints).
  4. I usually double or triple this recipe when I make it, but a single "batch" will make about 4 pints or 8 half-pints.

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About Relish

Course/Dish: Other Sauces, Spreads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American

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