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Sep 6, 2011 11:12 AM

MAKING PICKLES! Reliable source for kirby cucumbers?

My recent thread on traditional kosher dill pickle making on Home Cooking got me wondering

Where can one find a reliable source in Los Angeles for the traditional kosher dill cucumber, the kirby?

I've found them at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sunday, but I don't think I've ever seen them in the supermarket.


Mr Taster

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  1. Really, Chowhounds??

    I'm disappointed... not one person knows a reliable, daily source of kirby cucumbers?

    Mr Taster

    1. I haven't been in a while, but I used to see them at Jons. In season though, they can be very hard to find out of season.

      1. I almost always see traditional pickling cukes when I shop at hispanic grocery stores like El Super. I also see them often at Jon's.

        El Super
        3321 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303

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        1. I just bought some at Super king on San Fernando

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          1. re: paprkutr

            Super King is my source also but they are not labeled as "Kirby" cucumbers there. They are labeled by the market as either pickling cucumbers or California pickles but they are definitely Kirbys. They are stocked on a daily basis there and the huge sales volume and rapid turnover at Super King's produce department is a pretty reliable assurance of freshness. They usually sell for 50-69ยข/lb. SK also carries fresh dill, garlic and a wide variety of spices.

            I have been making my own kosher style dill pickles for quite a few years just because it is nearly impossible to find acceptable pickles at the market. In fact, there are only a handful of restaurants I know of that serve decent kosher style dill pickles.

            1. re: Sam D.

              On two separate occasions, I was disappointed at not finding them at Super King.

              However, I did find them today at the 3rd/Fairfax Farmers Market! They were at the Farm Boy stand (next to Marconda's Meats) in a bin, behind the potatoes, next to the Persian cukes. I forgot to ask them if they're a staple. Anyway, I'm delighted to find them in such an accessible place.

              Mr Taster

              Marconda's Meats
              6333 West 3rd Street [Stall 514], Los Angeles, CA 90001

            2. re: paprkutr

              Super King in Altadena carries pickling cucumbers consistently. They are usually quite large and have very thick skins, so I'm not sure if they are true Kirbys or some form of national pickling cucumber.

            3. I find them on a consistent basis at the Korean market near me- that is in Torrance (Sepulveda & Maple) but leads me to believe it is a standard for the making of kimchi and panchan so it should be a Korean market staple. They have been also stocking the Persian cukes but those do NOT do well in a processed pickle.

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              1. re: torty

                You really should read my referenced post re: making kosher dills. There are benefits in using Persian cucumbers for beginning pickle makers.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: torty

                  I meant to add on as well that I have sometimes seen them Assi Supermarket in K-Town