Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Zucchini Relish!

Hi everyone! Happy Foodie Friday, please be sure to stop over to see what everyone else is cooking up!
I hope your gardens are treating you well and that you've gotten to the point of wondering "what in the world am I  going to do with all this zucchini". I'm here to help. Last year my sweet neighbor stopped over to give me zukes and when I said "thanks I'll take them into the office" he looked so disappointed I just had to come up with another plan. So I canned relish and took a jar over to him, big smiles were my reward!
I like to cut back on sugar and I've seen this recipe with up to 6 cups of sugar... I just can't do that, so I experimented and ended up using 2 1/2 cups and it's a relish that is worthy of snacking on with a spoon (and yes, I just may have...) Truthfully, it's a perfect hot dog relish-just don't tell the kids it's zucchini! If you've never canned before, relish is a nice way to start, you really can't go wrong it just takes time. Don't be afraid to experiment, replace some of the peppers with hot peppers, sub some ground carrot for the zukes, etc. Have fun, make it your relish!
Hope you love it if you try it:@)
My Zucchini Relish
(Plan on 6-7 half pints, maybe one being a full pint store anything left over in the fridge and use it first.)
10 C zucchini - ground
3 C onion - ground
5 Tblsp Kosher salt
2 1/2 C cider vinegar
1 Tblsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger (one day I want to try this with fresh ginger!)
5 Allspice berries (I used a spice ball, use cheesecloth if you have it)
1 1/2 tsp celery seed
one large red pepper - ground
one large green pepper - ground (in the picture I used frying peppers, green peppers=more color)
2 1/2 C sugar

I used my little 3 cup Kitchenaid chopper for all veggies, even that small I was done in no time!
Add zukes, onion and salt to a large bowl. Let sit overnight in fridge (or while at work). I added the peppers to the bowl while I was getting everything else together.
Add vinegar, mustard, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, allspice, and sugar to a large pot, bring to boil, then simmer 10 minutes.
While that's happening, put veggies (in batches) onto a clean dish towel and ring out well.
Add veggies and celery seed to the pot of vinegar/spices.
Bring to boil, then simmer 10 minutes.
Laddle into prepared jars, process for 10 minutes in water bath.
Count the "pops" and love life!!!


  1. How funny, I was just going to pop over and see if you had a relish recipe! I am going to give this one a whirl with my cukes. It sounds delicious! Nothing like a great relish on a hot dog!

    BTW-Love the bowl you put it in too!

  2. That sounds yummy. Love the bowl! La

  3. Good relish recipe....beautiful in a milk glass bowl.

  4. Lynn, that sounds so good. I never knew what to do with all of that zucchini either, so thanks for another idea!
    Hugs, Beth

  5. I would love to make this. What a great way to use the zuchinni in the garden!

  6. That sounds really good! Everything is better fresh! I ended up with 10 gallons of peaches and 8 gallons of plums last week. I canned too! Isn't it nice when people share their garden goodies!

  7. That sounds delicious...the bowl you put it in is gorgeous too:)

  8. I'm always happy to have more recipes to use my zucchini crop! It sounds like a perfect topping for a hot dog or, in our part of the country, a brat!

  9. I've never heard of using zucchini in a relish, but it sounds like a good way to use all that squash available right now. Linda

  10. I am such a fan of zucchini relish! I made so much last year that I still have another year's worth. But I am saving your recipe for next years crop! I would love to try yours too. Well, maybe I'll have to make a small batch... I can't wait that long. I am so glad you posted this! Once you had zucchini relish nothing tastes as good!

  11. I have never had Zucchini relish. I am one of those who doesn't get more than a couple of zucchini off a plant. I know, I could probably be in the Guinness Book of World Records, no one probably even believes me. I had so many cute little guys starting and then I ended up with 1. The others shriveled up and said, "No way am I going to her garden." I don't get it!

  12. Yummy, looks so good! Love your presentation.

  13. I've never had this relish but I sure am going to try it now.
    Sounds amazing...

  14. Your relish looks terrific and it is an excellent way to handle the garden's zucchini explosion. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  15. Oh, yum and very timely....I am swimming in zucchini :)


  16. Hi,
    You are toooo clever. Love your posts. I came for Tablescape Thursday and stayed for Foodie Friday. Never could pass up something good to eat. Thanks for you kind comments and I shall be visiting again and often. Enjoy your weekend.

  17. Our cukes and zukes are ready...This will definately be on my to-do list! Thank you for sharing!

  18. I have never had zucchini relish. It sounds wonderful. Hope to try it soon:) Stop by for a visit I am having a CSN giveaway:)

  19. Yum! Nice new way to use zucchini. Love the bowl you put it in. Beautiful!!

  20. I don't know what looks prettier, the relish or your pretty Fenton dishes!

  21. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds really YUMMY! Nan

  22. This relish looks great, and it will help use up some of the zucchini hanging out in my refrigerator. I love your dish! Thanks for sharing.

  23. My zucchini were going strong, but have experienced a set back due to squash bugs (which have since been squashed!) I hope they come back so I can try this delicious recipe.


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