Homemade Sweet Zucchini Relish


This is a family favorite! A simple DIY that everyone will love! This is a family recipe from my Grandma, Penny Faust. One of my favorite childhood memories was watching my mom can her sweet zucchini relish. Yum! We use it in anything from homemade dressings, potato salad, egg salad, tuna salad...etc.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 50 mins
12 half-pint jars


  • 10 small zucchini, ends trimmed

  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded

  • 4 onions, peeled

  • 3 tablespoons salt

  • 4 cups white sugar

  • 2 ¼ cups vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 12 half pint canning jars with lids and rings


  1. Run zucchini, red bell pepper, and onions through a meat grinder. Transfer ground zucchini mixture to a large bowl; sprinkle with salt. Refrigerate zucchini mixture, overnight or at least 10 hours.

  2. Pour zucchini mixture into a large pot; add sugar, vinegar, celery seed, and turmeric. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir cornstarch into mixture; continue boiling until thickened, about 5 more minutes.

  3. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack relish into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.

  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

20 Calories
5g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 192
Calories 20
% Daily Value *
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 25mg 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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