I really don’t like having a bunch of jars and bottles in the fridge that only have one limited use and take up space. Enter the versatile, money-saving, $1.49* jar of hot dog relish!
*Your cost may vary.
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*Updated January 2017
Homegrown and homemade
I use the relish pictured – jars and jars made from the English cucumber plants from my garden. My only cost was the $1.00 for the package of seeds (I only used 3 of those seeds, and will save the rest for next year), a few onions, some spices and $1.09 for a bottle of apple cider vinegar.
This summer, I canned 24 half-pint jars of relish.
Why do I make so much? Because I use it over and over again all year, and I rarely eat hot dogs!
Hot dog relish is versatile!
- Toss a few tablespoons of relish into macaroni and tuna salad. It gives it a little zing and texture.
- Make tartar sauce. Instead of having a $2.00 jar of tartar sauce sit in the fridge for months and months, I make my own on an as-needed basis. Use a small bowl like the glass custard cups pictured below. Mix a few teaspoons of mayonnaise with an equal amount of hot dog relish. That’s it!
- Instead of keeping bottles of salad dressing hanging around, I make my own when I need it. Thousand Island dressing is awesome both on salad and slathered on a hot pastrami Reuben! Make it the same way as the tartar sauce, then add ketchup a little at a time to taste. I tend to go a little heavy-handed on the ketchup. And what a saving! A bottle of Thousand Island dressing is $2.50-$3.99 at the grocery store!
- Or how about a DIY remoulade to serve with crab cakes:
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped capers
1 tablespoon hot dog relish
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
salt to taste
sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients in a glass custard cup. Cover the custard cup with the lid and refrigerate for an hour before using.
So those are a few ideas to get you thinking about cutting expenses and finding several uses for one product.
Which recipe will you try first? Is there a single produce you buy that you have found to be really versatile? Tell me below in the comments!