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Aug 16, 2012 10:30 AM

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

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

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  1. 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

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

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      1. re: Midlife

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

      2. 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

          "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

            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

              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

                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. 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. 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

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

                  1. re: linguafood

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