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Recipes

Zucchini-Pepper Relish

Sarah West

adapted from the blog “Simple Bites”

yields about 10 half-pint jars

Ingredients
6 cups/890 g chopped green bell pepper (about 6 whole peppers)
6 cups grated green or a mix of green & yellow zucchini (about 2 ½ -3 pounds zucchini)
2½ cups grated onion (about 2 large onions)
4 cups/960 ml apple cider vinegar, divided
2 cups/400 g granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons sea salt
2 Tablespoons mustard seed
1 teaspoon celery seed
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Steps

  1. Sterilize five 1-pint or 10 half-pint jars. Prepare a waterbath for canning.
  2. Combine the chopped bell pepper, zucchini, and onion in a large, nonreactive pot. Stir in 2 cups/480 ml of the apple cider vinegar and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until the vegetables have cooked down, about 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the vegetables and return them to the pot. Add the remaining 2 cups apple cider vinegar, plus the sugar, salt, mustard seed, celery seed, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Ladle the relish into the prepared jars, leaving 1/2 inch/12 mm of headspace. Gently tap the jars on a towel-lined countertop to help loosen any bubbles before using a wooden chopstick to dislodge any remaining bubbles. Wipe the rims, apply the lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  5. When the processing time is up, remove the canning pot from the flame and remove the lid from the pot. Let the jars sit in the pot for an additional 5-minutes. This helps to prevent the relish from reacting to the rapid temperature change and bubbling out of the jars.

From Chef Kathryn LaSusa Yeomans