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Squash Relish

Squash Relish 

I love squash relish-the old recipe I use-makes me think of taking little bites of summer's goodness and saving them up-saving them to remind me during the long winter that summer is not too far away.

I like this recipe-cause it tastes delicious-and because it's broken up into 2 days-which makes it easier to accomplish if you have a busy schedule.

Ingredients: 12 cups chopped squash, 4 cups chopped onion, 1 chopped sweet green pepper, 1 chopped sweet red pepper, 6 tablespoons Salt (not iodized), 2 1/2 cups white vinegar, 6 cups sugar, 1 tablespoon dry mustard, 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 3/4 tablespoon flour or cornstarch, 3/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1 1/2 teaspoon celery seed, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Following the zodiac signs-this recipe is best made when the signs are in the arms, heart, breast, neck, or head. The higher the sign-the better. I made mine when the signs were in the head.

Old Time Squash Relish 

First: chop squash, onion, green pepper, and red pepper. You can chop by hand or use a food processor. I used a processor. Chop to your desired consistency-you can see mine is fairly fine. Put all the chopped vegetables in a large bowl.

How to make Squash Relish 

Next: Add the 6 tablespoons of salt to the mixture. Cover with a towel and let set overnight.

Easy Squash Relish 

Next: After letting the mixture sit overnight-place it in a colander and rinse under cold water. Drain Well.

Making Squash Relish 

Next: In large pot combine vinegar, sugar, mustard, nutmeg, flour or cornstarch, turmeric, celery seed and black pepper. Let the mixture cook until it begins to thicken slightly.

Squash Relish Recipe 

Next: Add the squash mixture to the pot and let boil slowly for 30 minutes. Put in jars and seal. You can process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath if you wish. Or use the hot pack/open kettle method like I do. The recipe states it makes 8 pints. It never makes that much for me. More like 5 pints.

Next: Make pinto beans, stewed potatoes, cake of cornbread, open a jar of squash relish-and enjoy! The relish is also good on hot dogs.


p.s. If you have any questions about the recipe you can email me at


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Lu-It really is 5 pounds. The recipe is an old one-handed down through Appalachia. It does seem like alot of salt-but after it sits over night-you wash most of the salt off of the mixture.

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Did you mean 5 Tablespoons of salt? I am assuming, its not really 5 pounds.

Sounds great. My mom used to make squash relish and I've lost the recipe. We'll give it a try...maybe this is it!

Thanks, Jack

I've never had squash like that! Looks yummy :)

Tipper, I've never made squash relish. I made squash pickles once. They were sweet. Okay, but not as good as 14 day pickles.

I used to make Green Tomato Pickles. They were great with beans. Little pepper but not too hot. The Deer Hunters Grandmother, Lura, used to make them. I asked her for the recipe. She didn't have one, she just made them. I had to watch her make them and write down what she did.She was interesting when it came to cooking. She was a good cook but she had her ways of doing things! She cooked everything on high! She was famous for blowing up the pressure cooker when she was cooking chicken in it. There was a permanent stain on the ceiling above the stove where the chicken splattered on it. LOL!!! True story!

You give very good directions for making things and the pictures are helpful.

Love ya,
Miss Cindy

Never heard of squash relish, either. Like the above comment my family always made chow chow.

Tipper: This is certainly a time for squash and you must find inventive ways to use it.

This look great Tipper. Do you have a different version that you call Chow Chow? In my family we made Chow Chow with whatever summer vegetables were "in". Usually cucumbers or corn but even squash. We just called it all Chow Chow.

this sounds YUM. you may just sidetrack me from my annual jam and jelly making obsession!

Never heard of this either.
I guess I need to come up there and visit you to get in on all this good food.

I wonder if I could do this without the sugar and fermented? Ideas... ideas. :)

Oh, how I wish I lived in the country! I need to find me some squash!

People keep giving us zucchini, BIG ZUCCHINI. Can any portion of your recipe for squash relish be made up from zucchini?

I wish I could make pictures like those you produce.

I've tasted squash relish before but your's sounds a lot better. I like the ingredients you use. Thanks for the recipe, you have so many good ones.

This squash relish sounds great. I love pickles and this would be so good with pinto beans,corn bread, and buttermilk. It sounds really good on hotdogs, too. We picked some squash today. This recipe sounds like it would be so good. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Looks yummy!!!

I can see I have a lot of learning to do regarding my one and only method of cooking squash! How did you get so smart, Tipper?!

Hi Tipper! Do I love squash, but finding good squash relish around is here is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
The light bulb went off! What if you were to ship a few of your containers to some stores and see how they moved? Wouldn't that be something! One never knows!

Have a wonderful day, Tipper! :))

Ummmmm! That sounds good! A bowl of pinto beans, a slice of cornbread and a good helping of squash relish. I'm hungry!

I've never heard of squash relish but it sounds and looks incredible!

That sounds delicious!

Thanks so much for the recipe - looks so good. My grandmother used to make this every summer, I have not tasted it in years. I'm headed to the farmers market to get the ingredients and make a batch.

Oh boy this sounds so good. I'm going to have to see if my brother (who know's how to cook) will help me make this up. He and I both love relishes and piccalilli, especially in our beans. I don't know squat about cooking, but I do know about eating and this sounds yummy. I'll let you know how it goes.

Corn pictures are posted.


You make me think it's possible to create these delicacies rather than drool over them!

This looks really good. I might have to try it!

Great minds must think alike! I just got my squash relish recipe out...ours is pretty much the same, except I add cayenne peppers in mine for a little spice! Love it on purple hull peas...or any peas...even on burgers!

I am so going to try this recipe. For me it may be a bit hard, but I will let you know if I was successful.

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