The Best Relish I've Ever Had

The Best Relish I've Ever Had

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"This is the relish recipe I remember from my childhood. Light green in color, and unbelievably good on hot dogs, you won't be disappointed. It's an easy recipe for beginners, even if you have never canned a thing in your life."
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11 h 10 m servings 24 cals
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Original recipe yields 128 servings



  • Calories:
  • 24 kcal
  • 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 6.1g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 217 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Grate the cucumbers and onions into a large bowl using the large holes of a box grater. Sprinkle the pickling salt over the top. Cover tightly, and allow to rest at room temperature overnight.
  2. Squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the cucumber mixture; set aside. Whisk together the sugar, flour, turmeric, ginger, and celery seed. Heat the vinegar and water in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Whisk in the sugar mixture until smooth. Stir in the cucumber mixture. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 15 minutes.
  3. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the relish into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process pint jars for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.


  1. 34 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

this is truly the best relish. My mother has been making this mustard relish and we have been loving it for approx 30 years,only variation:omit the ginger, and add ground mustard and mustard see...

Most helpful critical review

This relish is very easy to make and good tasting, but it's waaaaaaaaaay too sweet. If I make it again, I'll use half of the sugar it calls for.

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this is truly the best relish. My mother has been making this mustard relish and we have been loving it for approx 30 years,only variation:omit the ginger, and add ground mustard and mustard see...

This is my second year putting up this relish. My family loves it! It's always such a hit. My only problem with the recipe, since I do a lot of canning, is that I like to know weights for the am...

Made this and was so disappointed with the runny looks that I discarded the recipe-couple weeks later after finally getting brave enough to open a jar and try I was very surprised! Love it, fou...

This relish turned out to be delicious!! What a great starter recipe for someone who has never canned anything! I added red and orange bell pepper for color & I cut up the cukes intead of gratin...

Thank you for this wonderful recipe! This was our first time making relish. We used huge Ukrainian cucumbers that were too big for pickles. We followed the directions and the relish is superb...

I just made this relish and although I know it's supposed to sit for 6-8 weeks, I tasted it warm and it already tastes very good; it can only get better! After reading all the other reviews (th...

I love relish but never made it before. and this is really good!!! I'll be making this with my fresh garden cucmbers every year!

This relish is awesome and I really didn't use the exact items, used my big cucs from my garden and took the seeds out and used cooking onions...still is fantastic.

Great recipe! I just used regular cucumbers and didn't bother seeding them. The flavor is great on burgers and hot dogs. I submitted it for our county fair and won 2nd place!

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