Sweet Relish

I don’t really care for fresh cucumbers, I don’t dislike them I just prefer other veggies when given a choice. I do, however, LOVE sweet relish and pickles. So I planted a bunch of Pickling Cucumber seeds. And they came up. And then they died. I should really find another hobby…they looked just like my green beans. Brown. And then they simply disappeared in their carefully formed beds. But that was okay! My good friend Amanda, bought an entire box for 5.00 and only used half of them. Translates to ‘Relish for Rachel’. I’ve never made relish before. So I picked up an ‘all natural sweet relish mix’ at our local store and went to work!

The recipe said 6-8 pounds so I split the difference and used 7 pounds.  I weighed’em, rinsed’em and got ready to chop’em.

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I only needed to get them small enough to fit into my Kitchen Aid grinder attachment.

I began chopping off each end.

I began chopping off each end.

Then cutting them in half.

Then cutting them in half.

The into quarters.  They look like pickles!

Then into quarters. They look like pickles!  Oh wait, they are pickles.  Well, sorta.

In half again.

In half again.

Done and repeat.

Done and repeat.

When all 7 pounds were finished I had a very respectable pile….

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Now into the grinder they go!  I used the largest plate for the attachment.

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Keep grinding until……

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You have this lovely bowl of chopped up cucumbers!  Then, according to the directions, you have to add a half cup salt.  This was almost painful for me.  I’ve made a lot of food over the years and I don’t think I’ve EVER put this much salt in ANYTHING.  But here we go….

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All this salt and green juice made me think about margaritas.  Then I wished I had one.  But I didn’t.  The closest margarita to my house would be about a 35 minute drive.  I got some water instead.

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You know what else I love?  Besides sweet relish, pickles, chickens and margaritas?

I love things that are easy to clean.  This attachment is SO easy to clean therefore I love it too.

This has been sitting in a bowl 2 hours, now to be strained....

This has been sitting in a bowl 2 hours, now to be strained….

With all that extra water gone you have a green, squishy mat!

With all that extra water gone you have a green, squishy mat!

I put the relish mix and sugar in a large pot....

I put the relish mix, vinegar and sugar in a large pot….

Got it to a boil......

Got it to a boil……

And in go the cuc's!

And in go the cuc’s!

Stir and Stir…

Stir and Boil.

Stir and Boil.

Boil and Stir.

Boil and Stir.

I feel like I'm finally getting this canning thing down...

I feel like I’m finally getting this canning thing down…

A mere 10 minutes boiling and the canning begins!

I made pints...

I made pints…

Don't burn yourself!

Don’t burn yourself!  This is more a reminder to myself.  I’m sure YOU are smart enough not to burn yourself.  Me…..I need reminding.

10 minutes in the water bath and done!

10 minutes in the water bath and done!

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

Now would someone please go find me a hotdog?

And a margarita.  Thanks!

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