Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Canning Vidalia Onion Relish (White Vinegar Recipe)

The Ruritan Club was selling Vidalia onions as an annual fundraiser this spring... I bought a 25 pound bag. Decided to make a couple kinds of relish among other things. This recipe uses white vinegar and has only a few, simple ingredients. It's delicious on hot dogs, brats, and sausages, and in pinto beans or bean soup on a cold winter evening.

Here's what I did...

First, I washed my pint canning jars and kept them hot until I was ready for them. I simmered my lids and rings in hot water and kept them hot as well.

Then I started peeling onions... and chopping onions... this Granny is grateful beyond belief for a KitchenAid mixer with a food slicer/chopper attachment to cut down on the chopping time, and reducing the tears.

I chopped 10 cups of onions.

I combined my onions in a non-reactive pan, along with
2-1/4 cups white vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons celery seed

I stirred all the ingredients together and brought the mixture to a boil, reduced the heat and simmered for 10 minutes.

I ladled the mixture into the hot pint jars leaving about a half inch of headspace. I wiped the jar rims with a damp cloth and, using my magnetic wand gadget, removed the lids and rims from the hot water, tightening them to a fingertip tightness on the jars.

I processed the jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, then removed the jars from the boiling water using my jar lifter.

I set the jars on a folded dish towel on the counter to cool... and to listen for the PING of each successfully sealed jar... I love that sound... it gives me such a satisfying feeling!

I can't wait to serve up this relish on a hot dog... but I'm going to wait at least a couple of weeks to give the flavors time to marry.

Aren't these flowers pretty? They have absolutely nothing to do with canning, onions, or relish, but my son  and daughter-in-law gave me the orange daylily for Mother's Day, and my daughter and her boyfriend gave me the purple delphinium, and they look so pretty contrasted side by side, I thought I'd share!

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  1. Love the sound of this recipe! I'll be keeping my eyes open for some onions this summer...

    1. Rosalyn, thanks! It's great with beans or mixed in tuna or potato salad! ~~Granny

  2. Can you use other types of sweet white onions?

    1. Maria, any sweet onion would work great. ~~Granny

  3. Do you think apple cider vinegar would work as well? Or half and half apple cider and white? I don't have much white vinegar, but I have lots of apple cider vinegar.

    1. Yes, you may certainly substitute apple cider vinegar for the white... they have the same acidity. ~~Granny

    2. Thank you for your quick reply. I really appreciate it.

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  19. Do you have to use canning/pickling salt or is kosher salt ok to use?

  20. Been looking for a recipe for this relish for awhile - and now that I have started canning - at the modest age of 56 - oh well, better late than never. My husband loves Vidalia onion pickle relish and to be able to can up several jars - woohoo

    Wished I had paid more attention to my canning granny back when.

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