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Hot Dog Relish

We love homemade  hot dog relish.
My Mom in law has often made it for us and now she makes it with me. 
It is also great on roast beef and hamburgers.

We used the large grater on the food processor for the onions and the cucumbers and the cauliflower. We finely diced the peppers.

Hot Dog Relish
  • 6 pints fine cut cucumbers
  • 2 pints finely chopped cauliflower
  • 2 pints chopped onion
  • 2 finely chopped red peppers
  • 2 finely chopped green peppers

  1. In a large bowl  put the vegetables and cover with 1/4 cup salt. 
  2. Stir together and let sit for 3 hours.
  3. In the meantime, prepare your jars and lids by sterilizing them.
  4. After 3 hours drain the veggies in a colander in the sink. 
  5. Put the veggies back in the bowl and add the following ingredients.
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 pints of white vinegar

  1. Put it all in a large heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1/2 hour. You need to stay fairly close to stir quite often. After all this slicing and dicing you don't want to burn your relish.
  3. Put it into hot jars and put on lids to seal.
  4. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.  I have found that this site has clear  instructions on safe canning methods.

Makes about 15 cups


  1. Aww..what great pics of a fun time making relish. There is nothing like homemade relish. I have all these ingredients so I'm thinking we'll be enjoying a new recipe of homemade relish at our next wiener roast! Thanks Lovella!

  2. that I am 'in to canning'...I think I could even try this. Thanks for the detailed info. So no bath eh? Hmm...after buying a canner and reading all the 'stuff' all this canning and 'no bath'. :) Just when I was getting scientific about it all...

    Actually, this recipe brings back memories from home and I can smell it as I type...Fall and Mom's kitchen.

  3. I can see why you wouldn't want to have bought relish after having this! It's so neat to see recipes come on here of things I've never even thought about making and knowing that they are tried, tested and tasty. Everything I'vew tried has been good and my knowledge of spices is increasing.
    Hey, I now know what turmeric is and it's what makes that relishy taste! (smile)

  4. That is a huge bowl of veggies. Looks so fresh and yummy. I'll watch for the smoke from your fire pit:) Looks tasty. Kathy

  5. I actually have all of those ingredients!

    Looks like I'm relishing making relish too (haha!)

  6. Great photos and reading.
    Do you know if we could substitute Non-gluten flour mix for the wheat flour in the recipe?

  7. ithinkican.... yes! you could substitute gluten-free could use an all purpose gf mix... or I would use 1/4 cup sweet rice/1/4 cup brown rice. julie

  8. Do you need to add xanthan gum with the gluten free flour?

  9. No, in this recipe you would not need to add xanthan gum to the flour.

  10. Why would one need to put flour in? I have never seen flour in a canning recipe. And I saw salsa recipe with cornstarch? I just did 14 twelve ounce jars from the Ball Blue Book. No need of flour. Same with salsa, no need of cornstarch. Is that to make it seem more like store bought? My children won't eat store bought tinned food for that reason. They don't like the mouth feel of the starches added to thicken. Any extra delicious juice if there is any is added to tuna salad (from the relish) etc.

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      You are right. The flour is there to thicken the relish. This relish is all veggies and when you add the vinegar it becomes very watery. I've been enjoying this relish for 35 years. I have never tried making it without thickener but it won't affect it the flavour if you don't add it. Like you say, you could just use the juice in something else. I would think you would have to cook it down a bit more though if you want to use it on a hamburger or hotdog.

  11. Oh, just commented a minute ago...Just started following your blog. Started from the first post yesterday and have been reading every order. Lots of deliciousness.

  12. is this recipe for a double or single batch

  13. do you use pickling cukes or just cucumbers

  14. This was so good!!! Making another batch today.


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