|We had plenty to choose from..this is the tip of the zucchini iceberg, from our garden! Of course we had to buy the onions and bell peppers, but we have a great farmers market nearby...|
Anyway, I originally came up with this as a means to deal with a HUGE zucchini, but it will work with just about any kind of squash and also with cucumbers. Since this uses sugar it is NOT strictly Paleo/Primal, but bear in mind - it's a condiment, not a food.
In making this over the years, for some reason I tended to make (repeatedly) some pretty simple mistakes. To publish it here, I've had to clean up the subtle little reminders I use to help prevent these mistakes.
Zucchini or Cucumber Sweet Relish
WE’RE GOING TO REMEMBER TO MAKE THE F*****G SYRUP BEFORE ADDING THE F*****G VEGETABLES THIS TIME, OKAY?!!
12 C chopped zucchini or cucumbers, unpeeled
5 medium onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
5 tablespoons salt
Combine the onions and peppers. Stir in zucchini or cucumbers and salt.
Cover and allow to sit for 3 hours. Drain and rinse well.
NOW you can make the f*****g syrup BUT DON’T ADD THE F*****G VEGETABLES UNTIL THEY’VE BEEN DRAINED FOR THREE HOURS!
2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
3 cups organic cane sugar
2 T corn or tapioca starch
2 T celery seeds
1 t mustard seed
1 t turmeric
Combine to make a syrup, boiling until sugar dissolves and mixture has thickened.
DON’T FORGET TO RINSE THE F*****G VEGETABLES BEFORE YOU ADD THEM TO THE SYRUP!!
Add vegetables to syrup and cook for 20 minutes.
Ladle into hot canning jars, adjust seals. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.