Best Pickles
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More pickles than ever are being eaten each day, including new and innovative varieties – from long, thin, flat cuts for stacking on sandwiches, to fiery Cajun-flavor ones for snacking. Practically every crunchy vegetable is now being pickled in several degrees of heat, sweet and sour.

Archeologists and anthropologists believe that pickling began in ancient Mesopotamia around 2400 BC.  As early as 1400, the English word pikel meant "a spicy sauce or gravy served with meat or fowl". The middle Dutch word pekel referred to “a solution for preserving and flavoring food”. In the modern English language, it was expanded to include brining for preservation, and also referring to the resulting products.

Believed to provide physical and spiritual strength, pickles were fed to the armies of Julius Caesar and Napoleon. Apparently, Cleopatra also ate large amounts of pickles to preserve her beauty.

Pickling isn't only about procedure, it is about tradition and community. Different cultures throughout the world pickled to preserve fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish. During good harvest seasons and bad, pickling assured safety and extended the freshness of food. Whether pickles are sold from a pushcart or bought in a supermarket, the simple reason for their longlasting popularity is because they taste good.


Dill pickles



Dill Pickles – This is the most popular variety of pickles, and includes:
Genuine Dills are "processed" by adding dill weed to the barrels during the last stage of fermentation. Their flavor is more concentrated and sour than other dill pickles.
Kosher Dills are made the same way as regular dills, but plenty of garlic is added to the brine towards the end. "Kosher dills" are not necessarily produced according to Kosher laws, but refers to a flavor profile.
Overnight Dills are fresh cucumbers that are brined in the refrigerator for only a few days. Bright green and crunchy, they taste fresher and less acidic.

Sour/Half Sour Pickles – These crispy and green pickles are refrigerated throughout the entire process.  Fresh cucumbers are placed in a non-vinegar brine; the longer they remain in that brine, the more sour they become.

Sweet Pickles – Many parts of the US traditionally prefer sweet pickles made with a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and spices in the brine. Variations include:
Bread and Butter:  Circle-cut cucumbers, onions, and chopped peppers cured in a sweet, tangy brine.
Candied:  Pickles cured in a sweet syrupy brine.
Gherkins:  Miniature dill or sweet pickles.

