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Recipe for Sweet Pepper Relish

| 11/17/2012 11:46:00 AM

A heavy frost did-in my pepper patch, so I harvested all the peppers that remained and were not ruined by the frost.  That yielded a full basket of sweet bell, banana and lipstick peppers: more than we could possibly use before they go bad.  I have a shelf full of canned, sliced peppers; bags and bags of frozen peppers, several jars of dried peppers… what can I do with these final sweet peppers for a bit of variety?

Marie turned to the internet and came up with a recipe for sweet pepper relish. This one is tagged with the word Heinz, so I assume that company is somehow the original source, so I’ll mention that, although the recipe was found on


Ingredients for Sweet Pepper Relish

  • 6 medium green bell peppers
  • 6 medium ripe bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, mix & match)
  • 3 medium onions
  • 2 – 4 hot peppers (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic

Tools & Supplies

  • At least 4 pint canning jars with lids and bands
  • Hot water bath canner
  • Canning tool set (wide mouth funnel, jar lifter, head space tool, etc)
  • 6 – 8 Qt. enamelware or stainless steel sauce pan or stock pot
  • Paring knife
  • Ladle
  • Wood, plastic or stainless stirring spoon
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Rubber gloves (optional)



Set up your canner and use it to sanitize 4 to 6 pint jars and lids by boiling them for 10 minutes.  Reduce the heat but keep them hot while you prepare the relish.

Stick your onions in the freezer for a few minutes to reduce the eye irritation that occurs while chopping them.

Wash, core and seed the peppers.  If you are including hot peppers (jalapenos, habaneros, Serrano – I’m using Cajun belles) you may want to wear gloves to prevent spreading the capsasin to delicate parts of your face. Washing your hands, even with soap and water does not remove this element from your skin.

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