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Preparing and Canning Relishes

Fresh Dill Cucumber Relish

A sweet relish, not a salty dill pickle relish.

  • 12 cups chopped pickling cucumbers (about 4 pounds pickling cucumbers as purchased)
  • 3 cups chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onion

Pre-Soak Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup pickling or canning salt
  • 4 cups crushed or cubed ice
  • 8 cups water

Pickling Solution:

  • 5 cups cider vinegar (5%)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Yield: About 6 to 7 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.

Procedure:

  1. Wash and rinse pint canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare lids and bands according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Prepare cucumbers and peppers by first washing them well. After washing the cucumbers, slice a thin piece from both the stem and blossom ends and discard.  Cut into about 1-inch pieces and then chop in a food processor (using about 3 pulses on “chop”) to yield about ¼-inch or slightly larger pieces.  Measure 12 cups of the chopped cucumber.  
  3. After washing the peppers, remove the stem, seeds and white membranes.  Cut into about 1-inch pieces or slices and then chop in a food processor (using about 3 pulses on “chop”) to yield about ¼-inch or slightly larger pieces.  Measure 3 cups of the chopped pepper.
  4. Remove the skin from onions. Wash well and chop into about ¼-inch cubes, or process to size in a food processor as for peppers.  Measure 1 cup of the chopped onion.
  5. Combine measured chopped cucumber, pepper and onion with salt, ice and the 8 cups water in a large bowl or saucepot. Cover; let stand 3 to 4 hours in refrigerator. Drain; rinse thoroughly with ice cold water and drain well again through a cheesecloth-lined strainer (until no more water drips through, about 15 to 20 minutes).
  6. Heat vinegar, sugar, 1 cup water, and remaining ingredients in a stockpot while stirring, until sugar dissolves. Add drained, chopped vegetables, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. 
  7. Fill hot relish into clean, hot pint jars leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Make sure liquid covers the top of the food pieces. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids.
    • Process in a boiling water canner according to the recommendations in Table 1. Let cool, undisturbed, 12 to 24 hours and check for seals.
Table 1. Recommended process time for Fresh Dill Cucumber Relish in a boiling-water canner.
  Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Pints 15 min 20 25

A Product Note:  We like this as a sweet salsa on tortilla chips, also – particularly after it has been refrigerated and is cold!


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.  June 2008.

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