Ok...so it is a day before we go on holiday
and I went out to see how my garden is growing....
it is now a dry spell after the long, cool, rainy
summer we have had so far.
Time for a good watering!!
Here is how the garden looked
just about a month ago:
and here are the peas now!!
and the beans!!
and the acorn squash
and of course the zucchini!!
there are 3 more plants of zucchini too,
so when life give you zucchinis...
you make relish!!
Place the zucchini and onion in a large, non-metallic bowl,
and sprinkle the salt overtop. Use your hands to evenly mix
the salt throughout the zucchini. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
The following day, drain the zucchini in a colander,
and rinse well with cool water. Squeeze out excess
water and set aside. Place the red and green bell pepper,
sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch into a large pot. Add the nutmeg,
turmeric, celery seed and pepper. Stir to combine,
then add the drained zucchini. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat,
then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, sterilize 6 one-pint jars and lids to hold relish.
Pack relish into sterilized jars, making sure there are no spaces
or air pockets. Fill jars all the way to top. Screw on lids.
Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway
with boiling water. Carefully lower jars into pot using
a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between jars. Pour in
more boiling water if necessary, until tops of jars are covered
by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil,
then cover and process for 30 minutes.
Remove jars from pot and place on cloth-covered
or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool.
Once cool, press top of each lid with finger,
ensuring that seal is tight
(lid does not move up or down at all).
Yield: 6 pints
This is an awesome relish for either
hamburgers or hotdogs.
Make up a batch and have it at your next BBQ!!
I will be gone for a few days,
I have so much to share when I get back....
once I finish up with the peas and beans which
will undoubtedly be ready for harvesting
upon my arrival!!