Corn Relish Recipe

Use your garden’s vegetable and herb bounty to make this refreshing condiment that will give you a taste of summer year round

| June 2019

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  • whey starter (optional)
  • Lacto-ferment
  • Ferment at room temperature
  • Fermentation time: 3 days

This relish is worlds better than any bottled relish you can find in the grocery store. The next time you have corn on the cob (ideally, in the summer at the height of the season when local corn is at its best), cook 3 or 4 extra ears. That will give you more than enough kernels for this relish.


  • 3 cups corn kernels
  • 1 small tomato, peeled, seeded and dicked
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup whey or additional 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt


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  1. Combine the corn, tomato, onion, red bell pepper, cilantro, red pepper flakes, whey, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Pound the vegetables with a meat pounder or mallet until they release some of their juices, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pack the corn relish in two 1-pint wide-mouth canning jars.
  4. Press down firmly until the juices cover the top of the vegetables.
  5. Cover the jars tightly and let the corn relish ferment at room temperature away from direct sunlight for about 3 days.
  6. Store the corn relish in covered containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.

Makes two 1-pint jars

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