Friday, March 02, 2007

Sweet Pickle Relish

4 cups chopped cucumbers
2 cups chopped onions
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped sweet red pepper
1/4 cup canning salt
3-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seed

Combine cucumbers, onions, and peppers in a large bowl. Sprinkle them with salt and cover them with cold water. Let stand for two hours. Then drain the vegetables well, pressing out excess liquid.

Sterilize 7 half-pint jars and prepare canning lids. Combine sugar, vinegar, and spices and heat to boiling. Add vegetables; simmer for 10 minutes. Immediately pack hot mixture into sterile jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles by sliding a plastic knife around inside of jar. Wipe jar rims with a clean cloth. Adjust lids.

Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. (Begin timing when the jars are placed in the boiling water.) Remove jars upright and set several inches apart on a wire rack to cool. If any jars do not seal, refrigerate them and use soon.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)