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May 22, 2009 01:51 PM

Half-sour pickles

I love half-sour pickles but they seem very hard to find in Boston. I've had them at Abe + Louie's and form Zaftig's but haven't really been able to find them elsewhere. Anyone know where else in Boston to find them? I'm hoping to find a place near me in chinatown even though I know it may be unlikely.

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  1. If there's a Stop & Shop or Giant near you, they carry the BaTampte brand in the refrigerator section...these are the real deal, and the closest I've found in a jar to good deli half-sours.

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    1. re: The Professor

      Russo's has great ones, though they are small.

      1. re: The Professor

        The Shaw's in Back Bay carries them; also the green tomatos.

        1. re: The Professor

          i find these to be wildly inconsistent. i prefer Rosof for supermarket pickles.

          1. re: ScubaSteve

            I don't think I've tried these brands but I tend to have bad luck with supermarket half-sour pickles. They are usually overpickled.

            1. re: ScubaSteve

              Rosoffs went out of business. It broke my heart. They were the best half sour ever.

            2. re: The Professor

              Somerville Market Basket carries that brand, bought kraut there yesterday but did not notice which pickles they had--just that there were several.

              1. re: The Professor

                I bought the BaTampte brand pickles once, based on favorable reviews, but couldn't even finish the jar and tossed them in the bin. They were beyond even olive green and didn't compare with the ones I've made myself, but even mine didn't turn out as bright a green as I was looking for -- once they had the best flavor, the color had faded. I shop at a co-op in Philadelphia that has half-sours so perfect that I asked to see the container they were supplied in. I can't right now remember the company name but it came from just across the Delaware River in Camden, NJ.

                1. re: neeruam

                  Welcome to CH (Chowhound).
                  While I've had the same experience with the BaTampte half sour picks, I do enjoy the pickled green tomotes.
                  I'm curious and don't expect an answer, but with you being a first time poster and maybe a longtime reader, what brought you to this 5 year old post to make your first mark?
                  I just wish I could remember my first post.

              2. Rubin's Deli in Brookline has them.

                1. Checked the prepared foods area of most Whole Foods. They carry "new Pickles" from Gus' Pickles in New York. If the store has good turnover, they're fresh and garlicky...Otherwise, Batampte, but since they're both fresh pickles, you have to use your eyes and only buy them when they're the degree of doneness you like.

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                  1. re: galleygirl

                    russos has excellent half sours, on the small side but with the right "snap" and spice. gus's at whole foods or at the butcherie in brookline. In the supermarkets, in the refrigerator case, Rosoff or BaTempte are ok, but you can taste the preservative difference between them and the others listed above. Don't know of any place in Chinatown or near to it: maybe the market on Charles Street?

                    1. re: teezeetoo

                      what preservatives are in BaTampte???

                      1. re: The Professor

                        the tomatos have 1/10 of 1% benzoate of soda for a preservative.

                        1. re: 9lives

                          BaTampte Half-Sours do not have _any_ preservatives of any kind added.
                          They are as good as or better than any half-sours I've had...home made, deli, or otherwise.
                          They aren't even spiked with vinegar, as some commercial half-sours are.
                          BaTampte are the real deal.

                          1. re: The Professor

                            Professor, You don't have to sell me on them.

                            I already buy the 1/2 sours and the tomatos..which according to the label do have vinegar and a small amount of preservative. No 1/2 sours in the house today..but I'll restock this week.

                            1. re: The Professor

                              just restocked the BaTempe 1/2 sour are correct;no preservatives or vinegar..and delicious

                    2. The S+S Deli in Inman Sq in Cambridge has excellent half-sours.

                      1. Thanks for all the suggestions! I was really hoping not to have to travel far as 1) I don't have a car and 2) I'm a medical student without enough time! I'll probably try whole foods first as it's closest. I'll have to try Russo's when I get a few weeks off this summer.