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Jul 18, 2012 06:08 AM

Farmers Garden Pickles

Found these on the shelf at my local HEB and decided to try them. They are truely as good as anything Clausens puts out. Never thought I'd say that!

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  1. We've bought three jars in two weeks

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    1. re: amysuehere

      I've been seen eating them right out of the jar. And those carrots at the bottom!!!!!

    2. The grand daughter and I saw these at the store last weekend. We should have bought some but didn't. Will pick some up this weekend. I really want to try the bread and butter ones.

      1. Are these refrigerated pickles? Fermented pickles or do they contain vinegar?


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        1. re: sqwertz

          Same questions as sqwertz. I looked for them at Burnet/2222, but didn't see them.

          1. re: rudeboy

            Bought them at the Far West store. Not refrigerated. Ingredients: cucumbers, water, red peppers, carrots, salt, distilled vinegar, garlic, calcium chloride, gum arabic, natural flavor, beta carotene.

            1. re: amysuehere

              I've seen them on the shelves with the rest of the Vlasic pickles.

              1. re: amysuehere

                OK, so I just tried one of the halves. Too much vinegar for me. I prefer the Ba Temte (mentioned downthread), Bubbies, Nathann/Hermanns variety (Korean stores sell their store made ones as well). These are the salt cured and fermented variety that make their own "vinegar" (lactic acid). Claussen is the only "vinegared" pickle that I like (less vinegar, needs refrigerated). The perfect cucumber pickles contains NO vinegar, IMO. Call me a pickle snob.

                1. re: sqwertz

                  So I just tried another pickle. I've decided they're not so much strong with vinegar as much as salt. Yikes. There's more salt than vinegar in these. Looks like 50% more salt than classic Vlassic pickles. They had to do something to make them shelf stable, looks like they decided on salt.

              2. re: rudeboy

                That is the store I shop at the most. They have them there on the row with the other pickles.

            2. I'm no pickle aficionado, but has anyone tried the half sour pickles (Batampte brand) available at the kosher section of the Far West HEB in the fridge? They serve them up with deli sandwiches and I fell in love. Oddly they are indeed less sour, but despite a less salty taste have more salt than the regular pickles. So salt conscious folks beware. They taste like they were picked the day before.

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              1. re: slowcoooked

                Yes I have had the half sours and they are truely awesome. Used to get them from a Jewish deli in north Chicago. Batampte also makes really good pickled green tomatos which is another Jewish deli staple but to answer sqwertz, they are not refrigerated and they contain vinegar.

                1. re: slowcoooked

                  I once had an occasion to do extensive research on pickle production and regulations. I recall that the nutritional information for salt cured/fermented pickles includes the nutritional value of the brine along with the pickles. Where as for vinegar-cured pickles the salt in the brine does not need to be calculated in with the pickle - just the solids are considered.

                  The reasoning for that rule is that people are most likely to drink the brine from half-sours, but not the vinegared pickle types. Which actually does make sense - if you ain't drinking yer half sour pickle juice, then you need your head examined! :-) I have a hard time rationing the brine as I eat the pickles so as not to drink so much that the pickles are no longer submerged.

                  In general, parts of the food not traditionally consumed are not included in USDA Nutritional info.

                  So eat as many of those half sours as you care to without feeling guilty. And send the brine to me!


                  1. re: sqwertz

                    Hey, just for a second, think about biting into one of those huge weird movie theater pickles in the back of the theater.

                    If your mouth didn't just water, your aren't a human! (not specifically you, sqwertz)

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      Movie theater pickles? Must be a Texas thing. I've never seen pickles in movie theaters but I've never been in a Texas movie theater.

                      What's so weird about them other than them being movie theater fare?

                      1. re: sqwertz

                        They're giant, ultra sour (like those generic hamburger pickles), and come in a little plastic package. I was never a fan of them myself as I don't care for super sour pickles. I never noticed them at theaters, but they were popular at ball parks and roller rinks growing up.

                        1. re: verily

                          You could even buy them at the checkout counters at Blockbuster when they were still in business. They're nasty.

                          1. re: ericthered

                            They were always in the same league as pickled eggs and pigs feet to me.

