Fiesta Corn Relish

Fiesta Corn Relish

Fiesta Corn Relish

Fresh Corn on the Cob

Fresh Corn on the Cob


Some time during the summer, I can expect to see someone selling corn on the side of the road.




Honour System

I don’t know who the someone is because they are never there.  They leave a jar on the table to collect your payment.  Its a system that seems to work.

We bought 12 ears for $10.00.  I used 8 of them to try out a new canning recipe.

I like this recipe because they provide the option of using frozen corn instead of fresh which is handy if you can’t access fresh corn on the cob or find a good sale on frozen corn. The cookbook provided two different recipes that use a jar of the canned relish. One recipe for pasta salad and one for corn chowder.  I don’t use a lot of relish though the year so the versatility of this recipe is an added bonus. It also makes a small batch thus reducing my risk if it turns out I don’t care for it.

Fiesta Corn Relish

from The Complete Book of Year Round Small-Batch Preserving

by Ellie Topp & Margaret Howard

  • 5 to 6 large ears of fresh corn or 4 cups frozen corn
  • 1 hot yellow pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup of chopped red onion (I used a white onion fresh from the garden)
  • ½ cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pickling salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (omitted)

Cook corn in a large pot for 6 minutes. Leave to cool. When cool, cut the kernels from the cob.

Yummy sunny colours cooking in my pot.

Yummy sunny colours cooking in my pot.

While your empty jars are boiling in the canner, add corn and all other ingredients (except the cilantro) to a large, heavy pot and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.  Add cilantro (or not) and cook for another 2 minutes.

Fill jars leaving ½ inch of headspace. Add prepared lids, rings and process in a water bath canner for 15 minutes for half pint jars, making the necessary adjustments for altitude.

Yield – about 4 ½ cups.

Finished product

Finished product



3 thoughts on “Fiesta Corn Relish

  1. I love the honor system. Leave food and believe in people to be honest and pay (whatever they choose) for the product. I wish this honor system could be applied to our wonderful country.


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