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Decent pickles in the US? None of that hyper-dilled or crazy sweet stuff, please.

linguafood Aug 16, 2012 10:30 AM

Ugh. Bought a jar of Vlasic "bread & butter" pickles (NO SUGAR ADDED!!), b/c I don't like kosher dill pickles -- too heavy on the dill, and nothing like pickles you get in the homeland. You know, tart, maybe a touch of sweetness, with herbs and mustard seeds, etc.

I've yet to find a commercial pickle I like.

Oh, and the "no sugar added" pickles? Cloyingly sweet. Blech.

And don't tell me to pickle my own, I don't live in Portland :-P

  1. k
    KSlink Aug 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    Have you ever tried half sour dills? I hate dill pickles, but these things are wonderful to me--at one favorite place I would sometimes order just the steak fries and pickles...

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    1. re: KSlink
      linguafood Aug 16, 2012 03:05 PM

      I wonder if I can find them.... any particular brands?

      To be honest, there is a Eastern European store in town that makes their own, and they are by far better than anything I've found at supermarkets. Problem is they don't have a long shelf-life, and -- much as I like pickles, I don't tend to OD on them.

      Oh, and the pickles one can get at DiBruno's in Philly are pretty awesome as well. Similar brine to the one at the local store I mentioned above.

    2. Midlife Aug 16, 2012 12:10 PM

      Check out this post on this same board........ still active:


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      1. re: Midlife
        linguafood Aug 16, 2012 03:05 PM

        Excellent, thanks M! I'll check it out.

      2. t
        travelmad478 Aug 16, 2012 12:26 PM

        Ba-Tampte are the best. They are kosher dills but kosher dills are what my "homeland"--the NY metropolitan area--produces. I like the half-sours. Ba-Tampte also do garlic pickles.

        Vlasic pickles are nasty. Avoid them at all costs, as you should avoid any pickles that aren't in the refrigerated section of the supermarket.

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        1. re: travelmad478
          FrankJBN Aug 16, 2012 12:46 PM

          "you should avoid any pickles that aren't in the refrigerated section of the supermarket."

          I though Vlasic were the pickles in refrigerated section.

          I've been buying and eating unrefrigerated pickles out of pickle "barrels" for 50 years. Pick 'em out with tongs and drop in waxed bag. Have you ever? If not, don't disparage; if so, what's wrong with them?

          1. re: FrankJBN
            Midlife Aug 16, 2012 01:08 PM

            I'd offer that pickle barrels are not the same thing as jars which require processing to give them shelf stability without refrigeration. One is natural................... the other probably not.

            Where I live Vlasic is in the refrigerated section. They just aren't the best to my taste. Interestingly............ I've just concluded a 3 pickle test with my wife. It included Costco-bought Carnegie Deli, Trader Joe's Kosher Dills, and Boar's Head Kosher Dills. My vote was just in that order. My wife voted in the exact reverse. Go figure!

            1. re: FrankJBN
              travelmad478 Aug 16, 2012 06:09 PM

              I may be wrong but I thought Vlasic were in a non-refrigerated aisle. One way or the other, they are nasty.

              Pickle barrels are a whole different animal than pickles in jars. Correct, they are not refrigerated, but they also have a very different life span than pickles in jars. I have no problem with the pickle barrel--most of the time they're the best, but the OP was asking specifically about "commercial pickles," which to me implies jars.

              1. re: travelmad478
                smithareeny Aug 17, 2012 08:22 AM

                Claussen's are the refrigerated ones here. I like them. I also enjoy Bubbie's refrigerated and Costco's Carnegie Deli pickles. All are refrigerated. I find the ones one the shelf are just too limp.

          2. m
            mommydoh Aug 16, 2012 06:24 PM

            Nathan's makes some really good pickles. Their half sours are as close to my Mom's sun picles as any I've had. It's their horseradish slices that are addictive. Sweet slices with a horseradish kick. I think they're distributed nation wide. Look in the refrigerated deli cases.

            1. linguafood Aug 17, 2012 08:16 AM

              Thx for all the suggestions. Yep, these Vlasic were in the non-refrigerated section. I'll check the refrigerated one at Wegmans for Ba Tampte (what a strange name!), though I don't think they carry that brand.

              I'm just hoping the next pickle won't be sweet.

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              1. re: linguafood
                acgold7 Aug 17, 2012 09:21 AM

                It's Yiddish for "tasty."


                1. re: acgold7
                  linguafood Aug 17, 2012 09:33 AM

                  A-ha! Interesting!!

                2. re: linguafood
                  Perilagu Khan Aug 17, 2012 10:22 AM

                  I can't stand sweet pickles either. But I do love them heavily dilled and even more heavily peppered.

                  1. re: linguafood
                    CindyJ Aug 28, 2012 07:30 PM

                    I've bought Ba Tampte pickles and sauerkraut in the refrigerated section at Wegmans in Downingtown.

                  2. linguafood Aug 17, 2012 12:54 PM

                    I cheated and got barrel pickled gherkins from Kühne, a German brand. At least I know I'll like those :-)

                    FWIW, I did find the Ba Tampte brand, but only the garlic dills. I'll give 'em a shot once I'm done with my deutsche Gurken.

                    1. chefj Aug 17, 2012 03:18 PM

                      Bubbie's Pickles are very good but no sweetness at all.

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                      1. re: chefj
                        chefj Aug 17, 2012 03:19 PM

                        sorry I see someone already mentioned them.

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