Christmas Relish: Date Added: 11 Nov 2009 Ingredients:

8 medium white onions -- chopped
6 large green bell peppers -- seeded, chopped
6 large red bell peppers -- seeded, chopped
5 cups cider vinegar -- divided
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon coarse salt

Cooking Instructions:

To cook vegetables: In a large kettle, combine chopped onions and peppers, add 4 cups boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes, stirring once.

Drain the vegetables and return to the kettle with 2 cups vinegar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Drain again and return vegetables to the kettle. To make sauce: In a saucepan, combine 3 cups vinegar with 4 1/2 cups sugar and the salt. Heat gently, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. To combine:

Pour this over the vegetables. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes until the syrup is slightly thickened and the vegetables are tender but have not lost their crispness.

To process: Pour into sterilized canning jars, filling to within 1/4-inch of the tops. Wipe rims with a dampened towel and seal the jars. Process in a boiling-water bath (water 2 inches above the jar tops) for 10 minutes.

Remove the jars to cool and store in a cool dry place.

This recipe yields 7 pints.

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