Yes, we are here!

At FERMENTATION and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-978-7464 or by email. Stay safe!

Fermented Sweet Pickle Relish Recipe

Ditch the processed sugars typically found in sweet relish and make your own at home with cucumber, whey, raw apple cider and raw honey.

| May 2019

Photo by Hayley Barisa Ryczek 

Sweet pickle relish is also a favorite, and it’s so easy to make — just toss together the ingredients, cover, and allow the good bacteria to work their magic.

Equipment You'll Need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • 1 glass quart (946 ml) jar with lid
  • Weight or smaller glass jar
  • Cheesecloth or cotton fabric square
  • Rubber band or string

Photo by Hayley Barisa Ryczek


  • 3 cups (405 g) finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (170 g) raw honey
  • 1/2 cup (60 ml) raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) whey or brine from a vegetable ferment
  • 1 tablespoon (11 g) mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Photo by Hayley Barisa Ryczek


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cucumber, red bell pepper, onion, and salt. Place the mixture in a quart (950 ml) jar and press to remove any air bubbles.
  2. In the same bowl, combine the honey, vinegar, Whey, mustard seeds, and turmeric and pour the liquid into the jar. Place a weight (such as a smaller glass jar) inside the jar to ensure the relish is fully submerged under the liquid.
  3. Cover the top of the jar with cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band or string. Ferment at room temperature (roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees Celsius) for 3 days. Cover with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator overnight for the flavors to combine. The relish will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

NOTE: If your ambient home temperature is colder than 68 degrees F (20 degrees C), create a warm fermentation station.

YIELD: About 3 cups (735 g)



May 16-17, 2020
Nashville, Tennessee

EVENT UPDATE: Unfortunately, we've had to postpone our Tennessee FAIR to 2021 due to COVID-19.


Become a Charter Member Today!


Discover how easy crafting your own money-saving fermented masterpieces can be. 

Become a member today and save as much as 25% off the newsstand price! Get a one-year membership for only $29.95!

As a member of the Fermentation community, you’ll also receive a passport to an array of added benefits specifically catered to food enthusiasts. It all starts with your quarterly magazine package – four handsome premium issues a year that you can confidently reference in the kitchen and proudly display on the coffee table.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Informationfermentation

click me