Janet's Zucchini Relish
Yield: 3-1/2 pintsAmy LeBlanc credits this recipe to her best friend, Janet Bedard, whose family has handed it down through a couple of generations. This relish repeatedly wins blue ribbons whenever it is entered at the fair. Amy is an organic gardener and inspector who has just gone into business selling her preserves and vinegars.
Ingredients:10 cups grated zucchini
5 medium-size onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 large tomatoes, chopped
3 large stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup salt
2-1/2 cups white vinegar
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1-1/4 teaspoons powdered mustard
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2-1/2 teaspoons celery seed
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cool water
Instructions:In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the zucchini, onion, red and green peppers, tomatoes, and celery. Add the salt and stir well. Place a plate right on the vegetables and press down (a stack of smaller bowls works well). Let stand overnight.
In the morning, drain the vegetables and rinse well 2 or 3 times until most of the salty taste is gone. Transfer to a large stainless steel pot and add the vinegar, sugar, black pepper, mustard, turmeric, allspice, celery seed, and cornstarch-water mixture. Stir well. Simmer for 45 minutes, or until the sauce is clear. Fill 1/2-pint or 1-pint jars with the relish, cover, and process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes for 1/2-pint jars or 15 minutes for 1-pint jars.