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great half sour pickles? Schorr's?

1newyorkguy Mar 23, 2012 10:31 PM

Anyone know of any in town? I used to get Batampte and would get satisfied..they seemed to go downhill though and most batches were borderline "gone bad", soft, off-tasting.

Then I found Schorr's in Whole Foods in Florida. They are awesome. Are they here? Any others making them well?

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    veganhound Sep 18, 2012 10:26 PM

    Try Solly's Bagels. There are at least three locations. Original location around Main and 28th Ave. They sell Strubb's half dones. Canadian made, always reliable. Call them, you should have to look no further. If the don't have any, try Omnitsky's Kosher on Cambie across from Oakridge Mall, Kaplan's Star Deli on oak and 41st or The Kosher Warehouse on Kingsway just off of E 16th Ave.
    Stong's on Dunbar is another place that should have them.

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    1. re: veganhound
      1newyorkguy Sep 19, 2012 03:42 AM

      thanks for the tips.

      1. re: veganhound
        kinnickinnik Sep 19, 2012 09:19 AM

        Are Strubb's truly brine fermented or do they add vinegar (I thought the latter)? If truly brine fermented, store turnover will need to be brisk if they are to remain at the half-sour stage.

        1. re: kinnickinnik
          fmed Sep 19, 2012 11:34 AM

          According to their stie, they have a line of products that need to be refrigerated that are brine fermented and do not have vinegar added http://www.strubpickles.com/html/prod...

          1. re: fmed
            StarryFork Sep 19, 2012 11:46 AM

            I stand corrected!

          2. re: kinnickinnik
            StarryFork Sep 19, 2012 11:37 AM

            Strubb's do add vinegar, so not a legit half-sour. http://www.strubpickles.com/Recipes/recipesbrine.htm

            Also, my googling shows that the company may have gone bankrupt? Whyte’s Food Corp. Inc. that has bought the brand has not confirmed whether they will keep the original recipe, though it sounds like there is room for hope. http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

            1. re: StarryFork
              1newyorkguy Sep 19, 2012 01:04 PM

              I see they have a half sour with:
              INGREDIENTS: Cucumbers, water, salt, dill, garlic, spices, calcium chloride (a natural mineral that enhances crispness), sodium benzoate. No vinegar, but I'm not into sodium benzoate.


        2. c
          clutterer Sep 18, 2012 08:39 AM

          I'm not a pickle fan, but my wife did pick up a bottle of McClure's pickles (from Brooklyn/Detroit, as the bottle claims) at Old Faithful.

          1. tdeane Mar 26, 2012 05:45 PM

            Man I miss the pickles in New York. Even the crappiest deli there had delicious pickles. You can order Guss' Pickles online here http://www.gusspickle.com/ or The Pickle Guys https://www.pickleguys.com/. You could get them sent to Washington and then drive down and pick them up.

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            1. re: tdeane
              Sam Salmon Mar 26, 2012 08:16 PM

              FWIW there's a Deli in downtown Yarrow with fabulous pickles-a bit of a drive but if you're doing a farm tour in the valley it's well worth stopping by.

              1. re: Sam Salmon
                LotusRapper Mar 26, 2012 09:44 PM

                Ah yes, Yarrow Deli Cooperative if that's what you're referring to, Sam.

                Weird how I actually ate there, twice, in August while doing some contract work out there. Had some deli sandwiches for lunch but I don't recall the pickle slices wowing me at the time. Deli meats were alright, tho'

                The deli is right next to the small park on Yarrow Central Road, here as the white building behind the blue car:


                Friendly family operation, very modest digs. The old man who owns/runs the barber shop across the road (Hank or Frank ?) is a neat chap to chat with, IIRC he's like close to 90 yrs old.

            2. k
              kinnickinnik Mar 25, 2012 05:36 PM

              I love half sours but have never seen true lacto-fermented ones at retail here, only in the east (eg Montreal delis, Schwartz's). I've resorted to pickling my own once a year when I can get fresh pickling cukes.They don't keep super long as they continue fermenting but I enjoy a brief pickle frenzy while I have 'em.

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              1. re: kinnickinnik
                1newyorkguy Sep 10, 2012 08:56 PM

                want to sell me some half-sours?

                1. re: 1newyorkguy
                  kinnickinnik Sep 10, 2012 09:50 PM

                  Heh. Sorry only had about 3 lbs of cukes last time - nearly all gobbled up or given to pickle fans at work. This batch wasn't quite my usual - discovered too late that I'd forgotten to buy dill so I aimed for a peppery spice mix instead - but they didn't have the kick I hoped for. Nice and crunchy but neither garlicky nor spicy enough and of course not dilly at all.

                  That's it for me til next summer...

                  Have you seen this great thread? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805067

                  1. re: kinnickinnik
                    StarryFork Sep 15, 2012 07:51 PM

                    Amazing thread, thanks for posting the link!

