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Zucchini Relish

Easy Zucchini Relish Lazuli Farms

Every August, I find ourselves flush with an abundance of zucchini in the garden!  Usually way too many for us to eat ourselves.  Then I remember just tossing in those few extra zucchini seeds back in the spring just because we had them!  You'd think I would learn after my years of planting a garden that only a handful of zucchini plants will produce more than enough for us!

Despite the abundance, I am always thankful to have zucchini to shred & freeze for winter zucchini chocolate loaf, muffins, and cake.  And to have zucchini to make a batch of our favorite zucchini relish!

This year we included a jar of our favorite zucchini relish in the September edition of the Charcuterie Experience kits!  This relish is yummy paired with cheeses, breads, and meats for a charcuterie spread.  It's also our favorite thing to spread on a sausage dog (we love farmer sausage, rosemary garlic sausage, or a jalapeno smokie).

I am a picky eater and don't love zucchini on it's own (like in a stirfry or as a side dish) but I don love how the zucchini turns out in this preserve!

This recipe has been adapted from the original Bernardin recipe I had in an older edition of the Bernardin preserving cookbook (found on Amazon here).

Zucchini Relish Recipe


  • 12 cups grated zucchini
  • 4 cups diced onions (white or yellow)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup coarse or pickling salt (non-iodized)
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons prepared horseradish


In a large metal or glass bowl, combine zucchini, onion, peppers, and salt.  Stir to combine.  Cover and let stand 12 hours on the counter (in a cool area).

Drain and rinse vegetables, pressing out excess moisture.

Place vegetables in a large stainless steel saucepan and add the sugar, spices, vinegar, and horseradish.  Bring mixture to a boil, then turn down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes until thickened.

Meanwhile, prepare 6 x 500 mL canning jars by placing clean jars in a hot water bath canner and bringing to a simmer.  Place the rings and seals in a separate saucepan covered with water.  Heat (not boil) the rings and seals.

Remove one glass jar from the water bath and fill with zucchini mixture up to a 1/2 inch from the top.  Using a non-metallic utensil like the opposite end of a wooden spoon or spatula), remove air bubbles.  Wipe the rim of the jar to remove any residue.  Top with a seal and screw on the lid to fingertip tight.  Repeat with each jar.

Place the jars into the canner and bring water to a boil.  Boil the filled jars for 15 minutes.  Remove each jar from the canner without tilting the jars.  Place on a wire rack, tea towel, or wood cutting board.  Allow to cool in same spot for 24 hours.

Remove the rings to store the zucchini relish.  Label & store in a cool, dark place.


Kylie Zucchini Relish

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