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!


  1. Julie Harward said...:

    YUM..this looks so good to me! I love old recipes, so good. And yes to the county fairs we do it up big here and it is so much fun! :D

  1. Kim said...:

    The best of luck, Gail. I always enjoy looking at the quilts at the fair. I hope there's another blue ribbon in your future :).

  1. I was also in 4-H and I am entering my 16th year of 4-H with my kids. We have also entered jams and jellies. It is a great tradition. Keep us posted on your ribbons.

  1. Oh how I'd love to have a blue ribbon! Honestly, I would frame it in my kitchen, best of luck!
    I'm having a patriotic give-away, stop over if you'd like to.

  1. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing and linking to TMTT.

  1. Kristen said...:

    I have never had a fruit relish. It sounds really tasty. Good luck with your fair entrants. I have always been too chicken to enter, though I love to browse through the food sections and see what braver people than me have entered.

  1. Gail,
    I love the idea of this post! What fun. Here in Pa, I am a state certified judge. This year I am judging some local fair queen contests. I love meeting all the wonderful young ladies. Judging food is my favorite! I was the Hershey Chocolate Cake State judge for 4 years. That was the most wonderful job! But now they use professional chefs. If I could only bake!

    YOur recipe sounds marvelous. I may have to try this. Doesn't the vinegar in it sound interesting. What do you use it on?

  1. Mimi said...:

    I love old recipes. Home arts are such a fun part of the county fair. I have a few blue ribbons from past fair entries, but time got away from me this year so I'll just enjoy what everyone else entered.

  1. Yvonne...I use it just like jam and the vinegar is in such a small quanity, that you really don't even taste it, but you know *something* is there. Another thing I love to do with this relish is use it as filling for my jammie cookies (this recipe is listed back in December 2009) or mini tarts. Cut out pie crust with a scalloed cookie cutter, put into muffin tin so that there is a small side wall formed and bake until browned. Cool completely and fill with relish and top with a sprig of mint or (and) a dollop of whipped cream. Very yummy!

  1. Brenda said...:

    I've never had a relish with strawberries, but this looks really yummy.

  1. Oh my this sounds wonderful~I will have to give it a try. I made cherry jelly last week. We love homemade jams and jelly at our house.

    Have a wonderful day!

  1. Gail said...:

    YUMMY...after reading your post I'm hungry now! I've never entered anything in our county fair but my Mom sure did years ago. I remember her winning ribbons and she would frame them. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and have a wonderful day.

  1. I never thought about putting those kinds of spices with strawberries, but it sounds just delicious!!

  1. cindy said...:

    good luck, my friend!

  1. Barbara said...:

    That sounds great, I never have had that so wondering what exactly it taste like, thanks for sharing your recipe I make some next season. Hugs

  1. Jacqueline said...:

    I just made my first ever batch of strawberry jam from berries from my garden. Usually we only eat them and don't get enough to make jam with. This year they were small and pitiful, but bountiful. I have never had such good jam in my life, so sweet. If I get any more, I would love to try this. I had to follow your post on the heirloom tomatoes. It made my mouth water more than the strawberries (if you can believe it). I watch my tomatoes every day and can't wait for the first one. Thanks for great ideas.

  1. Cathy said...:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, Gail. I can imagine that the spices and tiny bit of vinegar bring out the flavor of the berries. Strawberries are still in season here and I'm looking forward to trying this recipe.

  1. Great recipe and yes, my daughters and I (years ago) entered many an item in the local fair. It was such fun to do so and then hope for a blue ribbon or two. We did win a few for different items, mostly needlepoint and knitting, but also goats for 4-H! Wonderful memories!!!

  1. MyJourneyBack said...:

    yummy. Looks good thanks for sharing. I will definately have to find my sons photo's and post them. He had amazing tomato's last year. And my grandson at 6 won blue ribbons for wildflower arrangements! Thanks for sharing this it was fun.
    Have a Blessed Thursday,

  1. Rettabug said...:

    Congratulations, Gail, on your blue ribbon win! I would love to try this recipe & I thank you for sharing it with us.

    I loved your little tea cup photos too. I never hesitate to buy things on sale in numbers of 3. The way I figure it, I'll have an extra on hand that I can replace a broken one, should that happen. I often find others, also in sets of three, then I have 6 to mix & match!! Never pass up a bargain. you cups are GORGEOUS & so are those darling spoons.

  1. Our county fair is in October. I've entered baked goods a couple of times, but my friend and I always enter the table setting and Christmas tree exhibits. We have so much fun working together and crafting together projects for both of these categories. So fun to see others doing it too. My friend often enters relishes too. She's really good.

  1. Diann said...:

    Oh, this looks wonderful! I am going to have to try out this recipe!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

  1. Beth said...:

    Hi Gail, This post brought back memories of when I entered things at the county and state fairs. Two years ago I entered a scrapbooking page and won a red. You post some great recipes! I wanted to let you know I made your hot chicken salad last week and we LOVED it! thanks so much, Gail and best of luck at the fair this year! Hugs, Beth

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