As a lover of all things pickled, I find solace in the tangy and sweet flavors that come together in a jar of homemade sweet pickle relish. This recipe holds a special place in my heart as it connects me to cherished memories of family gatherings and summer barbecues. In this article, I will share my personal journey and guide you through the steps to create your very own batch of irresistible sweet pickle relish.

1. Sweet Pickle Relish Recipe


  • 6 cups finely chopped cucumbers
  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickling salt
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


Step 1: Prep the Vegetables

In a large bowl, combine the chopped cucumbers, onions, and bell peppers. Sprinkle the pickling salt over the vegetables and toss well to coat. Let the mixture sit for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. This process helps to draw out excess moisture from the vegetables.

Step 2: Rinse and Drain

After the 2-hour period, rinse the cucumber mixture thoroughly under cold water to remove the salt. Drain well and press out any remaining liquid using a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth.

Step 3: Prepare the Pickling Solution

In a large pot, combine the sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, turmeric, and ground cloves. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Step 4: Add the Vegetables

Gently add the drained cucumber mixture to the pot with the pickling solution. Stir well to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables become tender and translucent.

Step 5: Jar the Relish

While the relish is cooking, prepare sterilized jars by placing them in a large pot of boiling water for a few minutes. Carefully remove the jars and let them air dry. Fill the jars with the hot relish mixture, leaving about 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe the rims clean, place the lids on top, and tighten the bands.

Step 6: Process the Jars

Return the filled jars to the boiling water bath and process for about 10 minutes to ensure proper sealing and preservation. Once processed, carefully remove the jars from the water bath and let them cool at room temperature. You may hear the satisfying “pop” sound as the lids seal.

Step 7: Store and Enjoy

Allow the jars to cool completely before storing them in a cool, dark place. The sweet pickle relish will develop even more flavor as it sits, so it’s best to let it mature for a few weeks before enjoying. Once opened, refrigerate the relish and consume it within a few months.

Crafting my own sweet pickle relish has allowed me to preserve the flavors of cherished memories and share them with loved ones. By following this simple recipe, you too can embark on a journey of nostalgia and create a relish that embodies the perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness.

Enjoy the process of chopping the cucumbers, bell peppers, and onions, and savor the aroma of the spices as they meld together in the pickling solution. Allow the relish to mature and develop its flavors over time, and relish the joy of sharing it with friends and family.

So why not try your hand at making your own batch of sweet pickle relish? Let the flavors transport you to a place of warmth and happiness as you savor the taste of homemade goodness. Embrace the tradition of preserving and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something that holds a special place in your heart.

Emily Harris

Emily Harris is a seasoned chef and a food aficionado with a boundless love for all cuisines. With years of experience experimenting in the kitchen and crafting delightful dishes, Emily has honed her culinary expertise to share with the world

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