Monday, July 18, 2011

Canning: Squash Relish

When my in-laws were visiting, we went on a canning spree! Canned things from pickles, to jams, to pickled watermelon rhines! This week I'll show you what and how we made them!


SQUASH RELISH
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8 unpeeled yellow squash
4 pickling sized cucumbers
3 large red bell pepper
1 white onion
1 red onion

Diced everything into small pieces. My pampered chef chopper is perfect for this! You can also make them in larger pieces if that is what you like. I use relish in my tuna and such, so the smaller the bits the better.

Put them in a bowl and let them get to know each other for about an hour.

2 cups white vinegar
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground celery seed
2 teaspoons ground mustard seeds

Bring these 4 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan for 5 minutes. Add squash mixture and bring back up to a boil, and let simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.

After the boiling, pour mixture into sterilized pint jars and top it off with juice, keeping about 1/2 inch head. Seal them with sterilized lids.

This recipe will make about 5 pints. We doubled the recipe, and in a large stockpot--took a little more time to heat up and such, but well worth the little extra effort...especially since it was all homegrown and we had an excess of veggies! We made 11 pints with it.

Let these jars boil for about 7 min minutes. Turn off heat and let them sit for 5 minutes. Remove them and let them cool overnight (24 hours), and keep listening for the "pop" sound. Check the next day to make sure they sealed. If they didn't, refrigerate and use within a week, or process them again. These have a shelf life of over a year when sealed--but they never last that long around here.

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Sealing and preserving the jars
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I'm no professional, and I don't have professional or fancy appliances. So this is how you can do it as well if you don't have any of those fancy pressure cookers and such.

LARGE stockpot. My husband used a pot he uses to make his beer with. The pot needs to be deep enough to cover the jars by at least 1 inch.
Canning basket. This is really cheap and can be found at the majority of grocery and retail stores. Its a little basket with "feet" and a handle--put a few jars in and lower into the water. It keeps them from touching the bottom of the pan and easy to remove from water. If you only get 1 thing, get this--its worth it.
Sterilizing jars. Send your jars through the dishwasher the same day you are canning. Make sure you set the "sterilizing" setting on. Leave them in there until you are ready to pour into them. If you leave them overnight and do the canning the next day, sterilize them again. This is to prevent any germ or yeast that might have gotten in over night. You can also boil them for a few minutes in boiling water. Dishwasher is easier for a larger quantity of jars.
Sterilizing the lids. Place all of them into boiling water and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. You can keep these in the water until ready to use.

Now, to seal the jars. Heat a pot large enough to cover jars you are using by 1 to 2 inches. The jars also shouldn't be touching the bottom, so use canning basket or wire rack that will fit. They only need to be off the bottom by 1/2 inch. Bring the water to a boil, and you are ready. Place jars in water, start timer. Leave in as directions say. When time is up, turn off the heat and leave in water for 5 minutes. Remove, carefully, and let them sit for a good 24 hours. Check seal--if it didn't seal, you can process them again or refrigerate up to 1 week.


These tips come from my own personal experience. I am by no means a professional, nor do I claim to be. Proceed at your own risk.

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4 comments:

Gooseberry Patch said...

Thanks SO much for linking up your canning recipes to this week's Recipe Round-Up. This one looks heavenly, as does the blueberry jam of course. :) We're delighted to have found your blog...thanks again for linking up!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Food for Thought
http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2011/08/joy-over-at-joy-of-desserts-is-host-for.html

Ott, A. said...

Thanks a Latte' for linking up to the Canning Week Blog Party!!! All of the recipes you contributed look really great!

Erin Porreca said...

This is an awesome recipe everyone raves about it

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