Home Style Corn Relish

Yield: Makes about 6 x 500 ml jars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Processing Time: 15 Minutes
Difficulty: Expert

A traditional accompaniment for barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers, a spoonful of corn relish adds colour and texture to any entrees, year round. As the colder weather approaches and you fire up grill for the last few times, give the recipe a go!

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups (2000 ml) corn kernels, about 20 ears of corn*
  • 4 cups (1000 ml) diced red & green peppers, 4 large (2 red; 2 green)
  • 1 3/4 cups (425 ml) diced celery
  • 1 cup (250 ml) finely chopped onion
  • 4 cups (1000 ml) white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) pickling salt
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) dry mustard
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) celery seed
  • 1-2 tsp (5-10 ml) turmeric
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) all-purpose flour or ClearJel
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) water 

Directions:

  • Blanch ears of corn in boiling water 5 minutes; cut corn from cob. Measure 8 cups (2500 ml). Prepare and measure peppers, celery and onion; add to corn and set aside.
  • Place 6 clean 500 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Heat SNAP LID® sealing discs in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and sealing discs hot until ready to use.
  • Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a large stainless steel saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a rolling boil. Maintaining the boil, gradually stir in vegetables a cup at a time. Stir in mustard, celery seed and turmeric.
  • Combine flour and water making a paste; stir into vegetables. Boil gently, stirring frequently, 5 minutes or until relish reaches desired consistency.
  • Ladle relish into a hot jar to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more relish. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining relish.
  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process – boil filled jars 15 minutes.*
  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.