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Dec 12, 2007 05:04 PM

Commercial pickled vegetable brands as good as homemade?

What makes homemade pickles so much better than what you can buy commercially? And I mean any kind of "pickles"--cucumbers, of course, but also carrots and peppers and cherry tomatoes, etc.

One of these summers, I'm going to take the time to can my own. Until then, I only get what I can beg off my neighbors and family.

Are there any brands of commercial pickles out there that are as good as homemade?


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  1. I grew up with a pickle-making mom, so nothing *really* lives up. Still my hankering for beet pickles led to trying Aunt Nellie's brand beet pickles (you're in MSP - see Cub or Rainbow veggie aisles), and while though being slightly less vinegar-y and having less clove flavor, the pickles are truly good. I believe the Aunt Nellie's brand has some other pickled veg, but I can't vouch for them. Perhaps I have to branch out from beet-pickle-loving and try some.

    Oh! I know there are posters here who frequent Slavic places - if any are reading, perhaps they could post on pickles? My sense it there would be some fine ones,; I just haven't taken the time to find them yet.

    I'm with you TDQ, on the homemade front, but life without pickles...well...

    1. I make my own pickles every year (cukes, sauerkraut, green tomatoes, apples) - so far, I've found one brand that I would recommend, Real Pickles ( In my area, Whole Foods carries them and a few other co-ops, not sure if they're available elsewhere. At $4.50/jar, though, I cringe every time one of them ends up in my grocery basket....:)

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      1. re: jeni1002

        I'll second the Real Pickles, which are only second to homemade pickles. Also, Bubbies makes some good kosher dill pickles.

        I've made my own sauerkraut and kimchi on several occasions -- so far nothing commercial compares.