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    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 6th Apr 18, 12:28 PM
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    Alternative uses for picalilli??
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    • 6th Apr 18, 12:28 PM
    Alternative uses for picalilli?? 6th Apr 18 at 12:28 PM
    Hi Wonderful OSers,

    My MIL generously gave DH a jar of hm picalilli, which I've never pretended to like and he's recently admitted he isn't too keen on. It's quite chunky, so there's a possibility we could put some through the food processor and make it better for his sandwiches, but does anyone have any other ideas for using it up? Could it go in a curry in small quantities?

    Have tried googling but just came up with recipes to make more of the stuff!

    TIA
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 7th Apr 18, 6:45 PM
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    I remember years ago you could buy bottles of piccalilli sauce (without the chunks of veggies) and I'm guessing you could maybe make something similar by whizzing it all up in your food processor/liquidiser or with a hand blender until smooth. You'd then have a sauce for cold meats (eg ham), sandwiches, snacks (eg pork pie, sausage roll) or even on chips.

    Other suggestions: Mixed with mayo for a kind of mustard-mayo. Or added to a white sauce for fish. It probably could go in curry too.

    If you don't like it at all and DH isn't too keen, you've nothing to lose by giving it a try.
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 7th Apr 18, 8:42 PM
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    Compost bin? Life's too short.
    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 8th Apr 18, 10:10 AM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 10:10 AM
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    Thanks YorksLass. Will have a go at whizzing it up and mixing with mayo. I'm veggie, so it'll take a while for DH to get through it with the cold meats, but hopefully it being smoother will help.

    Tried some (rinsed) in curry last night - was okay until one bit, which had definitely retained the mustardy flavour - yuck!

    Slinky - as a last resort I will compost it, but I really don't like wasting food!
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 8th Apr 18, 3:31 PM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 3:31 PM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 3:31 PM
    Mmm, if that mustard taste has permeated the veggies then they might be beyond rescue. The sauce, however, could be calmed down by adding a little bit of cream, creme fraiche, plain yogurt - take your pick. Another use might be to mix the sauce with some honey to use as a glaze for roasted gammon.

    I too hate wasting food and definitely don't shy away from experimenting - sometimes you win, sometimes you lose!
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    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 9th Apr 18, 8:48 AM
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    Brilliant ideas YorksLass - thanks so much!
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 9th Apr 18, 10:27 AM
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    • 9th Apr 18, 10:27 AM
    There has to be a balance between wasting food you don't like, and wasting more food you do like trying to get something edible out of the combination.
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 9th Apr 18, 11:35 AM
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    Could you spread a bit in a veggie burger (i.e. pickle+mustard) with a bit of ketchup?

    I also read online that someone used it in a sweet and sour dish...worth a punt. Otherwise, send it my way! I eat neither cheese nor ham but could eat piccalilli with a spoon!
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    • Marmaduke123
    • By Marmaduke123 9th Apr 18, 11:36 AM
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    Just give it to someone who likes piccalilli!
    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 9th Apr 18, 11:44 AM
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    Thanks all for your comments.

    Slinky - yes, I agree, but the suggestions from YorksLass don't need to involve wasting anything as long as some judicious tasting happens before chucking lots of it in a dish.

    M&M90 - I like the idea of having it as relish in a burger (once I've pureed it). That might work

    Marmaduke... not sure I know anyone apart from the FIL (and that might raise some awkward questions!). Pretty sure it's not even MIL's thing, I think it's even possible that a 'well-meaning' neighbour gave her the ingredients to make it as 'she has a big family who would like it'.

    I've got loads of ideas now... will have to investigate!
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    • Bellisima
    • By Bellisima 11th Apr 18, 2:25 PM
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    Oh dear, I would bin it along with any jars of marmite! Cannot bear either. Im not sure the worms in the compost bin would want it either lol :-)
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    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 11th Apr 18, 3:18 PM
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    I love piccalilli!

    A couple of ideas for those not quite so fond of the delicacy...

    Pop some into a in a food processor, add some chick peas (the tinned sort, well drained, and a wee slug of olive oil...whiz up, adding a little flour if the mix is too wet...form into small balls and bake for a falafelly type of snack.

    Again in a processor, whizz up some piccalilli, add some finally chopped ham and use it as a filling for toasted sarnies.

    Or...add a couple of heaped spponsful to homemade veg soup.....just be careful with adding extra seasoning
    • caroc
    • By caroc 11th Apr 18, 4:10 PM
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    Its nothing short of a moral dilema. If she made it and you pretend you like it, she is going to give you more. If you say you don't like it she might be offended. Does yr OH's mum not know if he likes piccalilli or did she ask if he does? Does she take offense easily ? I love piccalilli,and condiments but I frequently get toiletries from MIL for xmas/birthday which I always give away because I want to choosewhat I use and not be imposed upon by someone else's choices.
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    • svtoen
    • By svtoen 11th Apr 18, 4:11 PM
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    Donate via Olio app.

    Or add it to soup before you liquidise it. (I often add a bit of vinegar to homemade soups to add a bit of 'bite").
    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 12th Apr 18, 12:55 PM
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    Thanks all!

    Caroc - I'm not sure it's too much of a moral dilemma, if we say no more, that'll be fine. It's not a regular thing that she makes (I'm not sure why she made it, perhaps a surfeit of allotment veg that had been given to her), so we'll be okay in future.

    DH thought he liked it, so accepted the offered jar. Having just spent ages trying to get everything we already owned into fewer cupboards in our new kitchen, I was less than impressed to have to find house room for a large jar of something I don't like! :roftl:
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 12th Apr 18, 6:13 PM
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    Do let us know how you get on with it, I'd hate not to know the end of this story now!
    • panagia
    • By panagia 13th Apr 18, 5:03 PM
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    I'm not keen on piccalilli either, but anything mustardy would probably go well in a curry.
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