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Are the New Dills out yet? (and where?)

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pearlD Mar 13, 2013 05:17 PM

Have been away all winter and coming home next week and yes, just in time for Passover! That's how I judge my pickles...still bright green and crunchy...no old dills for me...

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  1. jayt90 RE: pearlD Mar 14, 2013 11:11 AM

    Highland Farms has two or three brands in a cooler alongside anchovies and taramasalata. Buy the freshest; Strub's new dills are half sour to me, and get soggier at home.

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      pearlD RE: jayt90 Mar 20, 2013 07:07 AM

      Thanks 'jayt90'...tis true, particularly at this time of year 'all of the cukes' are imported..there are no local cukes...that being said, am glad to hear that you have tried the Strub's. I find the same thing..once the jar is opened they do begin to age and get soggy.. Strub's are my least favourite but if that's all there is I'll be buying at least one jar for now....Nathan's half sour/new have become number one for me.....

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      Smachnoho RE: pearlD Mar 20, 2013 05:43 AM

      You need cucumbers before you get dill pickles. Look outside the window: snow.

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        jayt90 RE: Smachnoho Mar 20, 2013 06:14 AM

        With respect, the pickle business is international, and formerly local firms will bring in cucumbers from Mexico and other locations.
        I tried Strub's new half sour dills (from RCSS) after I read the OP, and they were actually quite good, with a vinegar brine .

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          LexiFirefly RE: jayt90 Mar 20, 2013 07:12 AM

          Mexico, California and Florida have all had awful years so far.I wouldn't be surprised if we have to wait a little longer than normal for fresh pickles, or any decent produce, this year for that matter.

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            trane RE: jayt90 Mar 27, 2013 09:27 AM

            I really enjoyed the Strubs half-sours, Had Nathan's half-sours too, was very disappointed. No dill flavour, no strong sour or salty flavour either.

        2. Kagemusha RE: pearlD Mar 20, 2013 07:58 AM

          Half sours at Starsky aren't bad.

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            pearl3 RE: Kagemusha Mar 23, 2013 10:07 AM

            Second Starsky's raw dills--they've got that authentic indigestibility thing going. And I get a craving for them at this time of year too--along with rhubarb--and hothouse rhubarb occasionally surfaces at Starsky's about now, as well.

            Also, the supplier for those dills, I believe, is on Olivewood off Kipling, across from Boncheff's greenhouses--the name, alas, eludes me.

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              Kagemusha RE: pearl3 Mar 23, 2013 04:32 PM

              Love that "Food Zone" area east of Kipling, south of the TTC overpass down to the Queensway--Dimp's, Tymek's, European Meats, and the once somewhat shady North Fish--less shady now in its new location on Six Point Rd. Pasquale Bros. isn't far away.

              Sad that Boncheff nearly lost their shirts on their brief food fling a few years ago and went back to the greenhouse/florist biz exclusively. Their hearts were in it but the traffic just wasn't there.

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                pearl3 RE: Kagemusha Mar 23, 2013 06:49 PM

                Yes! That is one of the most soothing areas in the GTA, depending on your persuasion.
                Boncheff has always been a particular semi-private pleasure--before the greenhouses were renovated, when they still had running water and moss in the beds, and when there were two or three cats lurking around... And they put in that food section with the miniature vegetables and condiments... But you're so right; no foot traffic, no (or few) trendies to give them any volume there. I still go, though, and love the greenhouses full of basil plants on a cold day. I do buy plants there, as well as on the Lakeshore near Cawthra--place with a similar feel.

                I goofed, though, on Tymek's--it's on Advance.

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