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sqwertz Apr 12, 2013 05:28 PM

Just pickled up a jar of the newish HEB branded fresh pickle spears "Zesty Kosher Dills" from the refrigerator section. Very nice. Better than the Claussens. The jar is bigger by (I think) 50% and costs $.20 less. They have a nice lemony bite to them. I've eaten 7 of the spears since 2 hours ago and used an 8th for my home-made jalapeno-pickle tarter sauce (fish sandwich tonight). Now I just have to try and refrain from drinking all the juice before I eat any more pickles! Check 'em out next time you're in a pickle for a pickle.

(can't vouch for the whole dills yet but I would suspect they're the same)

-s (Pickle Freak) w

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    jwynne2000 Apr 13, 2013 05:13 AM

    Have you tried Pogue Mahone pickles yet? They're a local pickler and I believe they've won some national awards. You can find them at farmer's markets with samples (ginger habanero...yum!). Fair warning though...they're 10 bucks a jar.

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    1. re: jwynne2000
      sqwertz Apr 14, 2013 01:30 PM

      $10/jar is a little too rich for my blood. Part of that price is to subsidize the cost of handing out all the many samples at the farmer's markets.

      I've taken to buying cheap sweet or regular pickle chips and spicing them up myself. A jar of Vlassic bread and butter chips with 12 drops of Melinda Naga Jolokia Sauce and left in the fridge for 2-3 days is better than all those designer "Sweet Hots" that cost 3x as much.

      1. re: sqwertz
        Ashforth Apr 14, 2013 03:23 PM

        Best Maid brand hot sweet pickles (available at HEB) are inexpensive and I think they rock. The jalapeno slices at the bottom of the jar are especially yummy.

        1. re: Ashforth
          sqwertz Apr 15, 2013 07:47 PM

          I can't say that my regular HEB for staples carries them but I'll check again. If not I'll pick them up at one of the other HEB's (I visit a lot of HEB's). I shy away from the regular Best Maid pickles since they are not fresh packs, but rather a salted and desalted pickle. Their regular pickles taste stale to me.

          One thing I like about using the Vlassic B&B pickles to make sweet hots is their thickness. I don't particularly care for any of their other pickles.


          1. re: Ashforth
            sqwertz Apr 17, 2013 01:07 PM

            Their "Xtreme Hots" were $2.24/jar minus a $1 coupon. So I pickled up two 24oz jars of them. They're pretty nasty (blech). I just added 2/3rd cup fo sugar to the jar and we'll see what happens.

            I didn't see any sweet hot versions at Parmer and I35 nor Manchaca and Slaughter. I don't see them on their website either.

            1. re: sqwertz
              Ashforth Apr 17, 2013 08:51 PM

              The ones i get at the HEB at Brodie and William Cannon are "Jalapeno Bread & Butters" and come in a small jar. They have a lurid green-yellow brine and are cut in slices that maintain a decent crunch for a non-refrigerated pickle.

              If you find and get them, I hope you don't hate them! I would feel bad.

          2. re: sqwertz
            TroyTempest Apr 15, 2013 09:50 AM

            In the same vein, I like to buy a jar of kosher dills and a jar of bread and butters and swap out the juice of each.

        2. slowcoooked Apr 18, 2013 06:36 AM

          I love (and some can't STAND) the Ba-Tampte half sours in the Kosher deli at Far West HEB for their fresh cucumber taste. Oddly though, they taste less salty but actually have considerably more salt than their more sour counterparts. That's the real rub with pickles - huge salt loads. You must have a pretty good sodium tolerance to down 7 spears in two hours! Bravo!

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          1. re: slowcoooked
            sqwertz Apr 18, 2013 11:32 PM

            Ba-Tampte has had some really bad quality control problems lately and I have been victimized by them the last time I purchased them. Lots of bad reviews out there from people who used to love them.

            Anybody tried the store-made(?) pickles at Han Yang Market. They have some normal fermented (half-sour) pickles as part of their kimchi lineup. They come in half-gallon jars for $10. I just get their cucumber kimchi which is usually superb, but some times it's just so-so and needs more aging.


          2. ericthered Apr 22, 2013 06:24 AM

            HEB is now carrying a new line of pickles and they are the Farmers Garden and several other flavors I think they're by Vlasic. I have tried the farmeers garden and they are pretty good. I also tried the Ba-Tampte half sours which are so-so but I do like their pickled green tomatoes.

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            1. re: ericthered
              sqwertz Apr 22, 2013 11:11 PM

              We had a thread of the Farmers Garden pickles here a while back. I found them to be extremely salty tasting and too strong on the vinegar.

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