Preparing and Canning Relishes
Chayote and Pear Relish
- 3½ cups peeled, cubed chayote (about 2½ medium or 2
large, hard, crisp chayote)
- 3½ cups peeled, cubed Seckel pears (about 6 to 7 raw Seckel
- 2 cups chopped red bell pepper
- 2 cups chopped yellow bell pepper
- 3 cups finely chopped onion
- 2 Serrano peppers, finely chopped*
- 2½ cups cider vinegar (5%)
- 1½ cups water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons canning salt
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground pumpkin pie spice
*Caution: Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or
cutting hot peppers. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching
your face or eyes.
Yield: About 5 pint jars.
Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.
||Wash and rinse pint canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare
lids according to manufacturer's directions.
||Wash, peel and cut chayote and pears into ½-inch cubes, discarding
cores and seeds. Chop onions and peppers.
||Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt and spices in a Dutch oven or
large saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add chopped
onions and peppers; return to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring
occasionally. Add cubed chayote and pears; return to the boiling point
and turn off heat.
||Fill the hot solids into clean, hot pint jars, to within 1 inch from
the top of the jar. Cover with boiling hot cooking liquid, leaving ½-inch
headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims
of jars with a dampened clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning
||Process in a boiling water canner according to the recommendations
in Table 1. Let cool, undisturbed, 12-24 hours
and check for seals.
|Table 1. Recommended
process time for Chayote Pear Relish in a boiling-water
||Process Time at Altitudes of
|Style of Pack
||0 - 1,000 ft
||1,001 - 6,000 ft
||Above 6,000 ft
Developed at The University of Georgia, Athens, for the National Center
for Home Food Preservation. Released by Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D., Department
of Foods and Nutrition, College of Family and Consumer Sciences. August
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