Sweet Relish with Nana

I don’t know where all of you are but in this part of Canada we have had another really good year for cucumbers and zucchini.  Because of all the moisture, and now the beautiful weather at the end of the growing season, if you’re not careful someone will break into your car and leave a zucchini on the seat.

You know what else did really well this year?  Corn.  I have heard from so many friends that their corn crops flourished so if you were one of the diehards that planted them expecting nothing AGAIN (as every other year past) you would have been pleasantly surprised.  These are just a few ears from Nana’s garden and I was lucky enough to eat one last night!


That super cool purple dish is actually a Silicone Veggie Steamer from Epicure and I love to cook my veggies in it.  You just put it in the microwave and they’re done super fast, no mess to clean up and none of the nourishment is boiled away in water.  It’s another amazing product I love!

Silicone Steamer

Because there’s no shortage of cucumbers around, I have an entire series coming up on what to do with them all.  I’ve made 3 different recipes already this summer and here’s the fourth.  A sweet relish recipe Nana got from a friend that gave her a jar after she gave her a bag of cucs.  It’s got cucumbers, onions, red and green peppers and is so great!


Start out with all the veggies and your food processor and chop them pretty fine.  I stood there for about 20 minutes just feeding these through and it’s a good thing I wasn’t wearing makeup because these onions were potent!


Drain off any liquid on them then sprinkle 1/4 cup pickling salt over the top and let them stand for another 3-4 hours or overnight.  This will draw out any additional moisture.

After those three hours, drain off the last of the liquid and start cooking the brine (sugar, vinegar, celery seed, mustard seed and a few drops of green food colouring) in a pot until it’s warmed through.  Pour the brine over the roaster full of veggies and simmer over medium until heated thoroughly STIRRING OFTEN.  Just like the Salsa recipe, this will burn if you don’t keep stirring it.


Once it’s cooked for about 10 minutes, pack it into sterilized jars and let sit until you hear them seal with a pop!


Nana’s Sweet Relish

24 or more cucumbers
10 onions
2 green peppers
2 red peppers
1/4 cup pickling salt
6 cups sugar
3 cups vinegar
1 tbsp. mustard seed
1 tbsp. celery seed

drop of green food colouring

Smear this all over your burger and tell me it’s not the best thing since sliced cucumbers!  Success and happiness, Kim.


5 thoughts on “Sweet Relish with Nana

  1. For the pickling salt can you use any salt or is this a specific ingredient? I couldn’t find any at walmart but will look at superstore when I go out tomorrow. This recipe looks delish and I have way too many cukes from my father in law


    • Hey Jen! As far as I know pickling salt is just coarse salt so if you can’t find pickling salt look for coarse salt and if you can’t find either I would just use 1/2 cup of regular salt instead of 1/4 cup of pickling salt. It’s finer so you would need a bit more. Hope that helps!


      • Made this and loved it! I didn’t have as many cukes but I just scaled down the recipe. I also added 1tsp of turmeric (8 cukes were used) and everything else the same as yours, thanks for great ideas as always Kim, I am a fan of your blog.


      • Thanks so much Jen! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and I love the idea of adding turmeric. I have another recipe for bucket pickles coming up that I use turmeric in and I love the flavour. Thanks for the comments!


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