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Best store bought pickles

Simply put, i went to the doctor and found that i should go on a diet. It looks like sandwiches will be on the lunch menu for the foreseeable future. anyone recommend a great, store bought pickles?

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  1. if sodium is a concern at all, Rick's Picks Low-Sodium "The People's Pickles" are terrific, albeit quite pricey.

    if you don't care about sodium and you like sour pickles, Ba-Tampte and Bubbie's are the best store-bought options, IMO. i can't help you with half-sours as i'm not really a fan.

      1. re: Cheese Boy

        That's one great looking jar of half sours! TJ's carried half sours like that but they added it to their discontinued list with the rest of their good stuff.

        1. re: Cheese Boy

          Ba-Tampte half-sours can be excellent, as can Nathan's. But in either case, don't buy them unless they're still bright green and fresh-looking. Even the best go dull and soggy after too long in the jar.

          1. re: BobB

            I love the Ba-Tampte pickles dull green and limp. I put the jar into the fridge, let it sit for a few months and then eat them. They are really more sour than half- at that point.

            1. re: BobB

              Yes, I love them and I totally agree about only buying and eating them bright green.

            2. re: Cheese Boy

              I eat only Ba-Tempte Garlic Dills. Nothing else does it for me. But they can be difficult to find.

            3. Seconding Rick's picks and Ba-tampte. You might also check out Happy Girl pickles, which does unusual veggies in brine and they are outstanding (dilled carrots, anyone?)For bread-and-butter I like Mrs. Fanning's.

              1. Claussen Kosher Dill Pickles - in the refrigerator section.

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                1. re: calliope_nh

                  These have been my favorites lately, too. I've been eating them nearly every day!

                  1. re: calliope_nh

                    Claussen Half Sours are great as well.

                    1. re: calliope_nh

                      I had been buying Ba-Temple dills in the refrigerated section but decided to try the refrigerated Clausen dills. Glad I did. They are surprisingly very good. Crisp and flavorful.


                    2. I'm spoiled - I go straight to Gu's pickles for my half-sours. But I agree with the Ba'Tampte recommendations - but echo the warning about ensuring that they are bright green - otherwise they wind up more sour than half.

                      1. thanks for the recs! hopefully, i'll have some of these locally.

                          1. Gundelsheim Barrel Pickles are a really nice balance of sour and sweet. You can purchase them at select WalMarts. Gundelsheim also makes a nice sauerkraut if you're into that.

                            The Claussen Koshers were too heavy on the garlic for us, but if you like garlic you'll love them.

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                            1. re: squirrelee

                              Recently bought some Polish pickles, imported by Lowell Foods, at World Market. Not bad, but a bit sweeter than I like.

                              1. I like "Bubbies" in WA state. Very fresh!

                                  1. re: swoll50

                                    I like wickles too but note they are sweet and spicy, not dill, sour, etc.

                                  2. Boar's Head brand Kosher dills are available in a lot of stores now, and I've enjoyed those.

                                    Oddly enough I've seen the Ba Tampte pickles in the store before, but never bought them - I wasn't aware they were good, and the packaging turned me off. I'll have to pick them up next time I buy groceries.

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                                    1. re: TuteTibiImperes

                                      I don't think the BT packaging has changed one bit since I was a kid, mid century. It hasn't aged well, but those of us who grew up eating them have a reflexive "must buy, must eat" response to that tacky red and white label and lid, so it works the other way, too.

                                    2. I am a pickle fiend. However this is difficult in L.A. since the best pickles are from NY and Detroit, and am not a big fan of grocery store finds. However I have finally found heaven in a jar: McClure's pickles.
                                      I like a little crisp to my pickle, so that is why I am not a fan of Ba-Tampte. McClure's have amazing flavor and texture, albeit very pricey, $12 a jar. But if you feel like splurging on your gherkin here is the link so you can find where to buy in your area: http://www.mcclurespickles.com/


                                      1. I recently bought Guss' at Walmart in FL, of all places. I didn't even realize they were sold retail.

                                        Last time I had a Guss' pickle was straight from the store on Orchard, which closed and moved to Brooklyn.


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                                        1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                          Yes, they are popping up everywhere in the stores. I have a jar of Gus's spicy pickle circles in my fridge (Arlington, VA).

                                          Good stuff, and same for me, Orchard St was my previously most recent purchase, but from a Gus's street vendor.

                                        2. My favorite source is any local Jewish deli if you have one in your area. Also Wegmans makes great pickles.

                                          1. Ba- Tampte are great, as is their sauerkraut, but I love Boards Head Kosher Dill spears. Very garlicy

                                            1. Where does everyone find these Ba-Tempte pickles? I've never seen them but from this thread am dying to try them.

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                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                Cruise your supermarket's refrigerated dairy section, near the herring in cream sauce & the hummus. That's where the Ba-Tampte pickles hang out.

                                                1. re: small h

                                                  Thanks for the recommendation, I always forget to look there. They didn't have them in my local Safeway but I found them at Wegmans. I grabbed the only jar left of whole pickles which happened to be the garlic dill and they are delicious! However, I also love the Wegmans deli pickles sold in the prepared foods section and so after a lovely weekend binge of more pickles than I will admit (I've always had a crazy obsession with pickles) I am a water balloon so it might be a while before I tap into the other varieties. If anyone lives near a Wegmans I highly recommend the prepared foods individually wrapped kosher deli pickles as well. They are incredibly similar to the traditional that I get at the local Jewish deli.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    Glad you found the Ba-Tamptes and liked them. I've had those Wegman's pickles, and they are indeed good. I make my own now - there's a very useful thread on Home Cooking with advice & methods, if you'd like to go that route:


                                                    Once you un-bloat, of course.

                                                    1. re: small h

                                                      I was planning to make my own but read so many hit and miss stories that I didn't want to risk it :) it'd be nice though as I'm sure homemade are quite tasty

                                              2. I'm partial to Nature's Kitchen cripsy dill-icious pickles. They're not as dill-forward as most dill pickles (which is usually too overpowering for me), but super-crunchy, garlicky and delicious. Really awesome brand!

                                                1. I like Famous Dave's spicy pickle chips. Basically bread & butter pickles with a tiny bit of heat. Good flavor though.

                                                  While we're talking pickles, are there any brands that use sugar rather than HFCS? All the brands I see in the local stores use HFCS.

                                                    1. Trader Joe's pickles (not the pre-cut ones, the ones from Germany) kick batempte out of the water.

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                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                          I'll look next time I'm there.
                                                          Whole Dill Pickles, I think.