Delicious Summer Recipe: Sweet and Snappy Zucchini Relish (small batch)

Sweet and Snappy Zucchini Relish - (Small Batch)
By Deb Wolf
Zucchini is a type of squash from the Cucurbita family. Though it is mainly used as a vegetable, it may come as a surprise that it is classified as a fruit. Its seeds are generally inside/within, unlike a vegetable that produces a seed stalk.

Its seminal habitat was from central America up through central Mexico, etc. It seems to have been developed primarily in Italy (Courgette) and spread from there.
Zucchini is used in both savory and sweet recipes. This recipe combines both elements - it is the best relish I have ever had. I use my food processor to chop. It's a small batch recipe. So, try it and see if you like it too.

Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins    
Serves: 22, Yield: 4 half pints

1¼ lbs zucchini, 4 cups finely chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 sweet red pepper, finely chopped              
2 tablespoons pickling salt
1¼ cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar      
1 teaspoon dry mustard    
1 teaspoon celery seed (not celery salt)
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Combine zucchini, onion, and sweet pepper in a large non-reactive bowl. (ex: glass, plastic) Sprinkle with salt, and stir well. Let stand 1 hour (or more).

Drain through a sieve, rinse and drain again, pressing out excess water and salt.

Combine drained vegetables, sugar, vinegar, mustard, celery seed, hot pepper flakes, and turmeric in a large stainless-steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently (uncovered) until vegetables are tender - about 15 minutes.

Blend water and cornstarch; stir. Cook 5 minutes or until liquid thickens and turns clear, stirring often. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars to within 1/2" of the rim. Wipe rims, add hot lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes for half-pint jars and 15 minutes for pint jars.
Notes: You can vary spices, herbs, food grade extracts, and sweeteners (~sorghum, molasses, allulose, stevia~, etc.) to suit your taste.
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 (63 ) Servings Per Recipe: 22 Calories: 57.7 Total Fat: 0.1g Total Carbohydrate: 13.8g Dietary Fiber: 0.5g Protein: 0.5g

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