Friday, July 28, 2006

Pickle and Relish Recipes.

Shawn asked for my pickle recipe that everyone raved over and Brenda wanted my relish recipe. So, here they are.

Crock Pickles
I make these in a crock and then transfer them to a gallon jar that I keep in the fridge. However, you can make them in a jar or a big pan as well.

4 Tblsp. Pickling spice
½ cup Salt
2 Tblsp. Dry mustard
½ tsp. Cayenne
½ to 1 cup sugar ( I use organic cane crystals – it just depends on how sweet you like them)
4 cloves of garlic (I did not have cloves this time, so I used 3 tsp. of minced garlic)
½ tsp. alum
1 quart plus 1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 quarts water.
1 Vidalia or sweet onion cut up
2 to 3 sprigs of dill

Put all the above in crock or jar. Add pickles until you can’t add anymore and have them be in the brine.

Cover and stir every day for 4 to 6 days. Put in jar and keep in fridge

Sweet Pickle Relish

1 quart of chopped cucumbers * See note below
2 cups of chopped Vidalia or sweet onions
2 cups chopped green bell peppers (I used one red one to add some color)
¼ cup salt
3 ½ cups sugar (I used organic cane crystals)
2 cups red wine vinegar (You can use apple cider vinegar as well)
1 Tblsp. celery seeds
1 Tblsp. Mustard seeds

*I put the cucumbers, onions and peppers through my meat grinder. They came out the perfect size and texture. It was very easy to do as well. There will be lots of liquid, that is OK as you drain it later. After you have chopped and measured the above veggies, put them all in a large bowl, sprinkle the salt over them and then cover the whole thing with cold water. Let it sit for 2 hours.

Drain it while really pressing out the liquid.

Combine the sugar, vinegar and spices in a pan and bring to a boil. Put your drained veggies in and let it simmer for 10 mins. Put it into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch head space. Water bath for 10 mins. This made just over 5 pints.


Anonymous said...

Thank You Marci.. On the meat grinder is there a special size? I have one that was my grandmother and it comes different sizes.. And if someone doesn't have a meat grinder could they use a food processor? Thanks again Maric... Have a good day.. Brenda

Marci said...

I only have one plate with mine, so that is what I used. My friend told me you have to be careful with the food processor as it will puree the veggies if you leave them in just a hair too long.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the recipe. Here is a maybe silly question: do you leave the crock out of the frig for the 4-6 days? You can see I don't know too much about this:) Thanks again!

Marci said...

Shawn, NO question is silly. Yes, I just leave it on my floor. I cover it with a non fuzzy dish towel.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering my question- now I'm going to try it!