what do most of you use to 'chop' veggies for relishes.

jeanwedding(6 ky)September 13, 2011

I hand chopped the 5 large zukes and peppers for the Ball Zuke relish recipe. It took for ever.

I used an old Robo processor ( predessor to Cuisnart) for the cucumbers in the Sweet Relish recipe.

But my one of two blade only "shreds it>.

I like the finely chopped look better like in commercial pickle relishes...

Thanks

Jean

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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

I use the food processor and pulse until desired size.
I like mine finely chopped too!

It's never quite as perfect as storebought in uniformity, but sure beats hand chopping into tiny pieses!

Deanna

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 3:52PM
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decemberdaisy

I use an "onion chopper". Basically it's a grate of blades that you set your veggies on and they get pushed through (and therefore finely chopped) when you push down on the lid. I made 4 batches of Annie's Salsa this summer and that chopper was indispensable.

I tried using my food processor for relish -- I just hated the way all the pieces looked. Some chopped, some shredded...not pretty at all. :) This chopper thing really worked well.

The link below is a description of the exact one I use. I got it cheaper at my local hardware store!

Here is a link that might be useful: Onion Chopper

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 4:09PM
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ottawapepper

decemberdaisy, your onion chopper looks like a great idea. Looking at it, it struck me that I may be able to use my fry press (below) for chopping onions. If it doesn't work well I may invest in your suggestion.

Until now I've been using the food processor like Deanna.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fry cutter

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 4:34PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

I don't chop for relish, I grind. Meat grinder using the coarse blade.

Dave

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 5:02PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

It depends on the relish. For a ground relish, I use my KitchenAid grinder. But chopped relishes I always do by hand. I know it's a pain but not only is the appearance much better (to me) but the veggies don't lose all the juice, which is what happens with a machine-chopped product.

Carol

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 6:15PM
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jeanwedding(6 ky)

I ended up using a thrift store old ( looks new still has box and papers between "slicers or CONES and owners manual.. it is by Foodco appliance corp. by Kitchen-Quip inc.... copyright 1961.....)
vaccums to countertop worked well did not slide etc.
i used the stringer cone It still shredded but not a whole not of juice like my old food processor did .
I like the looks of last night batches better cause i laboriously hand chopped the two big bowls....
Thanks better get back to my relishes...
Thanks
jean

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 6:50PM
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