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At the beginning of the month we were in Provincetown out at the end of Cape Cod.  The stay is our most favorite fall get-away which we have been doing annually for over 10 years.  Not only is the fish and shellfish extraordinary, but the Saturday farmers market gives us all of the earthly goodness to accent it.  The last Saturday we were there brought the first cranberry harvest of the season.  I bought a few pounds which I’ve turned into spiced cranberry relish for the upcoming holiday tables.  Here’s the recipe, but you can find other cranberry recipes in my book, The Best Little Book of Preserves & Pickles, should you want further inspiration.  This recipe should make about 1 quart of relish.

4 ½ cups fresh cranberries
¼ cup each freshly grated orange and lemon zest
1 tablespoon minced fresh hot chile, such as jalapeño or Serrano
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup light brown sugar
⅔ cup red wine vinegar

Combine the cranberries, citrus zest, chile, mustard seed, and pepper flakes in a large, nonreactive saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer and stir in the sugar and vinegar.  Bring to a boil; then, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the berries have popped and the mixture has thickened slightly.
Remove from the heat and either spoon into clean containers and store, covered and refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.  Or, pack the relish into clean, sterilized jars, cover tightly, and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.  The latter method will allow you to store the relish at room temperature for up to 6 months.

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My canning leaves a bit to be desired.  I never plan ahead, but just tackle the job when I have more produce than I know what to do with.  This time, it wasn’t me, but my buddy Lynn who saved bags full of corn which she had generously cut off the cob.  I didn’t check to see if we had all of the ingredients my mom used to make her relish, but simply forged ahead .  I will give you mom’s recipe ‘cause I know it works.  I used a little of this and a lot of that to make mine – it ended up being a little hotter than usual, but still tasty.  This should make about 4 pints.

6 cups fresh corn kernels
2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup diced red bell pepper
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
¾ cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar

Combine the corn with the cabbage, onions, bell pepper, celery seed, mustard seed, turmeric, mustard powder, and sugar in a large heavy-duty pot.  Stir in the vinegar and place over high heat.  Bring to a boil; then, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and pack into hot, sterilized jars.  Cover, tightly, and either cool, upside down on wire racks, and refrigerate or place into a canning pot and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.  Remove from the canner and cool, upside down, on wire racks.

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Along with Easy Pickles, another house favorite is my mom’s pepper relish.  I have been making it almost my entire life.  The recipe is in a post from August 24, 2010 – you can tell what I do every summer, eh?  It is a great relish that can be made as mild or as spicy as you like and works on sandwiches or as a condiment for roast meats or poultry.  It is best made in the summer when you can get bushels of red and green bell peppers from farm stands at bargain prices.

 

 

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