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Mar 5, 2008 09:00 AM

Schwartz's pickles

So, we'll be trying to re-create the Schwartz's experience at home (in Alberta). A smoked meat brisket is on the way, now we just need to get all the fixings in order.

What kind of pickles do you suggest I pick up?


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  1. Hmmm, that's tough... they wouldn't send you a jar of pickles too?

    It's gotta be big, garlicy and crunchy. Do you get Mrs. White's pickle brand out there? They aren't bad (although they aren't really the same).

    You may want to see if there are any kosher delis or stores in your city and see what they have for pickles.

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    1. re: moh

      Thanks -- I'll look for Mrs. White's. Not sure about Kosher delis around here though.

      I really should have asked for the pickles too, just wasn't sure about the increased shipping cost.

      1. re: littlegreenpea

        Don't laugh, but you might want to check the deli case at your local Costco. I'm no longer a member, but if my memory doesn't fail me (and it might, so I apologize in advance) I believe they used to carry Mrs. White's. Of course that doesn't mean they carry them in Alberta, but you always could call them.

        And from the Globe & Mail: "If you have a night flight out of Montreal, and if you're concerned you might not be back in town for a while, you could wrap up a couple of medium-fat smoked-meat sandwiches from Schwartz's. Don't forget the karnuzel dried sausage, the banana peppers, the black-cherry cola and the Mrs. White's pickles."

        Good luck on your pickle hunt. :-)

        1. re: kpzoo


          The G&M got it wrong. Schwartz's uses Putter's Pickles (295 Rue Masson Sainte-Sophie, QC 1 (450) 438-4664)

          And I would second the suggestion of Costco, on this side of the country Moishes' pickles are sold at Costco - and they would do in a pinch as well.

          1. re: zekesgallery

            Yes, Moishes' pickles would definitely do! they are gooood...

            1. re: zekesgallery

              I just checked with a trusted Schwartz's source, & he confirms to me that you are correct. Schwartz's uses Putter's Pickles.

              1. re: BLM

                Do you know if Putter's Pickles (say that 3 times fast) are available in grocery stores in Montreal, or do I have to drive up to Ste-Sophie?

                1. re: rillettes

                  Im pretty sure Metro carries them, probably Loblaws as well. They also have Putter's picked tomatoes, which are even better...

                  1. re: cherylmtl

                    I was weaned on Putter's pickled tomatoes, and now I have sudden craving.

                  2. re: rillettes


                    I would give them a call and ask where they are available. About 15 years ago I placed a special order and they delivered it to me (if I remember correctly I only had to order about 3 or 4 cases). I don't know if they still do things like that, but it is worth asking.

                    1. re: zekesgallery

                      The Cavendish Loblaws carries them, and I seem to recall the Biftheque does too.

                      1. re: bomobob

                        Just as an update, the IGA on Cote St. Luc Rd carries Putter's pickles and tomatoes.

                  3. re: BLM

                    BTW, part of the confusion is that Schwartz's use to use Mrs. White's pickles. Maybe until about 7-8 years ago. I was just speaking with my source this morning about it.

          2. Mrs. White's original cloudy brine dill pickles, if you can get your hands on them.

            > they aren't bad (although they aren't really the same).

            Isn't Mrs. White's what Schwartz's carries? I could of course be wrong (I only get there about once a year) but I could have sworn I've seen bottles & vats of them there.... Of course they won't taste the same if not eaten amidst the fluorescent glare and hubub of Schwartz's itself, but it'll do in a pinch, IMO. ;-)

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            1. re: kpzoo

              Oh maybe so... I just order the pickle, and I haven't eaten at Schwartz's in a while, I usually get my poor suffering hubbie to pick up an order to eat at home. It has been a while since we bought Mrs.White's, but I recall they were good pickles. Never put the two together... Can anyone confirm the identity of the Schwartz's pickle?

              I also love that hot pickle they have there.

              If the weather weren't so gross here, I'd walk over there and check it out. If no one can confirm, will try to do so soon .

              (ummm... smoked meat....)

              1. re: kpzoo

                I wouldn't be surprised if Schwartz's uses Putter's pickles.

                1. re: kpzoo

                  Never heard of Putter's pickles. Regardless, if I find either I'll pick 'em up. Thanks everyone!

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    Haven't eaten at Schwartz's in a couple of years, but I seem to recall Mrs. White's were the brand they served.

                  2. Thanks for your help everyone! Unfortunately (but not surprisingly) I didn't have any luck finding Putters in Edmonton, nor did I find Mrs. Whyte's. I ended up getting Kuhne country style pickles which, while not the same, did the trick. We were too happy with the smoked meat to really mind by that point. I did get some solid rye bread though!

                    1. Bubbies Pickles are original and good they have an online store at