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Jan 4, 2008 09:45 AM

Best Pickles

What do you think is the best widely available dill pickles available?

I currently have a jar of Vlassic dill spears in my refrigerator. They're not bad, but nothing to write home about.

What do you prefer?

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  1. Don Hermann garlic dills from NE Ohio. They're in some of the local grocery stores around here but I think you can find a website to order them directly from the pickle farm. Lots of people I know buy them by the BARREL. I don't know anyone who doesn't like them -- in fact, I think it's pretty much acknowledged that they are the best pickles in the universe. The kosher dills are good, too, but the garlic dills actually sizzle on your tongue.

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    1. re: sweetlikesugar

      Sweetlikesugar, I live in NE-Ohio (Wooster area) and I have never heard of Don Hermann pickles, but Id love to try them. Are they available at a local chain grocery or a specialty retailer?

      I love Tony Packo's pickle and pepper mix.

      1. re: sweetlikesugar

        I AGREE 100%!!!!! So funny! I am originally from NE Ohio and I've been living in Chicago for the past 3 years. I have been craving what I have been calling "The good refrigerator pickles" for about 2 months and I couldn't remember the name of those damn Don Hermann pickles. After buying about 5 different jars of pickles that were so/so, I finally googled "Best Pickle" and lo and behold the first comment I read is about the pickles I was looking for! Don Hermann pickles are the best pickles I have ever tasted out of a jar, I don't know here to get them around Chicago though :(

      2. I like the Vlasic Zesty dill spears. They have a nice tang. My favorites, that are easy to find, are Claussen's Hearty Garlic Dill pickles. I like the sliced ones for sandwiches. The best are homemade, but you can't get that in a store!

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        1. re: danhole

          My local Randall's has apparently stopped carrying Claussen's Hearty Garlic sandwich slices. Where are you finding them?

        2. We just bought a good jar of Nathan's Kosher Spears which are pretty widely available in the Boston area and perhaps the East coast.

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          1. re: EllenMM

            Agreed, and their half sours are great too. I even prefer them to the much lauded BaTampte.

            1. re: BobB

              But were they actually green? I find that BaTampte (my beloved childhood favorite) half-sours are never quite right when purchased outside of the NYC area... they can't sit too long or else they're not so hot. If they're dark green then they're no good. Bright green = jackpot pickle heaven.

              1. re: missfunkysoul

                I get BaTampte here in west Texas and they're great. My favorite pickles.

          2. I can't say that I've ever really had a jarred pickle that I thought was as good as one I'd have in my favoite Jewish Deli. I like fairly 'old' dills, which just don't seem to translate well to jars. Maybe the closest thing I've found is the Bubbie's brand. Not sure how nationally they're distributed. They also make sour tomatoes..... another one of my deli vices...... that seem closer to the 'real thing' than their pickles. There's also Batampte brand...... also pretty good for jarred.

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            1. re: Midlife

              Not to put too fine a point on this...but I understand what you mean about deli-provided pickles at the table...USUALLY warmer than out of the refrigerator/jar...and I know that contributes to the overall "pickle experience." Being ice cold can change the flavor. BTW...also enjoy the pickled tomato you usually get in the bowl, too.

              1. re: njmarshall55

                FYI - the 'sour' tomatoes I mentioned are the same thing as 'pickled' tomatoes. ;o]

            2. I don't know if they're nationally distributed, but Clausen's are really good.

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              1. re: MikeG

                I second Clausen's - Clausen's kosher dills - crisp, sour and garlicy!

                1. re: jackiecat

                  Yes, without running all over town Clausen's are pretty hard to beat!