Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Zucchini Relish"...aka... "Sweet Pickle Relish"

Both my grandma's had a knack at making due and stretchin' their dollar simply because neither one of them had any. I lived with both when I was young and had the privilege of gleaning from their incredible old time ways. We always had plenty of fish while living with my dad's mama as the fishermen on his side always kept us well supplied in fresh, delicious free fish. My mama's side of the family ate canned tuna... but it was special. Those cans don't go far... so grandma doctored it up big time. A couple hard boiled eggs from the chickens.... some mayo and "sweet pickle relish"... and if you were lucky some red onion from the garden.... and that little can fed us all.

A long story.... just to encourage you to try another way to use your zucchini. You know... that stuff they put on hot dogs... aka "sweet pickle relish" but much better when you are gettin' rid of all that zucchini!
"Sweet Zucchini Relish"

5 lbs. zucchini - halved the long way and then in chunks
4 large quartered onions
4 large green peppers, quartered
4 large red peppers, quartered
1/2 cup salt
Put the above ingredients in a food mill or processor using medium blade. Sprinkle with salt and let sit overnight. In the morning drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water.

In a large kettle bring to a boil:
2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
4 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Add ground vegies and simmer 30 minutes. Ladle in hot jars leaving 1/2" wide space at top. Wipe rims and process 15 minutes in hot water bath. Makes 10 pints.

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