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Posted Thursday March 16th 2023

Pickles
A pickled cucumber is a usually small or miniature cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for some time.

EtymologyOrigins
It is often claimed that pickled cucumbers were first developed for workers building the Great Wall of China, though another hypothesis is that they were first made in the Tigris Valley of Mesopotamia, using cucumbers brought originally from India.

The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.

Types of Pickled Cucumbers

  • Brined
    Brined pickles are prepared using the traditional process of natural fermentation in brine, making them grow sour. Typically, small cucumbers are placed in a glass or ceramic vessel or a wooden barrel, together with various spices. Among those traditionally used in many recipes are garlic, horseradish, the whole dill stems with umbels and green seeds, white mustard seeds, grape, oak, cherry, blackcurrant and bay laurel leaves, dried allspice fruits, and-most importantly-salt. The container is then filled with cooled, boiled water and kept under a non-airtight cover (often cloth tied on with string or a rubber band) for several weeks, depending on taste and external temperature. Traditionally, stones (also sterilized by boiling) are placed on top of the cucumbers to keep them under the water. The cucumber's sourness depends on the amount of salt added (saltier cucumbers tend to be sourer).

    The fermentation process depends on the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occur on the skin of a growing cucumber. These may be removed during commercial harvesting and packing processes. Bacteria cultures can be reintroduced to the vegetables by adding already fermented foods such as yogurt or other fermented milk products, pieces of sourdough bread, or pickled vegetables such as sauerkraut.

    Brined Pickles Since brined pickles are produced without vinegar, a film of bacteria forms on top of the brine. This does not indicate that the pickles have spoiled, and the film may be removed. They do not keep as long as cucumbers that are pickled with vinegar and usually must be refrigerated. Some commercial manufacturers add vinegar as a preservative.
  • Bread and Butter
    Bread-and-butter pickles are a marinated variety of pickled cucumber in a solution of vinegar, sugar, and spices. They may be chilled as refrigerator pickles or canned. Their taste is often much sweeter than other types of pickle, due to the sweeter brine they are marinated in, but they differ from sweet pickles in that they are spiced with cilantro and other spices.

    Bread and Butter Pickles Omar and Cora Fanning
    Illinois cucumber farmers who started selling sweet and sour pickles in the 1920s. The story to the name is that the Fannings survived rough years by making the pickles with their surplus of undersized cucumbers and bartering them with their grocer for staples such as bread and butter. They filed for the trademark "Fanning's Bread and Butter Pickles" in 1923 (though the recipe and similar recipes are probably much older).
  • Gherkin
    Gherkins, or baby pickles, are small cucumbers, typically less than 5-inches in length, often with bumpy skin, which are typically used for pickling.

    Gherkin Pickles The word gherkin comes from early modern Dutch, gurken or augurken for "small pickled cucumber".

    • Cornichons are tart French pickles made from gherkins pickled in vinegar and tarragon. They traditionally accompany pates and cold cuts.
    • Sweet gherkins are also a popular variety. They contain sugar in the pickling brine.
  • Kosher Dill
    A "kosher" dill pickle is not necessarily kosher in the sense that it has been prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary law. Instead, it is a pickle made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers, with a generous addition of garlic and dill to natural salt brine.

    Kosher Dills In New York terminology, a "full-sour" kosher dill has fully fermented, while a "half-sour," given a shorter stay in the brine, is still crisp and bright green. Elsewhere, these pickles may sometimes be termed "old" and "new" dills.
  • Hungarian
    In Hungary, while regular vinegar-pickled cucumbers are made during most of the year, during the summer kovaszos uborka ("leavened pickles") are made without the use of vinegar. Cucumbers are placed in a glass vessel along with spices (usually dill and garlic), water, and salt. Additionally, a slice or two of bread are placed at the top and bottom of the solution, and the container is left to sit in the sun for a few days so the yeast in the bread can help cause a fermentation process.
  • Polish and German
    The Polish or German style pickled cucumber, was developed in the northern parts of central and eastern Europe. It is sour, similar to the kosher dill, but tends to be seasoned differently.

    Polish and GermanTraditionally, pickles were preserved in wooden barrels but are now sold in glass jars. A cucumber only pickled for a few days is different in taste (less sour) than one pickled for a longer time and is called low-salt cucumber. This distinction is similar to the one between half- and full-sour types of kosher dills.
  • Lime
    Lime pickles are soaked in pickling lime (not to be confused with the citrus fruit) rather than in a salt brine. This is done more to enhance texture (by making them crisper) rather than as a preservative. The lime is then rinsed off the pickles. Vinegar and sugar are often added after the 24-hour soak in lime, along with pickling spices.

