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The Chef Upstairs - Gen Heller's Amazing Sweet Relish Recipe




Gen Heller’s Amazing Sweet Relish

Makes 12 jars @ 500 ml;
Prep Time - 90 minutes; Resting Time - 8 hours; Canning - 1 hour

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Ingredients (makes about 24 to 26 cups)


  • 16 to 20 large dill pickles to make 10 cups processed to a fine dice
  • 1 large cauliflower to make 8 cups of fine dice
  • 5 to 6 large cooking onions – to make 4 cups fine dice
  • 4 large green peppers – to make 4 cups fine dice
  • ½  cup coarse pickling salt

Pickling Liquid

  • 5 cups sugar
  • 6 cups pickling vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp celery seeds
  • Green food colouring (optional)


  • Process the cucumbers, cauliflower, onions and green peppers in a food processor. Pulse 5 to 6 times for 3 seconds for a fine dice, but don’t process too fine. Combine in a large stainless bowl or pot.
  • Add  ½  cup coarse salt and cover with boiling water. Let stand overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  • Day 2 - Drain well.
  • Boil 5 cups sugar in 6 cups vinegar with 2 tbsp. mustard seed, 2 tbsp. Celery seed, then add vegetables. Mix well.
  • Heat thoroughly and green food colouring to get desired colour; ladle into jars and seal.
  • Place jars in canning pot full of boiling water. When water comes to a boil, can for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from canner, tighten lids and let cool.

P.S. This relish is great or burgers and dogs. Add to mayo to make tartar sauce or add a few tablespoons to your potato salad.