Table of Contents
  1. How is pickle relish used?
  2. Why add in cabbage?
  3. Watch how to can this pickle relish recipe
  4. How to Can Pickle Relish Recipe

Canning and preserving came from a place of necessity. But in today’s world, the convenience and ease of grocery stores changed what we preserve. Over time, recipes for things like pickle relish seem pointless when you can just run to the store and buy a jar. It’s true!

Have you ever given much thought to how pickle relish is made? Probably not, since it’s just a topping. That’s why I still make and can my own. When made at home, the flavor is stand-out, and so much better than anything from the store. Plus, there are no preservatives or food coloring added. While you may think you do not need six pints of relish, once you taste this, you’ll start finding reasons to use it! Trust me!

Hand holding glass jar filled with pickle relish with other filled jars in background

How is pickle relish used?

So you decide to can pickle relish. What in the world do you put it on besides a brat or hotdog? I completely understand. The jar in your refrigerator has probably been sitting there for longer than you can remember.

I think of this relish as any other pickle. So when I’m putting together a snack board or charcuterie platter, I add a bowl of this relish. When I want to make egg, chicken, or chickpea salad, I go straight for this relish. Obviously, any burger or brat gets a good helping too.

This relish has a flicker of bread and butter pickles, but is not overly sweet. There’s still some sweetness, but with a tangy component that makes it multi-useful… and addictive!

Up close view of glass jar with lid and ring on top filled with yellow colored pickle relish sitting on taupe cloth

Why add in cabbage?

You may be surprised to see cabbage in the ingredient list. Isn’t this pickle relish? Cabbage is a surprising but perfect addition.

Once all the vegetables are salted, drained of excess liquid, then cooked, the cabbage practically disappears. The sweetness of the cabbage balances out the cucumbers and remains crunchy. Plus, the cabbage is a fantastic flavor carrier and in the end, you never even realize it’s in there.

Glass jar filled with yellow colored pickle relish sitting on taupe cloth on white countertop

Watch how to can this pickle relish recipe

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Glass canning jar sitting on white countertop filled with yellow colored pickle relish with green cucumbers in foreground

How to Can Pickle Relish

4.78 from 18 votes
Pickle relish is not just for the quintessential brat or hotdog! It's definitely good as a topping, but this sweet and sour mixture can be used in an unlimited number of ways!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Process Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6 pints


  • 3 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 8 cups finely chopped cucumbers pith and seeds removed
  • 3 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • ½ cup canning salt

For the brine

  • 5 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 ½ tsp celery seed
  • 2 ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp turmeric


  • In a large bowl, combine the onion, red pepper, green pepper, cucumbers, and cabbage. Sprinkle with salt and mix to incorporate. Pour into a large strainer and allow to drain for 6-8 hours. The drained liquid may need to be discarded during this time. After 6-8 hours, discard any liquid and rinse the vegetables well. Drain any excess rinsing liquid.
    3 cups finely chopped onion, 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper, 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 8 cups finely chopped cucumbers, 3 cups finely chopped cabbage, ½ cup canning salt
  • In an 8-quart stockpot, combine the drained vegetables, vinegar, water, honey, celery seed, mustard seeds, and turmeric. Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and fill sterilized jars, leaving ½-inch headspace.
    5 cups vinegar, 1 cup water, ½ cup honey, 2 ½ tsp celery seed, 2 ½ tsp mustard seeds, 2 tsp turmeric
  • Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean cloth. Place on lids and rings, following the manufacturer's instructions. Place the filled jars in a boiling water bath, ensuring the water covers the jars by one inch. Boil for 10 minutes, then remove the jars from the water bath and allow to rest at room temperature for 12-24 hours. The jars should all be sealed after 1 hour.
  • After 12-24 hours, remove the rings to check the seals and place any unsealed jars in the refrigerator. Store at room temperature.


Serving: 1tbspCalories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 1.4gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 37.4mgPotassium: 22.6mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2.4IUVitamin C: 2.7mgCalcium: 3.2mgIron: 0.1mg
Course Preserving
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Canning

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  1. 5 stars
    I never tried to can before, until I started watching you,now love it, you make it so simple.Your the best

  2. 4 stars
    Enjoyed your video. I tried this today but its a bit too tangy for me. I would reduce the vinegar next time and maybe use part apple cider vinegar. Also do you know if I can substitute mustard seeds for ground mustard powder? I increased the honey so hope that does not ruin it. Last comment, hoping you can tell me where to find a kettle pot like yours?

  3. 5 stars
    I grew up with a Mother that canned! I did not try it until about 5 years ago. So wish that I had began earlier! Husband always said, just go buy a can! I have changed his mind! 😄
    Thank you so much for your sharing the knowledge that your family has instilled in you! Much appreciated.

  4. Love your videos! My recipe is a little different using green tomatoes in place of cucumbers. I would like to start adding cucumbers to my recipe, or just add some green tomatoes to your recipe. However, I don’t care for honey. Could you substitute sugar in place of honey in your recipe? If so, how much?

  5. I followed your recipe to can relish. I gave a jar to my Dad’s wife and she said it was tangy/sour. Is that the normal taste of the relish?

  6. 5 stars
    I made this and it so SO delicious!! Thank you for the recipe! I tried “Dolly Partons coleslaw” recipe and she uses sweet pickle relish but I used this instead and my boyfriend ate the whole bowl of coleslaw it was so good!

  7. 5 stars
    Made your relish. Yum. I’ve made my version of a hot dog relish for over 30 years. But in all that time I never used a colander to put the veges in while they soaked in salt. I used to hand squeeze the salt brine off veges and then wash the salt off then repeat. U saved me so much time. Thank u.

  8. 4 stars
    They processed nicely in the jars and look pretty but the brine seemed especially strong with the vinegar.

  9. I was looking for the recipe for the sour krout , you said you kept it in refrigerator. I was telling some ladies abut it now i cant find it..Help