Delicious and Easy Sweet Cucumber Relish Recipe for Canning

cucumber relish spoonful

This delicious and easy sweet cucumber relish recipe for canning is great for all those abundant fresh cucumbers. I use the cucumbers that I inadvertently grow too long and are too big for pickles. I am not sure how they hide so well, but they always do!

Overgrown cucumbers for cucumber relish
Overgrown cucumbers

Ingredients

  • 10 cups Shredded Cucumbers – The great thing about the cucumber relish recipe is that you can use the big cucumbers that always hide in your garden. I used about the cucumbers in the picture and that equaled about 10 cups.
  • 4 to 6 Bell Peppers – I used 6 peppers. Any bell peppers can be used, but the orange, yellow and red peppers make it colorful. I used all three colors plus I did also use green bell peppers. For a spicy relish hot peppers could also be added.
  • 2 large Onions – Any type of onions can be used. I used sweet onion.
  • 5 Tbsp Salt – I used canning salt.
  • 3 cups Apple Cider Vinegar – white vinegar is an option.
  • 3 cups of Sugar
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1 tsp Ground mustard seed – Can also use dry mustard.
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder

Steps in Preparing Cucumber Relish for Canning

The first step is to shred the cucumber, peppers and onions with a food processor and add to a large bowl.

Shredded cucumber for cucumber relish for canning
Shredded cucumber

Mix the chopped vegetables thoroughly.

Shredded cucumber, peppers and onions mixed together
Shredded cucumber, peppers and onions mixed together

Add 5 tablespoons of canning salt to the vegetables and mix thoroughly.

Adding canning salt to cucumber relish mixture
Adding canning salt

Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 10 hours or refrigerate overnight.

Place mixture in strainer/colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Cucumber relish mixture in strainer
Cucumber relish mixture in strainer

Drain very well. I divide the mixture into two parts and go back and forth between bowls and the strainer and push and squeeze with my hands.

Place the drained vegetables in a large stock pot and combine sugar, vinegar and remaining ingredients.

Sugar added to cucumber relish mixture
Sugar added to cucumber relish mixture
Spices added to cucumber relish mixture
Spices added to cucumber relish mixture

Stir thoroughly, heat on medium-high heat, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.

Stirring cucumber relish mixture
Stirring cucumber relish mixture

Canning the Cucumber Relish

Spoon the hot mixture into jars using a canning funnel. Leave a 1/2 inch headspace. I felt there was a little excess liquid and I used a slotted spoon to place the hot relish in the jars.

Pouring the cucumber relish into the jars
Pouring the cucumber relish into the jars

This recipe makes about 5 pint jars. I used some half-pint jars, also.

Jars of cucumber relish
Jars of cucumber relish

Remove air bubbles and wipe jar rims and add the jar lids and screw bands.

Removing air bubbles
Removing air bubbles

Add the canning jars to the hot water bath and process jars at a full rolling boil for 15 minutes. I use the Ball electric water bath canner and love it.

Jars of cucumber relish in the water bath canner
Jars of cucumber relish in the water bath canner

Remove the hot jars from the boiling water bath with a jar lifter and place them on a dish towel on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours.

Half-pint jar of cucumber relish
Half-pint jar of cucumber relish

Enjoy

This great canning recipe is such a great way to use extra cucumber from your garden! Especially the ones that hide on the cucumber plants during cucumber season and get too big to make pickles.

Enjoy this delicious homemade relish on hamburgers and hot dogs, plus the homemade sweet pickle relish is great to use in potato salad, tuna salad, chicken salad or egg salad!!

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cucumber relish spoonful

Cucumber Relish Recipe for Canning

Yield: 5 pints
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This delicious and easy sweet cucumber relish recipe for canning is great for all those abundant fresh cucumbers.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups of shredded cucumbers
  • 4-6 bell peppers (different colors are best)
  • 2 onions
  • 5 Tbsp canning salt
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp dry mustard or mustard seed

Instructions

  1. Shred the cucumbers, peppers, and onions in a food processor.
  2. Place in a large bowl and add salt
  3. Mix well, cover, and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 10 hours or refrigerate overnight.
  4. Rinse thoroughly in a strainer, remove as much liquid as possible.
  5. Place the mixture in a large stockpot and add the remaining ingredients
  6. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Place in canning jars, remove air bubbles, wipe rims, and add lids.
  8. Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove jars and let sit for 24 hours.

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