I have an abundance of onions, cucumbers and tomatoes in my garden now. After searching for a way to use them, I found a great recipe for a sandwich spread in my copy of Amish Country Cookbook, Vol I . It relates to our German heritage as it contains prepared mustard in addition to the vegetables. Easy to prepare and preserve for future use. One of Life’s Simple Pleasures is preserving the fruit of your labors to enjoy all year long.
6 large onions
6 large cucumbers
6 large sweet peppers ( I used frozen peppers from last year)
12 green tomatoes (I used tomatoes on the turn)
1 pint white vinegar
1 pint water
5 cups sugar
3 Tblsp salt
1 pint prepared mustard
5 Tblsp flour
1 Tblsp tumeric
2 Tblsp celery seed
Grind/grate the vegetables fine. Let stand for 1 hour, then drain. Boil vegetables, sugar, salt, and vinegar for 15 minutes. Add water to 5 Tblsp flour and stir to dissolve. Add to vegetable mixture along with tumeric, celery seeds and prepared mustard. Boil until thickened. Hot pack into sterilized jars and hot water bath: pints 15 minutes; quarts 20 minutes. Cool undisturbed for 24 hours. Check seals. Label contents and date. Store in cool place. Makes approximately 6-7 quarts.
Use as a condiment for hamburgers, hotdogs, lunch meat, chicken, pork, or all by itself with butter or cheese. I think the uses are endless for the creative mind.