These days you are as likely to find a producer of delicious, high-quality relishes-or, in the same category, compotes and preserves-at your local farmers' market as you are to make them yourself. I'm all for making things from scratch, but when you can find a jar that is as good as one you would make, I'm quick to give in. However, you won't find this relish just anywhere. If I can find a way to put a piece of bacon in something, I will. This relish is a great addition to any picnic meal: in sandwiches, with the crusts cut off, or with pulled pork on soft buttery rolls. Don't forget the iced tea and salty potato chips. Now, that's my kind of afternoon.
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2. Cut the kernels off the corncobs with a sharp knife. Combine the corn, peppers, and red onions in a bowl, cover with cold water, and soak for 10 minutes to rinse out some of the starch. Drain.
3. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Add the corn, peppers, and onions and bring back to a simmer.
4. Transfer the relish to a glass jar. Add the bacon, whole or crumbled, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate. The relish will be ready to eat in 2 days, and it will keep for up to a week.