Homemade Relish

With the garden in full swing and our kitchen counter looking like the produce aisle, I’ve been trying to bring purpose to every last veggie that has entered our home from our own garden or another’s!

A couple weeks ago after making our first round of pickles this season, I had a bowl full of leftover cucumber chunks after needing to cut a few of my cucumbers to fit lengthwise in the jars, so I decided what better way to use these than some relish.

So I went a googling and found a recipe from Jim and Mary at Old World Garden Farms … and to be quite honest it was 90% for the name of their farm and 10% for their recipe 😉 Either way, they have an inspiring story and some delicious relish {and you know it’s delicious when I can convince the Mr. to try it and he’s up for trying it on his Chicago Dog!}.

Other than omitting the celery seed (only because it’s a very prominent favor that’s not overly appreciated by a few in the family) and having to improvise on the process because I was multitasking and didn’t read the directions very well the first time through {whooooppsss!!!}, I followed their recipe to a ‘T’ and was very pleased with the process.

Homemade Sweet Relish

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1 onion
1/4 cup pickling salt
3 cups white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced or finely grated
2 teaspoons dill seed
2 teaspoons mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric

IMG 7376 - Homemade RelishCut cucumbers lengthwise and remove seeds. Chop cucumbers and onion in food processor, being careful not to over process them. In a glass bowl, combine chopped veggies and salt. Allow to sit for 2 hours. Strain liquid off, pressing to remove excess moisture. In stockpot bring remaining ingredients to a boil. Add veggies. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Transfer relish to clean jars. Store in refrigerator for up to a month. Or can using a water bath for 10 minutes. Makes about 4 pint size jars. 

Cost comparison: 
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Price per jar – $1.11 homemade vs. $1.49 for store bought
For 1st timers (based off of Meijer Prices) 
cucumbers – free or ~$3
onion – $1.19
pickling salt – $1.59
vinegar – $2.69
garlic – $0.50
dill seed – $3.49
mustard seed – $2.49
turmeric – $5.89
pint mason jars w/lid – $7.69 12 ct. 
TOTAL – $23.53 not including cost for cucumbers before tax

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For next time, I will try using the celery seed and maybe cider vinegar instead of white. 
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