Sunday, September 14, 2008

That time of the year --mucho zucchini!

Found quite a few zucchinis in my garden the other day & decided I'd better start using some of them. Yesterday I made 2 loaves of chocolate zucchini bread and 24 zucchini muffins with dried craberries and chocolate chips....yum! Today I thought I'd make some zucchini relish.
Started out at 7 am--chopping all the ingredients--red & green pepper, onion and zucchini. Sprinkle with 2T. of canning salt and cover with water & then let it sit for 2 hrs. This draws the water out of the zucchini.
The mixture sitting for awhile.
My steam canner getting ready. This method isn't FDA approved but is much faster that boiling water bath. I only do jams & pickled things using this method & have never had a problem.
made a small batch recipe--only made 4 1/2 pints each recipe--here's the jars & canning funnel waiting on the relish.
the relish cooking
And the finished product. Still have a bunch of zucchinis left & I will be putting it in practically everything I cook! And I'll shred & chop a bunch & freeze it. Will last through the winter, but that's a good thing .


Beck said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Chocolate Zucchini Bread! That's my kind of zucchini! The relish looks wonderful too. I'm feeling a little lazy sitting here on my couch!

couzin frank said...

The relish looks great wish I had some for my peas.Must say I've never heard of Zucchini bread...looks good.

Jamqueen said...

Beck--it is yummy, but I really like the muffins with the choc. chips better--it can be made as a bread also. I did it early in the day so I could be lazy after!
Frank--i use the relish on meat mostly, never thought of on veggies.
Ask anyone that grows zucchini of all the ways they use it!

Anonymous said...

Cuz Frank has never heard of zucchini bread? He must have never grown zucchini.

That relish looks tasty and so colorful. Yum!

Jamqueen said...

Jackie--I agree! I always get way to many!
Beck--So much for being lazy --I ended up spending 2 hours stacking firewood! The guy we get ours from decide to come this afternoon--we had old stuff to move before he came....