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Friday, October 5, 2012

Mom's Hot Dog Relish

I'm not sure where Mom got the recipe for this relish, but it was written on the back of a 1960 TV listings sheet.   Reading what was on TV in 1960 was pretty interesting!  Did you know there was nothing on until 8a.m. and the last programing was done by 10:30p.m.   Ah... those were the days!  (though it was before my time so I don't remember it... just sounds lovely!)    Sometime I'll have to borrow that paper and list the programs.  So fun!

Anyway - this relish was a staple in my house as I grew up.  It is great on hot dogs or with sandwiches or roast beef.  It's sweet like bread and butter pickles and nice and crunchy.  Mom has made some and shared with me through the years.  It's time I made it on my own!  I've got about a bushel and a half of green tomatoes to use!

Mom used to borrow a hand grinder that ground fairly course.  You can't put the veggies in a blender or it will be too fine.  A food processor will work but pulse it slowly so it leaves the vegetables a bit chunky OR use a meat grinder like the one I found on Amazon HERE.   Once those veggies are ground, you sprinkle with salt & let it set over night.  Be sure to start at the right time so you're not canning relish at 3a.m.  :)

Mom's Hot Dog Relish

4 C. ground onion
4 C. ground green cabbage
4 C. ground green tomatoes
12 green peppers, ground
6 red peppers, ground (optional - can use all green pepper)

1/2 C. salt

Mix ground vegetables in a large bowl or bucket.  Sprinkle with the 1/2 C. salt and let stand over night.   In the morning (or at least 6-8 hours later), rinse a little with water and drain.

In a very large pot combine:

6 C. sugar
1 T. celery seed
2 T. whole mustard seed
1 1/2 tsp. tumeric
4 C. cider vinegar
2 C. water.

Add ground vegetables, heat to boiling and then simmer 3 minutes.   Fill prepared pint jars and water bath can for 10 minutes.  Makes 8 pints.

Joy's Notes:  Mom says she sort of strains off the juice towards the end of the pot as it gets kind of "soupy".  This would work nice in half-pints too if you don't go through a pint at a time.

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