Blue Ribbon Recipes ~ Strawberry Relish

Monday, June 28, 2010

Have you ever entered something into the county fair? I have! Growing up, we were 4-H kids and my kids were also 4-H kids (and have competed at State Fair level). Entering the fair is what 4-H kids do. As an adult, I still enjoy entering things into the open class competition and am thrilled to win a BLUE RIBBON! I've entered things like crocheted doilies, quilts, baked goods, jam & jellies, pickled items and garden grown goodies. County fair time is quickly approaching in Nebraska and I am scrambling to figure out what I am going to enter this year. We are very excited that our state fair has moved to a neighboring county starting this year. I thought it would be fun to have an ongoing segment for the summer on blue ribbon winning recipes. Maybe you'll find inspiration to enter something in your local fair.

Strawberry Relish

2 quarts strawberries (ripe but not overly ripe)
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
7-1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 packet liquid pectin

Combine all ingredients except pectin. Boil for 3 minutes. Stir constantly; remove from heat. Add pectin; stir and skim for 5 minutes. Pour into hot sterilized jars; seal*. Yield: 9-1/2 pints.

This recipe is from Blue Ribbon Recipes and was originally entered into the Rochester Fair by Ruth Henderson of Farmingham, NH (it is very close to the recipe below that is from an old canning booklet).

* This is an old recipe and standards now require that jams, jellies, fruit relishes, etc., be water bath processed. Here is complete directions on how to do that ~ Water bath canning.

Joining in at Lisa's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday!