Sweet Zucchini Relish


My mother's sweet zucchini relish is a family favorite. It's delicious on hamburgers and hot dogs.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs
7 1/2-pints


  • 12 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini

  • 4 cups chopped onion

  • 5 tablespoons canning salt

  • 6 cups white sugar

  • 2 ½ cups white vinegar

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 ½ teaspoons celery seed

  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place zucchini and onion in a large, non-metallic bowl; sprinkle salt on top. Use your hands to evenly mix salt with zucchini. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Drain zucchini in a colander and rinse well with cool water. Squeeze out excess water; set zucchini aside.

  3. Place sugar, vinegar, red and green bell pepper, and cornstarch into a large pot. Add celery seed, nutmeg, turmeric, and black pepper. Stir to combine, then add drained zucchini. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, sterilize seven 1-pint jars and lids. Pack relish into sterilized jars, making sure there are no spaces or air pockets. Fill jars all the way to the top. Screw on the lids.

  5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with boiling water. Carefully lower jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary, until the tops of jars are covered by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil, then cover and process for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove jars from the pot and place on a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

47 Calories
12g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 112
Calories 47
% Daily Value *
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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