Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mom's Zucchini Relish

My mom has been gone for almost 5 years now but I still miss her like crazy. I also miss her cooking. She was a fabulous cook, particularly of those basics that most everyone craves--chili, baked beans, baked ziti, homemade bread. And her famous Zucchini Relish, which I haven't had in years and years.

So when I came across the recipe, and had a huge number of zucchini from the local farmer's market (one of these days, I'll plant my own garden, LOL), I decided to try this. It turned out EXACTLY like I remembered my mom's. It was my first time canning, too, and all the little jars sealed perfectly. I was quite proud of myself, LOL.

Mom's Zucchini Relish (makes 5-6 pints)
6 cups or 4 medium zucchini, chopped (FYI, I used a food processor for all the veggies)
4 cups or 4 big onions, chopped
5 tablespoons table salt or 3 tablespoons kosher salt (I always use kosher salt)
4 green peppers, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped (optional; and I had already used my red pepper so I didn't use one)
2 1/2 cups white vinegar
6 cups sugar (I know, I know, but it's not like you eat the whole jar of relish at once)
1 tablespoon dry mustard (that's the spice, not the stuff you throw on a hot dog ;-)
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon tumeric
1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed
black pepper to taste
green food coloring (optional) if you want the relish to be really green

In a large bowl, mix the zucchini, onions and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit overnight. The next day, drain the zucchini well (I also squeezed out as much liquid as I could). Add all the remaining ingredients and stir. Adjust seasonings as needed. This makes 5-6 pints (I got 6), depending on the size of your vegetables. For canning tips, here's a website with lots of info. It was way easier to can than I expected, so count on me to do more of that in the future!



  1. That sounds delicious. Welcome to the world of canning!

    Your mom was a great cook. I always loved coming over to your house.

  2. Aw thanks, Heather! I miss her cooking a lot.

  3. I've never had zucchini relish, Shirley, but I have a glut in my garden and this sounds like a perfect solution!
    Many thanks. I love making things that remind us of the people we love too, I bet your mum would be pleased to know her recipe is being tried out by people far and wide.

  4. thanks, Sally! I think my mom would be pleased, too. Now if I can just learn to make bread as well as she did, I'll be all set! :-)

  5. Shirley, your mom sounds like she was a well-loved woman. (((Hugs.)))

    I'm definitely going to give this relish a try.

    For what it's worth, you must be a lot like your mom. Don't sweat the bread! You can do it. :)

  6. Aw, thanks, Carol. I think it's just that some people cook and some bake, KWIM? I'm not as much of a baker as a cook (it's all that precision with the measurements! pressure! LOL).

  7. You should really enter the world of gardening. If you have already a garden you can awls picked some zucchinis and canned all of it. For all I know zucchinis are fast grower plants and maybe then you will surely canned zucchinis everyday. LOl.

  8. That Zucchini relish will definitely go great with hotdogs! LOL. PLus some really spicy salsa, that would be the best hotdog in town! LOL. Oh by the way, thanks for sharing the recipe for this relish! It will definitely help me a lot. I kinda have 3 zucchini plants in my garden and planning to do some jarring soon!

  9. Isabella, every year I talk about planting a garden, but I know from experience that I travel so much of the summer that it doesn't get the TLC it needs. Maybe one of these days!

    Thanks, Rose! I hope you enjoy it! My family loves it.


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