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For the last week or so I've been concentrating on testing out recipes that allow me to pickle or preserve some of my favorite things one jar at a time. My latest attempt was a recipe for sweet pickle relish I found online at food.com. It has got to be my favorite "one jar" recipe. This makes one pint of the most wonderful homemade relish you will have tasted anywhere. I dare you to go back to store bought brands.
2 cups finely chopped pickling cucumbers 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped sweet peppers 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup cider vinegar 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds 1/2 tsp celery seeds 1/4 tsp turmeric
Toss the chopped vegetables in a large glass bowl with the salt. Cover with water, then cover the bowl and allow it to sit for 2 hours.
Drain water and rinse the vegetables off in a strainer.
In a large pot, combine the sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seeds and turmeric and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to help dissolve the sugar.
Add the vegetables to the sugar mixture, and bring to another boil.
Reduce the heat to a low boil and allow the liquid to reduce for about 10 minutes. There should be very little liquid remaining.
Spoon the hot pickle relish into a sterilized jar, and seal with a new lid and ring that have also been sterilized.