Sweet Pickle Relish Recipe

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Sweet Pickle Relish


  • 4 – 5 lbs large cucumbers
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup pickling salt
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dill seed
  • 2 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp turmeric


  • Wash cucumber and remove ends.  Slice the cucumbers lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon – I do not peel the cucumbers.
  • Finely chop the cucumbers and onion.  You can use the food processor if you’d like a finer texture, just do not over process or you will have cucumber puree’.
  • Place the cucumbers and onion mixture in a large bowl; add salt and mix well.  Let the mixture sit for approximately 2 – 3 hours.  The salt will draw out all the excess water in the cucumbers.
  • Drain the mixture in a strainer until all the liquid is removed.  Do not rinse.  I squeeze out the excess liquid with my hands.
  • In a large pot, combine vinegar, sugar, garlic, dill seed, mustard seed, celery seed and turmeric; bring to a boil.
  • Add the cucumber mixture and return to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Cool and store in refrigerator or process pints in water bath for 10 minutes – click for canning instructions.

NOTE:  Once the mixture is done cooking – give it a taste.  A lot of times, I usually end up adding a pinch more salt and sugar.  You could also add some red pepper flakes, for a spicier relish.  White vinegar can also be substituted – it will give you a little more of a vinegary kick.


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