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This Relish recipe is a classic condiment for summer! Homemade with simple ingredients, and perfect on hot dogs and hamburgers!
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine American, Canadian, North American
Keyword Hamburger Relish, Hot Dog Relish, Relish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Overnight Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 15 minutes
Servings 128 servings
Calories 41kcal
Author Chrissie



  • 6 pounds cucumbers unpeeled
  • 3 pounds white or yellow onions peeled and halved
  • 2 red bell peppers cored and halved
  • 3 green bell peppers cored and halved
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cup coarse pickling salt
  • 1 quart white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • Process the cucumbers, onions, and bell peppers in the food processor to create a coarse grind.
  • Pour the ground veggies into a large pot and add the water and salt to the pot, stirring well to combine.
  • Cover and let sit overnight or for at least 12 hours.
  • The next day, drain the veggies well and return them to the pot.
  • Add the vinegar, turmeric, celery seed, mustard seed and sugar.
  • Stir everything together very well to combine and bring the mixture to a boil for at least 1/2 hour, stirring regularly.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in a tablespoon or so of water and add it to the mixture.
  • Stir it in well, and reduce the heat. Continue to cook the relish for another 15 minutes or so or until it thickens slightly.
  • Sterilize your jars and lids according to proper canning procedures.
  • Add the mixture to the jars leaving about 1/2 inch of room at the top of each jar. Add the lids.
  • Process the filled jars in a pot of boiling water for at least 5 minutes (you may need a rack at the bottom of the pot to prevent the jars from sitting on the bottom of the pot where they may crack or break).
  • When the jars have finished processing, remove them to a wooden board to cool completely. Any lids that have not popped down (indicating a proper seal) should be stored in the fridge and consumed within 1.5 months.
  • Properly sealed jars can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dark place for up to one year.


This recipe yields approximately 7 or 8 1-pint jars of relish, which is approximately 128 servings of two tablespoons each.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 886mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg