Old-Fashioned Sweet Corn Relish Recipe

Preserve your sweet corn with this easy old-fashioned corn relish recipe.

Fall 2015

  • Homemade Corn Relish
    In no time at all, you can turn fresh sweet corn into a delicious relish.
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  • Homemade Corn Relish

Yield: 10 pints

There are not many things more satisfying to farmers and gardeners alike than a kitchen pantry full of home-canned fruits and vegetables. By skipping the grocery store and using your own homegrown harvest you are not only saving money, but you are using a healthy alternative to store-bought, factory-canned ingredients. Make use of your summer’s bounty with this set of canning recipes from Capper’s Farmer.


• 16 ears fresh sweet corn, husked and stripped of silk
• 4 cups finely diced celery
• 4 cups finely diced sweet green pepper
• 4 cups finely diced sweet red pepper
• 1 cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
• 4 cups cider vinegar
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons salt
• 2 tablespoons celery seed
• 4 tablespoons flour
• 2 tablespoons powdered mustard
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1/3 cup cold water


1. Boil ears of corn for 10 minutes in unsalted water; drain. Place ears in ice water, and let soak until cool enough to handle.

2. Remove corn from water and cut the kernels from the cobs using a sharp knife. (TIP: It’s easiest to hold the cob at a slight angle to the cutting board, then cut straight down the rows of kernels, doing about 3 rows at a time.) Don’t scrape the cobs; you want whole kernels only, not the pulp. Measure and reserve 8 cups of kernels.

3. Wash and rinse jars and closures; keep them immersed in a pan of simmering water until needed. 

4. In a large kettle, combine celery, green and red peppers, onion, vinegar, sugar, salt and celery seed. Bring mixture to a boil, and boil gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Set aside.

5. Blend flour with mustard and turmeric, then mix with cold water to form a paste. Ladle a little of the hot liquid into the paste, stirring rapidly to blend, until smooth. 

6. Stir the paste into the celery mixture, and bring to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add corn. Cover and boil for an additional 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.

7. Using a wide-mouthed funnel, immediately pack relish into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. 

8. Wipe jar rims, add lids, and screw bands on firmly. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

9. Let relish mellow for at least 3 weeks before serving.

Want more home-canning recipes?  Read Preserving and Canning Recipes for Garden Produce to get the most out of your harvest this year.