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Mar 11, 2014 06:34 PM

New Half Sour Pickles at my local Market Basket.

I bought this new to me brand of Half Sour pickles recently and we just tried them tonight.
I enjoyed these more than the Ba-Tampte and Claussen that I usually see.
They come from Farm Ridge Foods in Islandia, NY.
Nice fresh taste and good crunch.

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  1. Which MB had those pickles? New half sours are the best!

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    1. re: PinchOfSalt

      This was at the MB in Haverhill by the Groveland bridge.

      1. re: Infomaniac

        Thanks! Sadly, not my usual stomping ground. I will look for them in Burlington...

        1. re: PinchOfSalt

          I picked some up from the burlington location last sunday, there were only 3 tubs on the shelf though, and its been kind of hit or miss at the billerica store the last couple of months I have noticed them. They can be found in the hot dog/sausage/prepackaged deli meat isle when they have them.

    2. I'm shopping Somerville MB on Friday. I'll report back if I can buy some there.


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      1. re: BostonZest

        They were at Somerville MB today. Thanks for the tip Infomaniac, they are great!

      2. It is too bad they have preservatives in them. The Ba-Tampte don't.

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        1. re: Raffles

          That's probably why I don't like Ba-Tample half sours.
          If you are speaking of sodium benzoate, the amount used is harmless, and probably makes the pickles healthier than non-preservative foods since harmful microorganism growth is slowed, oxidation prevented, and nutrients are preserved.

          1. re: Infomaniac

            FYI, sodium benzoate is purely antimicrobial. It doesn't have any antioxidant effects. Antioxidants are things like BHT.

            1. re: emannths

              Thank you for the correction. No BHT in these pickles if I remember correctly.
              BHT would be a concern to me as I think of it as one ode the bad preservatives.

            2. re: Infomaniac

              FYI, I do not think their are any nutrients in a pickle, just salt and a few carbs....

                1. re: Raffles

                  Actually, cucumbers have alot of micronutrients. Better to eat a pickle than a handful of chips!

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    Interesting read, but why does the nutrition list on the pickle jar state that there are Zero nutrients? Is it the difference between a pickle and a cuke?

                    1. re: Raffles

                      I think it is probably because "micronutrients", such as lignans, aren't something that are reported on a nutrition label

                      1. re: Raffles

                        Because they probably use standard industry reference information from Bowes & Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, the standard reference data source for decades....

              1. Found them in the Reading MB

                1. I picked up some at the Chelsea Market Basket, and also liked them better than Ba-Tempte. Very briney.

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                  1. re: Schnowzer

                    I have to disagree, I like the flavor of Ba-Tampte half sours more than these. The issue is that Ba-Tampte get over ripened quickly. I hope MB doesn't stop carrying Ba-Tampte as i will miss their tomatoes. I suggest going to your local deli for better half sours, I pick mine up at Lendy's in Saugus.