Cucumber week in la grosse mere’s house!
As I haven’t found any Relishes in Germany but only recipes, I decided to make it myself. It’s easy (of course…) to make and tastes like in North America, I think. Well, ok, I didn’t make the comparison between the two at the same time, so who knows. But it reminds me of Canada and my daily school sandwich there.
Last week, I could get cheap cucumbers (that’s why I made two times cucumber sauce and now this relish…). As my relish stocks were finished, I made some new:
4 tblsp salt
1 red bell pepper
3/4 cup of sugar (180 ml)
1,5 cups of vinegar (375 ml)
2 tbslp of mustard seeds
1 tblsp of turmeric (=Kurkuma)
a dash of chili powder
Grate the cucumbers and the onions finely as well as the bell pepper. Stir in 4 tblsp of salt, knead a little bit with your hands and put it in a large sieve. Let it drain for about an hour.
Then crush the mustard seeds in the mortar.
Put the veggies with spices, sugar and vinegar into a large pot and bring to a boil. Let it boil until most of the liquid has evaporated (maybe 15-20 minutes?). Don’t forget to stir once in a while.
Then mix the starch with a little bit of water, add this mix to the veggis and let it boil once again.
Fill the hot mix into clean glasses, close them. I put them in the pressure cooker and sterilize (to be correct: I don’t know, if I really kill all of the microbes, but I believe in it ;-) So maybe I only pasteurize it?) it: I put the glasses into the pot, add about 1/4 of the height of the glasses of water, close the pot and boil until it reaches the second temperature ring. Then I continue at this temperature for about 3 minutes and switch off the stove. When it has cooled, I get the glasses out of the pot.
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