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Homemade Onion and Pepper Relish

I love Harry & David’s Onion Pepper Relish mixed with cream cheese. It makes the most delicious and quick dip.  I thought a little homemade jar of this would make a yummy gift that would be handy for friends to have on hand for holiday entertaining.

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Onion and Pepper Relish

5 –  14.5 oz. cans chopped tomatoes (drained)

6 bell peppers (seeds and ribs removed) (I used two each of red, yellow and green)

6 cups sugar

2 Tablespoons salt

1 – 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (I used 1 1/2 tsp)

6 jalapeno peppers with seeds and ribs removed (a spoon does this easily)

3 medium onions

2 cups white vinegar

2 small boxes powered pectin (1.75 oz)

First chop all vegetables. It goes together very easily once all the chopping is done. To make this quicker I used a food processor.

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Mix everything together, except the pectin, in a large pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer about 1 hour. Add in the  pectin and boil for 1 minute.

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Pour relish into hot sterilized half pint jars, leaving about 1/2 inch head room. I needed 13 half pint jars.

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Place lids and rings on jars. Process jars by placing them in a large pot of water. Water level should be an inch over jars. Boil for 15 minutes.  Carefully remove jars from water and allow to cool. You know jars are sealed when there is no give in the lid.

I plan to attach a tag to mine that says, “For an easy dip, mix jar contents with 2 – 8 oz packages of cream cheese and serve with corn chip scoopers.”

Enjoy!

If you are looking for more ideas on handmade gift giving, take a moment to browse through the Handmade Gift Guide.

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