Sweet Cucumber Relish

Sweet Cucumber Relish

This relish is often used on hot dogs. It is very popular here in the south. This relish is very easy to make. Sweet Cucumber relish is also served with sausage, peas, or beans. It requires a little time in preparing because the vegetables must be washed, scrubed, chopped or grinded. It is a great compliment to certain foods. It is much better than store bought relish because it does not contain all the preservatives that come with store bought food. 

This recipe will make 6 pint jars of relish. The jars may be stored in a cool dry place or at room temp. Opened jars of relish should be stored in the fridge. This is excellent for having on hand to serve with most foods. This relish will go great on any lunch or dinner table. It require some effort in making, but it is very well worth it. The relish is perfect for taking along on picnics. I hope that you will enjoy preparing and serving this delicious relish as much as I do. Your guests will be very pleased.


10 cups of finely diced cucumbers, not peeled

4 large red bell peppers, finely diced

4 large green bell peppers, finely diced

1 cup of celery, finely diced

‘1 large onion, finely diced

1/2 cup of pickling salt

4 cups of vinegar

2 1/2 cups of sugar

4 tablespoons of mustard seeds

3 tablespoons of capers


1. Prepare canning jars with lids.

2. Place all the diced vegetables in a large pot. Add the water and salt. Cover and let rest at room temp for 4 hours.

3. In a large strainer, drain the water from the vegetables. Rinse cold water over the vegetables.

4. In the same pot, add capers, mustard seeds, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the vegetables and stir well. Continue to boil until the mixture comes to a full boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.

5. Fill the prepared canning jars to about 1/2 inch from the top. Place the lids on the jars and secure tightly with the band. Place the jars in a deep pot of boiling water with the water at least one inch over the jars. Leave the jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Wait five minutes to allow the jars to seal and remove them.


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