Old Fashioned Sweet Pickle Relish

8 C cucumbers, chopped                             

2 C red bell peppers, chopped                 

2 C green bell peppers, chopped       

1 C onion, chopped  

1 Tbsp turmeric 

1/2 C pickling salt

1½ C brown sugar, packed                          

1 qt vinegar

1 Tbsp mustard seed

2 tsp whole cloves

2 tsp whole allspice

2 sticks cinnamon


Combine cucumbers, peppers and onions; sprinkle with turmeric.  Dissolve salt in 2 quarts cold water and pour over vegetables, let stand 3-4 hours.


Drain cover vegetables with cold water and let stand 1 hour.  Drain thoroughly.


Tie spices in a cheesecloth bag; add sugar and vinegar and heat to boiling and pour over vegetables.  Cover and let stand for 12-18 hours in a cool place.


Simmer until vegetables are hot, bring to a boil.  Pack, boiling hot into hot mason jars leaving 1/8 inch head space.  Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.