Ian Lai conducted another food preservation workshop at the Garratt Wellness Center organised by the Richmond Food Security Society. For this workshop, Ian decided to make a Mixed Vegetable Relish from the glut of vegetables he got from the Richmond Sharing Farm.
The vegetables includes zucchini, squash, chard and carrot.
We managed to can 14 x 1 liter jars of the Mixed Vegetable Relish for the food bank. This Mixed Vegetable Relish can be used to make a vegetable lasagna or making it into a soup by adding stock and your favourite grain.
- tomato paste
- can dice tomato
- assorted chili pepper (Nanami Togarashi), a Japanese spice mix which is available from Fujiya Japanese store. Ian jokingly said that this is his favourite spice mix for 2010.
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Ian does not provide a specific measurement for this recipe. In fact, Ian told us that he cooks by feel and he is a not a strict recipe follower.
Source: Ian Lai
Yields 14 x 1 liter jars.
Sterilize jars in boiling water, soak lids and rings in boiled water for 5 minutes.
Peel and chop carrots small. You may just scrub the carrots to retain the nutrition on the skin.
Peel and chop onions small.
Derib chard, chop ribs and leaves, keep separate as they need to be cooked separately.
Core zucchini and squash, cut into medium dice. The core can be spongy and seeds are not good. They are cut medium dice because they cook fast and this way they will retain their shape after cooking.
Cook onions, carrots, zucchini, squash, chard ribs and chard leaves separately with some olive oil and season with salt. Ian told us that it’s important to season the vegetables as you cook and not at the end as the vegetables will taste better this way. The vegetables are cooked separately because each require different amount of time to cook. You do not want to cook them together as some will be overcooked while the other undercooked.
Combine the cooked vegetables and stir to mix.
Prepare the sauce by combining the dice tomatoes and tomato paste. Use a bit of water to rinse out the tomato paste can and add the liquids to the sauce which helps to thin out the sauce a bit.
Season the sauce with spice mix and salt. You may flavour the sauce with fennel seeds, dill seeds or even the stem from basil.
Combine the cooked vegetables with the sauce and season with more salt and spices if needed.
You may now fill the jar with the relish, tap it to get rid of bubbles and make sure it is packed leaving 1 inch of head space, wipe the rim, center snap the lid, screw on the ring until finger tip tightness, place the can into the canning jar with boiling water making sure the water is at least 1 inch above the jars, cover and bring to a boil and cooked for 30 minutes for 1 liter jar. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store. Make sure that the jars pop after cooling and the lid is concave for a proper seal.
Ian, thank you for another great workshop.