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Jun 24, 2010 11:27 AM

New Pickles? Are they only in NYC?

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

            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