"On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar." 
 -Thomas Jefferson

The Fifty Best Pickles



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Sat. August 5, 2017 1:18 AM - by: Ashley
im trying to find these really good pickles I heard of from texas any suggestions cool math games
Wed. December 28, 2016 8:37 AM - by: Ron Loeb
The Best Pickles I ever tasted are Farm ridge Foods UNTYPICAL Pickles.
Fri. October 14, 2016 9:43 AM - by: Alex Chan
Pickle Licious in Teaneck, NJ is my favorite! SO GOOD
Wed. August 31, 2016 7:14 AM - by: Stephen Leibowitz C P M ( CHIEF PICKLE MAVEN )
There is only one pickle that made New York City famous GUSS' PICKLES since 1920 from the Lower East Side. IMITATED BUT NEVER DUPLICATED. The best out of the barrel pickles on the planet. Opening this spring of 2017 at the brand new DeKalb Market Hall at City Cener 445 Gold Street, Brooklym, New York
Thu. May 26, 2016 3:30 PM - by: Alex Rainey
Randy's Pickles in Cleveland, OH are by far some of the crunchiest best dill pickles I've ever had. They would definitely qualify on this list I would think!
Mon. May 2, 2016 12:58 PM - by: Cinnamon Crabb
The best pickle I've ever tasted is from NUTPOP Pickle Co. in Orlando FL. They also have a bunch of other veggies and flavors. The spicy curry chips are AHHHHmazing!
Wed. April 13, 2016 2:06 PM - by: Ashkk
Uhm y'all forgot Heinz pickles...
Fri. April 1, 2016 10:04 AM - by: Colten Gill
Don't miss Picklesburgh! A 35' Heinz pickle balloon flies over the 9th St. Bridge in Pittsburgh, turning the city into a celebration of all things pickled. Taking place this year July 15 and 16, it's a really big dill!
Tue. March 29, 2016 11:17 PM - by: jimocracy
Claussen, you morons! It's the best pickle and y'all didn't even put it in your top 50?!? Well, shows what you know!
Tue. March 15, 2016 4:00 PM - by: Steve
You Folk's are missing out A-1 Eastern Homade Pickles, in Los Angeles. Sold at Kosher Deli's,and Resturants. One of the very BEST.
Sat. March 12, 2016 3:58 PM - by: Terry Komar
Does anyone remember Mrs. Neusihin's Kosher pickles sold in Portland, Oregon? The best ever. Anybody know who bought them out and where I can get them now?
Fri. February 19, 2016 3:46 PM - by: Rich G
When I was a kid, I lived a block and 1/2 away from BaTampte......, Used to help ourselves to some of the barrels going to school and return home, mmmmmm love the Half Sours and Sourkraut, peppers and tomatoes. They also produce great deli mustard.
Mon. February 1, 2016 12:03 PM - by: hilary
Don Hermann and sons are great pickles in the cloudy brine
Sat. October 31, 2015 1:21 PM - by: Amy
Jack Carlson, I LOVED Max's pickles. When I couldn't find them I tracked down the company. And spoke with them. They closed. About 20 years ago. :( Gus's is good too. You can order them online.
Wed. October 28, 2015 4:04 PM - by: Jim McCulloch
I live in Simi valley,California and I can't find any actual dill pickles that aren't kosher. Were can I find them to purchase?
Fri. September 25, 2015 11:49 PM - by: jack carlson
does anyone remember max of a kind can find them any more does anyone know anything about them where could or recipe for them thanks
Wed. September 23, 2015 6:15 PM - by: Sherwin Studner
Looking for only new cucumber pickles
Tue. September 8, 2015 12:23 PM - by: kelly
Elman's Elman's Elman's-BEST pickle on the market-bar none!!! Do yourself a favor an grab a jar!
Sat. August 1, 2015 9:19 AM - by: lynne baron
I love the Bubbies products, but can't find pickled tomatoes anywhere in Dallas. Please let me know where I can buy them in the Dallas area.
Fri. July 24, 2015 9:26 AM - by: Charles Hankins
What about the healthy pickles that are fermented naturally and do not use a vinegar base? I've heard of a company in Austin, Texas that has this type. "HAT CREEK PICKLE CO."
Thu. July 23, 2015 10:16 AM - by: Fred Summers
Thanks for the information. I didn't realize so much goes into making pickles. II love learning the history of certain foods. I think it's interesting that Cleopatra ate a lot of pickles for her beauty. It isn't that much different than today.
Fri. July 10, 2015 10:08 AM - by: Kristi Murray
Where's Gunnar & Jake's Gourmet Pickles & Peppers? They make the best & most Amazing flavors on the market today! They make Gourmet Dills, Gourmet Habanero Dills, Gourmet Pickled Beets, Gourmet Dilly Green Beans, Gourmet Pickled Okra, Gourmet Pickled Turnips, Gourmet Pickled Jalapenos, Gourmet Stuffed Jalapenos with Proscuitto & Cheese, Gourmet Pickled Gardeneria, Gourmet Spicy Cauliflower, & Gourmet Pickled Asparagus...The Best Around!
Sun. April 19, 2015 3:36 PM - by: Ben
Britt's Pickles should be on this list. I've had Bubbies and McClure's. Britt's are better than Bubbies, and in my opinion at least as good as McClure's, which is a pickle that I love.
Thu. March 26, 2015 10:30 AM - by: Eddie
I am trying to find good pickles in gallon size or larger. I am located in Orlando. thanks Eddie
Sat. January 17, 2015 12:42 PM - by: Leigh
@freedog77. They're Del - Dixie sour pickles. Packaged by Best Maid.
Mon. October 6, 2014 5:45 PM - by: bernie Robart
i think burger kings pickles are the best. Does anyone know what kind they are?
Sat. October 4, 2014 11:31 PM - by: freedogg77
im trying to find these really good pickles I heard of from texas any suggestions
Wed. August 13, 2014 10:35 AM - by: Jeanette
We used to buy "other" cold pickles at the grocery store, but now after tasting Chill Dill's Original we don't like anything else! All of their varieties are super crispy & have a totally unique flavor. A must try for all pickle lovers!
Tue. August 12, 2014 2:21 PM - by: Amanda
Chill Dills are the absolutely best! Tampa is lucky to have em'!Yummmm!
Tue. November 12, 2013 7:10 PM - by: BC
You gotta try Grillo's Pickles! Fresh Pickles that are diamond grade in a natural brine. Both hot and italian dill will knock your socks off. Whole Foods carries them...tried them at the NYC pickle festival. Wow!
Mon. August 26, 2013 9:16 AM - by: Russ Harper
I believe the very best storebought dill pickle I have ever had is Gedney state fair norwiegan dills. I can't seem to find them lately
Mon. June 3, 2013 12:22 PM - by: Editor
Terrie, your daughter can try the A-1 Eastern Home-Made Pickle Co. They are the pickle supplier for Langer's and other great delis in L.A.
Thu. May 30, 2013 7:55 AM - by: terrie gomel
My N.Y. born daughter lives in L.A. and cannot find real sour pickles anywhre. Can you help her?
Mon. April 15, 2013 8:44 AM - by: Jenn
Fresh Crunch Pickles are awesome. They are based out of Washington, DC
Tue. April 17, 2012 4:33 AM - by: Glen Sussman
I can't believe you guys don't have Divine Brine on this list!! They won first prize for the best dill pickle at last year's International Pickle Festival at Rosendale, NY
Thu. March 3, 2011 11:48 AM - by: Jacquie
I agree with Payton...once you have Elman's pickles, there's no eating anything else! I love them and I am waiting patiently for them to be available in my town in British Columbia.
Thu. January 20, 2011 8:47 PM - by: Harold Callaway
Conscious Choice brands ...Francis Cowley/ Harolds 2x and 4x ..spicy gourmet pickles are as good as it gets!!!Who writes this list and how do we get them to taste.To Taste is To Beleive
Thu. November 25, 2010 8:32 AM - by: Payton
You obviously haven't tried Elman's pickles.

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