                    1. re: kinnickinnik
                      1newyorkguy Sep 18, 2012 03:15 AM

                      thanks..I'm giving it a go now

                      1. re: 1newyorkguy
                        kinnickinnik Sep 18, 2012 08:37 AM

                        Good luck! I posted a response to your last question on that thread.
                        If you want to learn more - UBC farm offers fermentation workshops from time to time. Sign up to be on their mail list here: http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/teaching-learni...
                        (I've not taken the course but might do so next time around).

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                  dapperdon Mar 25, 2012 05:13 PM

                  I am not familiar with “half sour” pickles. I do like pickles and some of the ones I have recently tried and liked were:
                  Unpasteurized and found in the refrigerated section of the deli department in grocery stores. Currently on sale at Safeway for $4 and SaveOn for $4.50.
                  Mad About Food
                  They carry a pickle made in the Fraser Valley. Don’t remember the name but they are packed in a home style canning jar. Label says they are made to a family recipe from the prairies. This would tie in with GS's reply. Very good but a little, very little, sweet for our taste.

                  1. g
                    Georgia Strait Mar 24, 2012 09:34 AM

                    i don't know answer to your exact question but (and i kid here but am also serious) ... you need to make friends with someone who has a mom / grandparents from the prairies. those are the best pickles. we are westerners - and those kind of home-made recipes, when done well, are a rare real cdn treat, possibly akin to the midwest style of cooking / preserving?

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                    1. re: Georgia Strait
                      LotusRapper Mar 26, 2012 06:33 PM

                      Or befriend a "bubbeh" at the Jewish Cultural Centre ....... ;-)

                      At least get some at Kaplan's Star Deli. Dunno if they're half sour, I just know they're dang good.

                      Or find her jarred pickles at Whole Foods (dunno about Vancouver stores) in WA.


                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        kinnickinnik Mar 26, 2012 08:19 PM

                        Looking at their product list - no half sours.
                        Kosher dills are full sour. Glad to see they're fermented and not vinegared though - and I *think* I've seen at WF here. Will check them out - thanks!

                        1. re: kinnickinnik
                          LotusRapper Mar 26, 2012 09:38 PM

                          Click on the site homepage's "Find Bubbies", enter your postal code and you can find the nearest stores that carry them (I suspect they're in eastern provinces, since entering mine I only get a listing of WA stores within 100 miles), but at least Bubbies can be found at all the Haggen stores:

                          Haggen 360-380-9000
                          1815 Main St
                          Ferndale, WA 98248
                          Distance: 34.39 mi.
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                          Orcas Home Grown Market 360 376-2009
                          138 North Beach Road
                          Eastsound, WA 98245
                          Distance: 43.51 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-676-5300
                          2900 Woburn
                          Bellingham, WA 98226
                          Distance: 43.83 mi.
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                          Community Food Co-Op 360.734.8158
                          1220 N. Forrest St
                          Bellingham, WA 98225
                          Distance: 44.78 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-733-4370
                          1401 12th St
                          Bellingham, WA 98225
                          Distance: 44.78 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-671-3300
                          2814 Meridian
                          Bellingham, WA 98225
                          Distance: 44.78 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-647-4300
                          210 36th St
                          Bellingham, WA 98225
                          Distance: 44.78 mi.
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                          San Juan Island Food Co-op
                          775 Mullis Unit C
                          Friday Harbor, WA 98250
                          Distance: 48.79 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-814-1500
                          757 Haggen Dr
                          Burlington, WA 98233
                          Distance: 64.15 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-848-6999
                          2601 E Division
                          Mount Vernon, WA 98273
                          Distance: 67.77 mi.
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                          Skagit Valley Food Co-op 360-336-9777
                          202 So 1st St.
                          Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
                          Distance: 67.77 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-629-4400
                          26603 72nd Ave NW
                          Stanwood, WA 98292
                          Distance: 80.75 mi.
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                          The Goose Community Grocery 866.326.6714
                          14485 Highway 525
                          Langely, WA 98260
                          Distance: 90.23 mi.
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                          Country-Aire Natural Foods 360-452-7175
                          117 East 1st St
                          Port Angeles, WA 98362
                          Distance: 90.87 mi.
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                          Good To Go Grocery 360-457-1857
                          1105 So Eunice St.
                          Port Angeles, WA 98362
                          Distance: 90.87 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-403-3800
                          20115 74th Ave NE
                          Arlington, WA 98223
                          Distance: 91.73 mi.
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                          Haggen 360-530-7700
                          3711 88th St NE
                          Marysville, WA 98270
                          Distance: 93.98 mi.
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                          Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op 425.859.3798
                          2804 Grand Ave
                          Everett, WA 98201
                          Distance: 96.65 mi.
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                          Haggen 425-377-7100
                          8915 Market Pl NE
                          Lake Stevens, WA 98258
                          Distance: 96.86 mi.
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                          1. re: kinnickinnik
                            1newyorkguy Mar 27, 2012 12:33 PM

                            Bubbies doesn't come close to Schorr's or what you'd find at a real Jewish deli.

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