Friday, September 19, 2008

What to Do with a Giant Zucchini

OK, so you're wondering what to do with that hummer of a zucchini that got away from you and now is the size of a small child. Here's what I do: make zucchini relish! We were introduced to this tasty treat several years ago by one of my visiting teachers, and now we won't eat any other kind. Even picky eaters like this relish! Here's the recipe:

Zucchini Relish

4 to 4-1/2 lb. Zucchini squash (peeled, seeded)

2 med. Onions

1 sweet red pepper

2 Tbsp. Canning Salt

2 C. sugar

1 C. cider vinegar

1/2 C. water

2 tsp. Celery seed

2 tsp. Ground turmeric

1 tsp. Ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp. Pepper

Cut up vegetables; grind in food chopper, using coarse blade, being careful not to over process. (I pulse mine in the food processor.) Add salt. Cover; refrigerate overnight.

Rinse in cold water. Drain well in colander.

In 4- to 5-quart kettle combine vegetable mixture, sugar, vinegar, water, celery seed, turmeric, nutmeg, and pepper. Bring to boil. Cover; boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Ladle hot mixture into hot, clean pint jars; leave ½-inch headspace. Prepare lids according to manufacturer’s directions. Remove air bubbles with a non-metallic spatula. Wipe jar rim. Adjust lid. Process jars in boiling water bath 15 minutes (start timing when water returns to boil). Makes 4-7 pints.

This is great on hot dogs, tuna sandwiches, anything!


Rachel said...

Hmmm... never heard of zucchini relish! Are you one of those ladies people run from thinking you're going to dump your unwanted zucchini on?? ha ha!!
I would never run from you, Sister Farrier, NEVER EVER!

Nelson Farrier said...
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Kathy F. said...

Actually, I am NOT one of those ladies. With my brown thumb, I couldn't even grow one zucchini last year. I kid you not. This year we've produced....two. BUT, the relish is really, really good! (And thank you for not running from me.)

Rachel said...

(neither am I with my brown thumb!) ha ha.
Love ya!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the recipe. It sounds like it could be yummy (I'm not a bog relish fan, but I do eat it) We will give it a try!

LeaAnne said...

I like it best on a tuna sandwich :) I love this recipe Kath!! (but you already knew that!)