Friday, June 16, 2017

Relishing Life... Corn Relish

Corn Relish

16 to 20 fresh ears corn (8 cups) (you could use frozen corn as well, let thaw)
2 cups water

1-1/2 cups dice celery (6 stalks)
1-1/2 cups dice red bell peppers (2 medium)
1-1/2 cups dice greed bell peppers (2 medium)
1 cup dice onion (1 large)
3 cups white vinegar
1-3/4 cups sugar
4 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. ground turmeric

Note: The original recipe calls for the vegetables to be "chopped". You will want to "dice" them which will be about the size of a large kernel of corn so that each bit will have all of the ingredients.

For fresh corn: Remove husks from corn. Scrub with a stiff brush to remove silks; rinse. Cut kernels from the cob, but do not scrape cobs. Measure 8 cups kernels.

In an 8-10 quart stainless steel pot combine the 8 cups of corn kernels with 2 cups water. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer, covered for 4 to 5 minutes or until corn is nearly tender, drain.

For frozen corn: Thaw corn in a strainer until corn is no longer frozen removing excess water.
Measure 8 cups.

In the 8-10 quart stainless steel pot combine corn, celery, sweet peppers, and onion. Stir in vinegar, sugar, mustard, kosher salt, celery seed, and turmeric. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Note: The original recipe calls for cornstarch and water (3 Tablespoons each) to add as a thickener. You should substitute 2 Tablespoons Clear Jel and 1/4 cup water or add 3 Tablespoons of Ball Flex Pectin no sugar/low sugar to give the recipe a thicker consistency or you can omit the thickener completely. (I used the Clear Jel version)

If you are adding thickener - Stir into corn mixture and bring back to boil for one minute if you used pectin, five minutes for Clear Jel, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat.

Ladle hot relish into hot, sterilized pint canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids.

Process for 15 minutes in the water bath, starting timing once the water has come to a rolling boil.

Makes 5 pints.

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