Old-fashioned Apple Relish Recipe

apple relishSince I love to try interesting meat toppers and relishes, I was excited to see a hundred-year-old Apple Relish recipe in a 1915 Ladies Home Journal.

This recipe is a winner. The Apple Relish was easy to make, and is one of the best tasting relishes I’ve ever eaten. Its sweet-sour, spicy, fruitiness perfectly complements grilled or roasted beef or pork.

Apple Relish

7 cups  apples, peeled and chopped

2 cup raisins

1 cup vinegar

3 1/2 cups sugar

1 orange, peeled and chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large pan. Bring to a boil, then stir occasionally and boil steadily for half an hour.

Ladle into hot half-pint or pint jars. Wipe jar rim, and adjust lids. Process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

Makes approximately 8 half-pints (4 pints)

Adapted from Recipe in Ladies Home Journal (September, 1915)

25 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Apple Relish Recipe

  1. Apple stuffed pork loin is a favorite, and baked butterflied chops with onion and apple are a fall favorite. This is clearly in the same family, and I’m eager to try it (though I’ll cut the recipe — easily enough done).

    1. mmm. . . I’m getting hungry just reading the list of your fall pork and apple favorites. It would be easy to cut the recipe–and then, depending upon how fast you plan to eat the relish, you may not even need to can it.

    1. We have two apple trees in are yard, so I’m always looking for good apple recipes. I make apple sauce, stewed apples, apple crisp, apple pie, apple dumplings, waldorf salad. . . . . Thank goodness my husband and I love apples. 🙂

  2. My husband would love this! Me? Not so much–I’m not a fan of raisins in other food. Hmmm . . . but if we left out the raisins I bet it would still be good!!

    1. Yes, I bet it would be good without the raisins. Recipes that included dried fruits (raisins, prunes, dates, figs, etc.) as an ingredient were very popular a hundred years ago. I think it was difficult to transport many fresh fruits long distances back then, but that transportation systems were modern enough to transport dried fruits long distances.

  3. Sounds oh so delish!Would this also be considered chutney? I had a friend in Arizona that made ‘chutney’ every fall and gave as gifts during the holidays. This looks like a winner…yummy on pork chops!

    1. In my opinion, it probably could be considered a chutney. It seems like the names of some food differ across geographic regions and time.

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