Hello again. Before I launch into a post about the delights of homemade corn relish, I just want to say that I'm thinking of those of you living in the U.K. who are going through a time of instability right now. It must be very hard seeing the violence and destruction happening in your beautiful country and I hope that a peaceful resolution is found soon.
We love corn relish in our house especially in toasted cheese sandwiches with the cheese oozing out the sides. It's pretty darn good with corned beef too. A couple of years ago I figured there must be a recipe out there for homemade corn relish and sure enough I found one. I've made a few adjustments to the original recipe and this is what works for me.
1kg corn kernels, (I use frozen)
1 red capsicum (pepper), de-seeded and chopped finely
2 onions, peeled and chopped finely
3 celery sticks (ribs), chopped finely
1/4 cup salt
2 cups white sugar (I use castor sugar, it's what's in my pantry)
2 cups white or apple cider vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar)
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons cornflour
1. In a large bowl, mix the corn, capsicum, celery and salt and leave for at least two hours. Drain in a colander.
2. Place the sugar, vinegar, drained vegetables, mustard and turmeric in a large saucepan. Bing to the boil and cook over a medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Stir regularly.
3. If the mixture is still a little runny (mine always is), thicken with a paste of 2 teaspoons of cornflour and about a tablespoon of extra vinegar. Stir well into relish and cook for another few minutes.
4. While the relish is still warm, spoon into hot sterilised jars and seal.
I made 5 jars from the above recipe.
Look at all those corn kernels in there. Commercial bought corn relishes are really stingy with their corn and you are lucky if you find 10 in a jar. As for the red capsicum, hardly a piece of red to be seen. I exaggerate of course, but you know what I mean. If you are going to eat corn relish, you want to eat corn relish, not a flavoured and yellow coloured slop.
One last photo for you today. Here is Sophie waiting hopefully in the kitchen for a tit bit or crumb. Labradors are insatiable when it comes to food. She even got into the chook house the other day and ate their wheat. Naughty dog!
Have a lovely day everyone,