Sweet Pickle Relish

with Sharon Peterson

Pickle relish is good on so much more than burgers and hot dogs! Add a few jars to your pantry to enjoy in salads, pasta dishes, and more. Free recipe and canning instructions from SimplyCanning.com

I love this pickle relish on a brat or homemade hamburgers. Add to potato or egg salads as well. A great summer food addition.

This recipe can be processed safely in a Water Bath Canner.

Yield is about 6 pints.


Gather your canning supplies


  • 1 quart chopped cucumber
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper for color (you can substitute more green if you don't have red) 
  • 1/4 cup canning salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1T celery seed
  • 1T mustard seed

Start by preparing jars,and get water in your canner heating. 

(see Water Bath Canning for full directions)


Sweet message from my friend Rita.... 

Love my friends! And it looks like I need to have a pickle making party! 

Sharon ~ I would LOVE to have your recipe for your sweet relish!! OY! Its sooooooo good! Remember, you left a jar here after the kids b-day last September? I've been hiding it in the back of the fridge cause its almost gone! lol! I will learn how to make that this year!! ~ Rita

Combine chopped cucumbers, onion and peppers in a large bowl. 

Sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water. 

Let stand for 2 hours. 

Drain well. Press out any excess water.

Combine sugar vinegar and spices. 

Bring to a boil.

Add well drained vegetables and simmer 10 minutes. 

Pack into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.

Wipe rims clean and process according to water bath canning directions. 


process pints for 10 minutes

Be sure to adjust processing time according to your altitude.

Altitude Adjustments for Boiling Water Bath Canner

Altitude in Feet - increase processing time

1,001-3,000 - increase 5 minutes

3,001-6,000 - increase 10 minutes

6,001-8,000 - increase 15 minutes

8,001-10,000 - increase 20 minutes

For more information on why this is important, see this altitude adjustments page.

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