Oscar Relish


Quantity: 6 pints

Jar size: Pints


8 cups chopped fresh peaches (about 12 large)
8 cups chopped ripe tomatoes (about 12)
2 cups diced green sweet peppers (2 large)
1 tablespoon red hot pepper, ground (1 pepper)
2 cups ground onions (about 6)
4 cups light brown sugar (firmly packed)
2 cups cider vinegar (5%)
1½ teaspoons canning or pickling salt
4 tablespoons pickling spice, tied in cheesecloth bag


1. Wash and rinse canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare lids according to manufacturer’s directions.

2. Peel and pit peaches. Chop into small pieces.

3. Peel and chop tomatoes into ½ inch pieces.

4. Remove stem and seeds from peppers and dice into ¼ inch pieces.

5. Peel onions and process in food chopper.

6. Process red hot peppers in food chopper.

7. Combine all ingredients in 10 quart saucepan. Cook and stir about 1½ to 2 hours, until it reaches desired thickness.

8. Pack in hot jars, leaving ½ inch headspace.

9. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel; adjust two-piece metal canning lids.

10. Process jars immediately in a Boiling Water Canner according to the recommendations. Let cool, undisturbed, 12-24 hours and check for seals.

Variation - Use two small hot peppers if you like a hotter relish. For milder relish, substitute Tabasco to taste (½ to 1 teaspoon) for the peppers.

Processing time:

Processing Times for Boiling Water Canner



Process Times at Altitudes of:

Style of Pack

Jar Size

0-1000 ft

1001-6000 ft

Above 6000 ft



10 min

15 min

20 min


Source: So Easy to Preserve, 4th ed. 1999