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New Pickles? Are they only in NYC?

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I just came back from NYC and always impressed with the bright green, super-crunchy "new pickles" you can get at every decent deli in the city?

Does anyone in Toronto make these - or sell these? Maybe I'm pregnant - but I have a serious craving for them.

Help me out - I need to find these locally. So hungry. : )

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  1. Some of the delis in Toronto have extra large-sized new and old pickles, which they slice before serving. All will sell you as many as you need for takeout. Call first to confirm they have them. Try Pancer's, Centre Street Deli and Yitz's. I'm pretty sure all will have them. I know I've shared a plate of new AND old pickles at Pancer's on Bathurst St.

    346 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N, CA

    Centre Street Deli
    1136 Centre St, Thornhill, ON L4J3M8, CA

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    1. re: 1sweetpea

      I was offered new pickles last time I was at the New Yorker Deli (Bay and Bloor)... I opted for the old skool dill to satisfy a craving but my server said the new pickles are fab.

      New Yorker Deli
      1140 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

    2. I have seen Strub's new dills/half sour pickles at many supermarkets

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      1. re: blogs

        Yes, look for a jar of Strub's half sours in the refrigerated section of Loblaw or Metro.
        I've learned that you have to consume fairly soon, as they continue to develop in the jar.

        1. re: jayt90

          That's my problem with the Strub's half sours: sometimes they are beyond the half-way mark when I open them. They are fully sour long before I finish them. I think the OP is looking for truly "new" dills, rather than half-sour dills, which is why I still think a deli is the way to go. The turnover is such that the new dills don't have enough time to mature beyond the "new" stage.

          1. re: 1sweetpea

            You gotta get into the new dills pretty fast or, as 1sweetpea has attested, they become old dills pretty fast. The new dills seem to come around every now and then, depending, I suppose, when the cucumber crop comes in. I like them both asa nice change from each other's tastes. And, happily, I never have to buy them. My brother-in-law makes both kinds and distributes his efforts equally to family members. Deelish.

            1. re: juno

              Sometimes I buy a few small cukes and make refrigerator pickles. (There are virtually no deli's east of Leslie or Bayview!). They will last about two weeks, then get soft. Lots of recipes online.

            2. re: 1sweetpea

              I've seen those - and yes, like above I find them "too far gone". I think I'll got the deli root. Thanks everyone.

        2. Check out Benna's or Super Kolbassa on Roncesvalles. Further afield, Yummy Market is a veritable pickle wonderland. Or you could try Continental Deli in the plaza at 180 Steeles W, west of Yonge. They're also ridiculously easy to make, btw.

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          1. re: kitfo

            Yummy Market was the SPOT! Thanks for the reco. Hadn't been before - and now a convert! Awesome!

            1. re: kitfo

              Just bought some new dills at Benna's. They were okay, but not as good as the ones made at home! Just needed some to tide me over until the ones I've got pickling are ready. See http://www.wildfermentation.com/resou...

            2. This is a stupid question, but does the Pickle Barrel actually have pickle barrels of new, 1/4, 1/2 and full sours? Also, I 2nd or 3rd the motion of just making your own pickles.

              1. You can find new pickles at Starsky's grocery store (along with several other tasty pickled goods).

                2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

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                1. re: Nella Kay

                  I just bought some at Starsky's last Saturday. Delish.

                  2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

                2. I've got news for you, (taysdad) boychick (I presume). Strub's, which is a local product, is much much better than that place on Essex St. that was featured in the film "Crossing Delancey".

                  1. Strubs are the best. I grew up eating them. Crunchy, salty and delicious!

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                    1. re: MeMeMe

                      I prefer Bubbie's Full sour available at Pusateri's. I go to Avenue rd store.

                      1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                      1. re: TheDewster

                        You can now get "BUBBIE'S at Fiesta Farms (for those of us who live closer to midtown). I also like to alternate between 'new' dills & 'old' dills..for 'new' I do like Strub's. I also like Whyte's old dills almost as much as Bubbie's...

                        Fiesta Farms
                        200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

                        1. re: pearlD

                          The last two batches I bought at Pusateri's were very soft and tasted spoiled. Gotta find a new Bubbies source

                          1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                          1. re: TheDewster

                            You should try Mrs Whyte's again, they are the best, I swear. I like bubbie's too but they are just a brand that has other people pack for them. Mrs Whyte's and Strubs make their own stuff. I personally prefer the Mrs Whyte's taste to Strubs though.

                    2. I was just going to write about Mrs Whyte's pickles at Costco that I had recently. I hope they still sell them. They are crunchy and crispy and exactly like the NY pickles you described. I read your post after deciding to comment on the Mrs Whyte's pickles. They are from Montreal and I seriously think they are the best I have ever had! I hope they still sell them -I would ask for them if you don't see them in the fridge area. They are called Garden Crisp I think by Mrs Whyte's. They also make a full sour, original brine pickle, which is fabulous, but I personally like the crunchy fresh taste of the Garden crisp ones . I never write reviews by the way, I just love the Mrs Whyte's pickles so I got motivated to comment.

                      1. The pickles you have fallen in love with are early (young) fermented "sour" pickles.

                        I know it's not local, but the most amazing store bought fermented dills I've had this side of NY are from Highland Market in Stoney Creek (near Hamilton). I haven't been there since the fall, but they sold them from a large crock.

                        I've always been a huge fan of dills, but once I tried the fermented style, the vinegar version is now a pale back up. If you really want a the ultimate, make your own next year when the cucumbers are coming in. It's easy if you follow the Alton Brown recipe :


                        But be warned, once you embark on this path, no jarred version will ever do it for you again.