Pickle Relish Recipes


August 3, 2008
Quart jars of pickle relish


  • 3 quarts cukes
  • 3 cups green sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 red sweet peppers
  • 4 cups onions
  • 3 Tbsp. salt
  • 6 cups white vinegar
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  • 7 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 4 Tbsp. mustard seed


Grind veggies through coarse blade on food grinder. Mix with the salt and let drain in plastic drainer overnight.

On the next day, combine remaining ingredients in saucepan and simmer 10 minutes. Add veggies and simmer 20 minutes. Place in clean hot jars and process 5 minutes in boiling water bath.

Yield:7-9 pints

By Karen from Clemmons, NC

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July 15, 2008

Does anyone have a good recipe for making sweet pickle relish? I don't like the store bought sweet relish because it's loaded with preservatives and artificial colors, it tastes yucky. I'd like to start making it at home. I know it's just cucumbers, vinegar and sugar, but it seems like it might be hard to make it come out right.

Christy from Balto, MD


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July 15, 20080 found this helpful

Try or Food Network tv

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By Mary (Guest Post)
July 15, 20080 found this helpful

Find a bread and butter pickle recipe that you like and grind the ingredients. My mother did that and it makes a marvellous relish.

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July 15, 20080 found this helpful

my mom used to make what's called cha-cha(relish).
It was always so delicious!
you might consider it instead !


The one above really isn't what I wanted to post - something more like this :,1936,134190-246193,00.html

& I heard her call it by both names, cha cha & chow chow

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July 15, 20080 found this helpful

Ditto what Mary said below. :-)

My mom canned some relish that I believe was bread and butter pickle relish that lasted for years & years. When that ran out she ended up taking cucumber chip pickles we had and chopping them up in the food processor with a little bit of the juice. Tasted just as good. We only use it for hot dogs so it made sense not to have a shipload of it around.

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July 16, 20080 found this helpful

Christy, if you will e-mail me I will send you an old time recipe for the relish that is out of this world.I have made it for years and will never change to another recipe. Karen busdrivr AT

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July 16, 20080 found this helpful

Here is the recipe I have used for years. It is from the Ball Blue Book.

4 cups (960ml)chopped cucumbers
2 cups (480ml) chopped onions
1 chopped green pepper


1 chopped sweet red pepper
1/4 cup canning salt (DO NOT USE TABLE SALT) will make the cucumbers limp
3 1/2 cups sugar(840ml)
2 cups(840) cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) celey seed
1 Tablespoon mustard seed.
Combine cucumbers, onions, green and red peppers in a large bowl. sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water. Let stand 2 hours. Drain thoroughly; press out excess liquid. Combine sugar, vinegar and spices; heat to boiling. Add drained vegetables and simmer 10 minutes. Pack hot into hot pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch (16mm) head space. Adjust caps. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield about 4 pints.
*I have a note on my recipe that this amount of liquid makes enough for a double batch of relish. Do not Double the mustard seed though.
I use an old fashion grinder to chop vegetables.

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August 15, 2008

I am looking for a recipe for hot dog relish like the kind you buy - eg. Bicks. I have tried several but they are all on the sweet side. Anyone have such a recipe? Thanks.

Gloria from Saskatchewan


By tina (Guest Post)
August 18, 20080 found this helpful

I grind up;
1 peck of Hungarian yellow wax hot peppers
6 green peppers
6 onions
10 just turning tomatoes
Grind them all as you grind them put in a colander-in the sink to drain. after it is drained put into a large pot cover with apple cider vinegar about 5 cups of sugar.


Bring to a boil then let it simmer. To the thickness of your choice. Put in containers and freeze or bottle it. For me it is easier to freeze-enjoy hot dogs or hamburgers. My husband loves it on spaghetti.

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August 18, 20080 found this helpful

You can simply reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipes. I reduced by half and found it came closer to commercial versions.

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

Exactly what kind of relish are you looking for? Just a hot dog relish with a sour taste? Maybe I can help.

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

Here in the U.S. you can buy dill pickle relish. Sometimes you have to look carefully for it on the grocery shelf, though.

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

I'm looking for a recipe using cucumbers, dry mustard and has a bit of kick to it.

Thanks for all the ideas.

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

I don't have a recipe for relish with a mustard taste. All of my recipes are sweet relish as I can't eat anything very spicy. Sorry!

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By Rasta (Guest Post)
August 21, 20080 found this helpful

Hot Dog Relish

3 cups finely chopped cucumbers
1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper


1 cup finely chopped onions
4 tablespoons salt
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon celery seed

Place first 5 ingred in stainless steel or glass bowl with water and salt. Cover and let stand over night in refrig. Next day drain well and add the rest of ingredients to a 4 quart stainless steel pot or dutch oven. Bring to a boil and turn to simmer until most of the liquid has reduced. Put in large container and store in refrig. You can process this following processing proceedures if you wish. It keeps in refrig for ever. I've never had a problem with it.
You can adjust the sweetness to your taste. I use this relish in any dish that calls for relish as an ingredient and it seems to make it so much better.

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August 23, 20080 found this helpful

Just made recipe for hotdog relish sealed in jars the relish is good . but i,d like to have one with mustard sauce like Bicks if anyone has one i,d appriciate it . Thanks

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September 3, 20080 found this helpful

5 lbs. onions
5 lbs. cukes with peel, seeded
2 celery hearts
3 green peppers, seeded
3 red peppers, seeded
large head cauliflower

3/4 cup pickling salt


6 C Sugar
2 C Flour
1 TBSP. Turmeric
5 C. Vinegar
3 1/2 C. Water

Put veggies through food grinder. Sprinkle salt over veggies and add enough water just to cover. Cover and let stand on counter overnight. Next morning, drain very well. Squeeze out all juice.

Sauce: Put all ingredients in large pot and whisk over medium heat til it boils. Simmer 2 or 3 mins. Add veggies and stir over medium heat til boiling. Remove from heat and pour into hot sterilized jars and seal. Makes 13 pts.

I don't know why you couldn't add dry mustard in place of the turmeric if you want.
I am also going to try Zucchini instead of cukes.

Sandi (Saskatchewan, Canada)

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April 26, 20090 found this helpful The best relish on the planet.

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June 11, 2018

Years ago in Florida I used to buy hamburger relish. We all liked it. Now in Georgia we can not find it. :( It was made of ketchup and pickle relish. I need a recipe, maybe other ingredients too.

Have a Nice Day :)

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