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Taste test: Dill relish

Serving size One tablespoon One tablespoon One tablespoon
Calories 0 0 0
Fat/Fiber 0g / 0g 0g / 0g 0g /0xg
Sugars/Sodium 0g / 220mg 0g / 160mg 0g / 230mg
Carbs/Protein 0g / 0g 0g / 0g 0g / 0g

When it comes to relish on burgers or hot dogs, our panelists prefer a dill blend without the added sweetness of corn syrup included in some varieties. Our judges sampled six brands of dill relish and decided they want a little crunch, a little salt and a little kick in the relish they use to garnish burgers and dogs at their summer gatherings.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


(out of 100)
Winn-Dixie 71Mt. Olive 66Heinz 44

Panelists liked the inviting look of this relish as well as its texture. It was chunky enough to crunch, but smooth enough to spread. "It looks just the way relish is supposed to," said one judge, adding, "I hope this is the brand I have been buying." This relish had the most bite, judges said. One judge liked the "real pickle flavor" of the relish, with that extra-tart taste. "Bring on the Chicago dog," he said.Judges described this popular relish brand as "bright and happy." They said the sharp flavor was balanced by a very fresh taste. "This is classic," said one panelist. Another liked the chop of the condiment. "I relish this relish," he said. "It would be great with a turkey or chicken sausage and with pigs in a blanket, too."This brand had a jellylike texture and a salty flavor. One panelist described it as "pickle pate." He said, "It's nice and tart but it is chopped so finely that it could be unmanageable on a burger." He suggested the brand might be better for deviled eggs. This relish came in a convenient squirt bottle, which might have contributed to the smooth texture.

they buy?
Three of the four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$1.29 for a 10-ounce bottle.$1.59 for an 8-ounce jar

from Sweetbay.
$1.28 for a 12.8-ounce bottle

from Walmart.

Also Sampled: Vlasic (98 cents for a 10-ounce jar from Walmart, 37 points); Wickles ($3.49 for a 16-ounce jar from Sweetbay, 26 points); and Famous Dave's Signature Spicy Relish ($2.29 for a 16-ounce jar from Target, 40 points).

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute in St. Petersburg; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Wayne Conery, manager of the R Bar in Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

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Taste test: Dill relish 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:30am]
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