Pickles During the Victorian era, pickles were considered a luxury food, meaning households that served pickles were wealthy enough to have servants or staff who could prepare pickles. Middle and upper class households often served pickles in pickle castors, a glass container in an embellished silver holder. The pickles were served with coordinated silver tongs.

Dill pickles have been served in New York City since at least 1899

Other Wikipedia Citings



Dill Pickles Aldi Park Street Deli
Aldi Park Street Deli
Kosher Dill Spears

Dill Pickles Aldi Park Street Deli Dill Spears
Kosher Dill Spears

Dill Pickles Aldi Park Street Deli Dill Spears

PARK STREET DELI KOSHER DILL SPEARS

INGREDIENTS: FRESH CUCUMBERS, WATER, SALT, VINEGAR, SPICE, GARLIC, 1/10 OF 1% SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), CALCIUM CHLORIDE (FIRMING AGENT).


Kosher Dill Pickles Boar's Head
Boar's Head
Kosher Dill Pickle Chips

Kosher Dill Pickles Boar's Head Chips

Kosher Dill Pickles Boar's Head Chips

Kosher Dill Pickles Boar's Head Chips Thin
Boar's Head Kosher Dill
  • Tasted a little like vinegar. Wonder if that's what good pickles are supposed to taste like?
  • They are very thin


Kosher Dill Pickles Bubbies
Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles

BubbiesOnly a Moby Pickle is good enough for Bubbie
Like all Bubbies Products, Her Dills are Gluten Free and Absolutely Delicious.

Fermented with Naturally Present Cutures

Kosher Dill Pickles Bubbies Moby

Bubbies Nutrition Facts

Kosher Brine Bubbies Keep Refrigerated
  • Keep Refrigerated
  • No Preservatives

BubbiesIt's the cloudy brine that makes it "Bubbies"
Bubbies traditional cloudy brine is a result of the natural fermentation process that gives us our pure kosher taste. Refrigerate Bubbies products to ensure they retain their unique flavor to the last bite. Shake or stir well before each serving.

Kosher Brine Bubbies Cloudy

Kosher Brine Bubbies Refrigerated Section
Bubbies are Found in the Refrigerated Section at the Grocery Store

Kosher Brine Bubbies Bite


Claussen Dill Pickles Halves

Claussen Dill Pickles Halves Nutrition Facts

Claussen Dill Pickles Sandwich Slices
Sandwich Slices

Claussen Dill Pickles Sandwich Slices Nutrition Facts

Claussen Dill Pickles Nutrition Facts

Claussen Never Heated Sandwich Slices
Never Heated

Claussen Kosher Dill Pickles Sandwich Slices

Claussen Dill Pickle Spears
Spears

Claussen Dill Pickle Refrigerator
Find them in the Refrigerator Section at the Grocery Store

Claussen Hot & Spicy Chips

Claussen Hot & Spicy Chips


Grillo's Pickles
Grillo's Pickle Spears
Classic Dill

Grillos Pickles2008
I started Grillo's out of a pickle cart in Boston, MA in 2008. The 100 year-old recipe was passed down from my grandfather. We still hand pack a few simple ingredients into each jar, giving you the crispest, most-delicious pickle possible. Enjoy!

Grillo's Pickles 10 Year-old Recipe

Grillo's Pickles Nutrition Facts

Grillo's Pickle Spears
Pickle Spears

Grillo's Pickle Ingredients

Grillo's Pcikles Refrigerator
Grillo's are found in the Refrigerator Section at the Grocery Store


SuckerPunch Garlic Dill Spears
Garlic Dill Spears

SuckerPunch Garlic Dill Spears Knockout Flavor

SuckerPunch Garlic Dill Spears Nutrition Facts

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TRANS
FAT

280mg
SODIUM
13% DV

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Nutrition Facts
1 servings per container
Serving size 1 Spear

Amount per serving
Calories 5

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0.00%
Saturated Fat 0g0.00%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0.00%
Sodium 280mg12.17%
Total Carbohydrate 0g0.00%
Dietary Fiber 0g0.00%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes 0g Added Sugars0.00%
Protein 0g0.00%

Vitamin D 0mcg0.00%
Calcium 0mg0.00%
Iron 0mg0.00%
Potassium 0mg0.00%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
CLAUSSEN KOSHER DILL SPEARS

INGREDIENTS: FRESH CUCUMBERS, WATER, SALT, DISTILLED VINEGAR, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: DRIED GARLIC, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM BENZOATE ( TO PRESERVE FLAVOR ), SPICE, MUSTARD SEED, NATURAL FLAVOR, DRIED RED PEPPERS, POLYSORBATE 80, OLEORESIN TURMERIC.