                          2. re: verily

                            OK. I've seen those at convenience stores, but I've always passed.

                          3. re: sqwertz

                            I liked them OK as a kid, but my sister loved them and would pick a pickle over candy or popcorn.
                            FYI, they are still around and getting even weirder.
                            Kool-Aid pickles!

                            1. re: Alan Sudo

                              Alan: How about pickles AND popcorn - that was the thing in the theaters. I even whip up popcorn today and have a pickle with it. The kool-aid pickles look pretty cool - I'd love to try them. The ones that I was talking about are huge green sour things and hardly edible. For some reason, we really wanted them.

                              Eric: Blockbuster had them because they were a movie theater thing. Not sure if that's texas-specific, but after a brief internet search, it sounds like pickles were only available at the "show" in the south. They were always available where I grew up.

                              I still miss the picked eggs and pickled sausages at Ginny's before it went hipster. I'd slice em all up and eat them together off a styrofoam plate with saltines. That's a perfect pairing with the old Schlitz. Now they have Sous Vide pork belly.

                              1. re: rudeboy

                                Growing up in west Philly in the 50s, the corner grocery stores always had a huge pickle barrel with kosher pickles for 5 cents - we used to eat them walking home from school....

                                1. re: Philly369

                                  How far west,? My wife if from Lansdale. We'll be flying there soon.

                                  1. re: rudeboy

                                    That was in Wynnefield, near 54th & City Line Ave. - What a great place to grow up back then ! Now St. Joe's University owns most of that real estate...

                    2. Most people don't realize this, but traditionally fermented pickles, while delicious, are also VERY healthy for your gut flora, which control your digestive health and your immune system, as well as dozens of other important aspects of your health.
                      However, this is ONLY the case with naturally fermented pickles and NOT pickles that are simply soaked in vinegar and salt, which is 99% of the pickles that you find at most grocery stores or restaurants.
                      The only brand I've been able to find at most grocery stores that actually uses TRUE fermentation instead of vinegar is the Bubbies brand of pickles. There might be some other good brands of truly fermented pickles at your stores, but you have to carefully look at the ingredients and read how they are made.
                      This means that Bubbies pickles contain live and active probiotics, whereas 99% of other pickles that you find at grocery stores have no probiotics at all, since they're usually just soaked with vinegar and salt instead of traditional fermentation.
                      So if you can find a good brand of pickles like Bubbies that contain live probiotics, at least you know you're helping your gut health and digestion by enjoying those delicious little pickles with your meals. Of course, a variety of probiotics is important, which is why I also try to regularly eat fermented veggies (various krauts and kimchi), Kefir, yogurt, and other fermented foods. --by Mike Geary, Personal Fitness Trainer 12/15/13, submitted by TexasTeddy.

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                      1. re: TexasTeddy

                        I did realize that this is probably a jack, but I was intrigued. Could not find them at Burnet/2222 HEB.

                          1. re: TexasTeddy

                            It's short for a highjack, i.e. taking the thread off the original topic.

                            1. re: Ashforth

                              Sorry, I thought the original topic was 'pickles'.

                          2. re: rudeboy

                            They've (Farmers Garden) started disappearing off many of the shelves, lack of sales I guess. The pickle business is almost as competitive as the salsa business. Shelf space comes at a premium for pickle producers. There's a lot of pickles out there.

                            I went to Central Market yesterday to pick up a tub of Farm Ridge Sweet Horseradish chips. Not cheap at $7/quart but when you gotta have them you'll pay it. They yanked those and now only carry two of the mundane varieties from the same brand <grumble grumble>.

                            Current favorite, reasonably priced and available, are the Farm to Market (Best Maid brand) Bloody Mary Pickles. Find them in the pickle aisle of some HEB's and Walmart. I water down the brine with a quart of Clamato and let them sit over night since they're quite hot. The brine then makes the most awesome virgin bloody Caesars when cut with even more Clamato.

                            Come to think of it, were you referring to Bubbies? You have to look for fermented pickled in the refrigerated deli section. Most HEB's don't carry them. Whole Foods and CM do, though. Nathan's *half sours* (not their other varieties) and Ba Tempte are other good brands of that same style (also refrigerated). They're available at Sprouts, last I looked.