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Post Posted: Apr 25, 2020 6:54 pm 
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I don't like pickles, or pickle relish. I don't really know anything about either. But my husband likes that Vlasic sweet pickle relish and we are almost out. Since we are among those who should not leave home right now barring an emergency, I'm trying to utilize what we have here to come up with a replacement. I have a jar of Vlasic sweet baby wholes. If I grind those up in food processor, does it make pickle relish? If it doesn't, what would I need to add to make it a viable substitute? Thanks.


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I wouldn’t grind them, they’d turn to mush, I’d dice them up fine.
They’d be close to pickle relish


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And, if you happen to have some dehydrated red bell pepper flakes in the pantry, you can add them and you will have that relish--same ingredients.

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There's no such thing as a dumb pickle relish question.

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:love: I LOVE relish! (And NO it is not just cut up pickles). Most are ~1/3 prepared onion as well.

Simple fix!
That is if you have the ingredients: Do you have fresh onions? What about fresh bellpeppers (any color but red is best)?

If no fresh peppers, do you have jarred red peppers or pimentos? If not, do you have dehydrated peppers?

If your food processor (but not a blender) has a nice chop function that will work out great and make the fix faster. If not then you'll have to dice by hand.


I have not bought commercial relish is years. I make my own. I put up 12-20 jars every year. So I do not know what his fav relish tastes like, but I bet we can make something he will like.

What size jar of pickles do you have?
What type of peppers do you have?
What type of onion do you have?

Let me know what you have to work with and then we'll go from there.


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I agree with JMiller.


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I’m sure depending on what you’ve got and how inclined you are, with Cooks inspiration you could create a masterful relish.


If you’re attempting to mimic what your hubby likes here’s what’s in Vlasic sweet relish, I know this because I found a third of an open jar on the door of my fridge.

Cucumbers, high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, spice, xanthan gum, sodium benzote, alum, dehydrated red pepper, natural flavor, polysorbate 80, yellow 5.

So look at your jar of sweet baby wholes and what they’re swimming in and take it from there.


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Cucumbers, high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, spice, xanthan gum, sodium benzote, alum, dehydrated red pepper, natural flavor, polysorbate 80, yellow 5.


:yikes: O M G are those really the ingredients? :yikes:
So glad I make my own.

If those are the ingredients and the way your husband uses relish is just to spoon some on a burger. Then chopped up pickles might be good enough.


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Its a 16oz jar of the Vlasic sweet baby wholes. The ingredients are really similar to that of the Vlasic sweet pickle relish, minus red pepper and xanthum gum (which I have). I have about 2 tbls of fresh red pepper, lots of frozen red and orange pepper and some roasted red and orange pepper. I have crushed red pepper flakes and I have fresh onion.

My husband isn't very picky, never complains, and he'd probably be happy with anything close. The main thing he uses it for is to go on top of canned salmon or tuna because he doesn't care for fish much and the pickle relish drowns out the smell of the fish (which is most of the issue with fish for him). Since I try to get him to eat some fish, and we are limited right now, canned fish with pickle relish is the best option.

I have a small food processor with the blades pictured below along with the normal chopping blade.

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This wasn't the question but yes pickle relish is a vegetable! LOL!


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This wasn't the question but yes pickle relish is a vegetable! LOL!



if you put red pepper in it its two vegetables.


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I use relish many different ways. But that includes with tuna (and other fish) And for the same reasons.

First I'd do a small test run.
Take a couple of the pickles and chop them up in short pulses with which ever blade gives you the most uniformed dice. I use a blade similar to your top one. Add a tiny bit of the pickle juice if needed. Or if you hate to clean the food processor then dice up the pickles with a knife.

Then place in a bowl and stir in a little bit of the red pepper. Defrosted frozen would actually work better then the fresh! Add enough to make it look similar to your jarred relish.

See if he likes it! That may be good enough and you are ready to make more!

If you want to try a bit of onion. Dice about 1/8 to 1/4 of the volume of the chopped pickle and stir that in. See if he prefers that or not.

If you are making more than can be eaten in one day you'll need to prepare the onion to allow the relish to keep in the frig w/o making the relish go bad.

The onion flavor will be milder after prepped so you can use more onion. But I'd say no more than about 1/3 of the volume of your chopped pickles.
Place the chopped onion in a strainer and rinse for a few seconds. Let it drain for a couple of minutes. Then place the chopped onion in a bowl, add some water just enough to cover and add a couple of dashes of salt and a couple of ice cubes. Place in the frig for 60-90 minutes. Drain the juices off, and give onions a quick rinse and again let it drain for a few minutes. Add onions to the chopped pickles. Best stored in a glass jar.


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