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Jul 26, 2010 08:22 PM

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.