Cucumber Relish



Last week we were given some cucumbers by a friend. They were too unevenly sized to pickle.  So, I looked around for a relish recipe to try. After some Googling, I came up with what is below.

Now, I can chop as finely as the next fellow, but the idea did not appeal.  Another idea, however, did. I got out the meat grinder and set it up using the plate with the biggest holes. Then:

  1. I washed,  trimmed, quartered, and deseeded the cucumbers.  Some needed more slicing so that they would go into the grinder.
  2. After grinding all the cucumbers, I scooped them into a large measuring jug (leaving the liquid behind) and found that I had eight cups of them.
  3. Having 8 cups of cucumbers, I then put peeled and roughly chopped onions through the grinder until I had four cups of onion.
  4. Next through the grinder went cored and sliced sweet red peppers until I had four cups of them too.
  5. (I was actually a bit short of onions and peppers to keep a proper ratio. So, to make up the difference, I ground half a cup of celery.)
  6. All of the above, including their juice, went in to a large glass bowl with 1/2 a cup of pickling salt.  I gave it a good stir round and left it for two hours.
  7. After the two hours were up, I poured off the liquid and rinsed the mixture twice, then left it to drain.
  8. In my 5 and a bit quart Le Creuset, I brought to the boil 4 cup of white vinegar, 7 cups of white sugar, 2 tablespoons of celery seeds, 2 tablespoons of mustard seeds, and between a half and a full teaspoon of turmeric.
  9. I let this simmer for 10 minutes and then added the vegetable mixture.
  10. I brought the whole lot to a boil and simmered it until it thickened: about 15 minutes.
  11. I sterilised some pint jars using the oven method.
  12. Into the jars went the relish, leaving 1/2 an inch head space.
  13. The filled and capped jars had a bath in boiling water for 15 minutes.

Now I have to wait for another 24 days until I can try it as it should rest for four weeks before opening.



About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.
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2 Responses to Cucumber Relish

  1. photogal938 says:

    Your description of the steps made me laugh. Hope you enjoy the relish.

  2. The bit that didn’t make it into the jars was yummy! I’m looking forward to the rest of it.

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