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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Yield: 6 pints
  • Prep 1 hr
  • Stand 8 hrs
  • Process 10 mins

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We've packed a bushel of veggies into this tangy Southern-style relish. Serve it alongside ham and beans or pork chops--and don't forget the corn bread!


  • 3 large onions, cut up
  • 4 medium green tomatoes, cored and cut up
  • 4 medium green sweet peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut up
  • 2 medium red sweet peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut up
  • 2 medium carrots, cut up
  • 12 ounces green beans, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
  • 1/4 cup pickling salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric


  1. Using a coarse blade on a food grinder, grind onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers and carrots. (Or use a food processor to process onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers and carrots in batches until finely chopped.) Transfer ground or chopped vegetables to an extra-large nonmetal bowl. Add green beans, cauliflower and corn. Sprinkle vegetables with pickling salt; cover. Allow to stand at room temperature for 8 to 24 hours.
  2. Transfer vegetable mixture to a large colander set in sink. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  3. Transfer drained vegetables to an 8- to 10-quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, vinegar, the water, mustard seeds, ginger (if using), celery seeds and turmeric; pour over vegetables. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Ladle hot mixture into hot, sterilized pint canning jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids.
  5. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts


Servings Per Recipe 6, Monounsaturated fat (g) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 0, pro. (g) 0, Folate (µg) 8, iron (mg) 0, sugar (g) 7, sodium (mg) 63, calcium (mg) 10, fiber (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 340, cal. (kcal) 35, Potassium (mg) 56, Thiamin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 8, vit. C (mg) 10, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0

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