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Jun 6, 2002 08:46 AM

Bubbie's Pickles

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I got a jar of these at my supermarket. Supposedly they are famous and award winning. They smell wonderful, but I was disappointed in the texture. They weren't crisp at all. Kind of flabby? Has anyone had these? Did I get a bad batch? Thanks!

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  1. j

    You got a bad batch. Check the expiration date--they don't have a long shelf life. Their pickle relish and pickled tomatoes are wonderful, too.

    1. Do you know what kind of pickles these are? Do they have vinegar in them, or are they fermented? Are they in the refrigerator section? If you're in the NYC area, you have lots of alternatives--Schorr's and Ba-Tampte. (Maybe someone knows if Guss' Pickles is still in existence? It has a web site but no one ever seems to answer the phone.)

      I have a recipe somewhere for fermented pickles, if anyone's interested. Very easy: dump some kirby pickles into brine, add pickling spices (mustard seed, pepopercorns, crushed garlic, bay leaf, coriander seed), let ferment for about 10 days.

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      1. re: Howard-2

        I love these pickles too and they used to be sold in Grocery stores in Calif. Now I think they are more in whole food stores. I'd love to find a recipe to surprise my son (they are a favorite of his).

        Does your recipe have the murky brine, and spicy taste of Bubbies?


        Kim Mayes

        1. re: Kim Mayes

          Bubbies Pickles are still sold in loads of stores all over California, including Safeway, Albertson's, Von's, Ralph's and all sorts of smaller supermarkets and grocery stores. Outside of California, they are sold at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Fresh Fields and other "natural food" stores.

          Here's a link for more info:



      2. I just bought a jar of these tonight at Central Market in Houston. I haven't yet found the perfect bread and butter pickle so I shuddered as I paid $6.99 for a (large) jar of Bubbie's. Much to my delight they are fresh and crispy, and taste wonderful. I've found my new favorite sandwich pickle... just wish they weren't so expensive. Oh well, the best things in life AREN'T always free.

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        1. re: jim1126

          I just bought a jar of Bubbie's bread-and-butters at Earth Fare. Great, great pickles, the best I've had since my grandparents passed away. They grew their own picles and "put them up" every summer/fall. Bubbie's certainly measure up.

        2. I had the same reaction--the label looked so promising and authentic, but the pickles were soft and disappointingly lacking in flavor. I went back to my old, reliable Claussens!

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          1. re: MsMaryMc

            Exact same experience, and I even tried twice, later to return to the fail-safe Claussen.

            1. re: MsMaryMc

              This is what I sent to bubbies: I have been buying Bubbies Pure Kosher Dills for a long time. I thought they were kind of expensive, but they were so good I kept buying them. About 2 years ago, Something changed. They are never crispy like they were, did not have as much garlic flavor, and the jar did not make a popping sound when opened. Every jar in the last 2 years has been like that. What happened. tried to get jars with the newest date. It's hard to tell what the EXP date is. My last jar is EXP 05-19-10 13.56. Does that mean it can be used until then. That seams like a long time. Maybe that is the problem. When was that jar made. Thanks, Jim

            2. I tried Bubbies once, didn't really care for them. Since I was born and raised in NYC, I grew up and prefer Ba Tampte. I buy the half sours, then let them sit in the fridge for a few weeks. They're hard to find where I live (Bay Area).

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              1. re: rednails

                I had tried them a number of times but like "rednails" not too impressed.....the ones we get in CA are co-packed either in Mexico or prefered pickle supplier at the moment is Alexander Valley ( cheap but worth it....

                1. re: Pollo

                  ME TOO!
                  Alexander Valley are fresh, not bottled and taste like they came right out of a Lower East Side Pickle barrel! (so says this Brooklyn native)
                  They are the closest to the real thing that I have had in San Francisco....
                  I have found them at Whole Foods...does anyone know of any other source?

                2. re: rednails

                  Ba-Tempte Garlic Dills are the way to go! Anyone else try Bubbie's and Ba-Tempte head to head? How do they compare?

                  1. re: rednails

                    I've had half'-sour explained to me before, apparantly I'm a bit it mostly an east coast term? I don't hear it out here.

                    1. re: enbell

                      It is used in New York and it is used in Toronto. The term is quite literal. Half sour usually refers to a pickle that is fermented in a natural brine (no vinegar), but for a shorter period of time than a full sour. It is, therefore, a brighter shade of green than a full sour pickle and is, logically, less sour.

                      1. re: embee

                        Thank you :) I guess, because normal "referigeraotr dills" to me aren't sour I was confusing myself. I'll start looking on the list of ingredients and let the inclusion/exclusion of vinegar be my guide. I think you've tried to explain theis to me before, thanks for you're patience and givving me a round 2!

                        1. re: enbell

                          To me, Half Sours are a misnomer. They always taste like Eighth Sours. Or maybe even Sixteenth Sours. Look out for the Batempte Garlic Dills. Taste is similar to a Gus's Full Sour.

                          1. re: Steve

                            You're a *funny guy* Steve, and I'm no good at math - so I'll just have to trust you. I'll keep my eyes peeled for those brands :)

                          2. re: enbell

                            The label will tell you if it's half-sour or dill, or otherwise.

                            1. re: rednails

                              OH! So I really on;y hsb ha dill afterall, thanx.