Sweet and Sour Onion Relish

Sweet and Sour Onion Relish

Preserving Method: Water-Bath-Canning

Makes about 4 (16 oz) pint jars

Instead of topping your hot dog with plain chopped onion, make it tangy with sweet and sour onion relish.

You will need

  • 5 lbs mixed yellow and sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed tsp. red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until onions are translucent and have softened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Ladle hot relish into a hot jar leaving a ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
  4. Process jars 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.

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