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Zesty zucchini relish for summer dining

by Zeak Rice

Sweet and Snappy Zucchini Relish (Small Batch)

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins 

We love this recipe! It’s easily changeable, and if not made perfect, there’s not a hundred jars of it. I use my food processor to chop. So, try it and see if you like it too.


1 1/4 lbs zucchini, 4 cups finely chopped

2 medium onions, finely chopped

1 sweet red pepper, finely chopped

2 tablespoons pickling salt

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup cider vinegar   

1 teaspoon dry mustard   

1 teaspoon celery seed (not celery salt)

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes [OPTIONAL]

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon cold water

2 teaspoons cornstarch


Combine zucchini, onion, and sweet pepper in a large non-reactive bowl. Sprinkle with salt, and stir well. Let stand 1 hour. Drain through a sieve, rinse, and drain again, pressing out excess water.

Combine drained vegetables, sugar, vinegar, mustard, celery seed, hot pepper flakes, and turmeric in a large stainless-steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, until vegetables are tender – about 15 minutes.

Blend water and cornstarch; stir. Cook 5 minutes or until liquid thickens and turns clear, stirring often. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars to within 1/2″ of rim. Wipe rims, add hot lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath 10 minutes for half-pint jars, 15 minutes for pint jars.

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 (63 g) Servings Per Recipe: 22 Calories: 57.7 Total Fat: 0.1g Total Carbohydrate: 13.8g Dietary Fiber: 0.5

Serves: 22. Yield: 4 half-pints.


Here are 3 different batches I made in 2022. You can choose your own flavors by substituting various herbs and spices. Have fun!

1 – White Sugar, 1 Tbs. Molasses, 1 Tsp. Whole dill seeds, No celery seed.

2 – White sugar + 2 Tbs. molasses, 1 Tsp. whole dill, 1 Tsp. nutmeg, 1 Tsp. Curry powder, Freshly grated ginger, 1 Tsp. garlic

3 – White sugar, 1Tsp. whole dill, ½ Tsp. ground fennel, ½C. Orange sweet bell peppers, ¾ Tsp. mace.


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