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June 24, 2010


Best pickle ever? simple! An Amish farm I buy meats and things from also lacto-ferments and sells jars of things like pickles too. And they are the very best! Crispy and sour, the right amount of bite, and because they are lacto-fermented, sometimes just a hint of effervescence. Perfection in a pickle!

Best pickled vegetables (including cukes) are those made in the country of Georgia. Or... in Georgian restaurants. Amazing pickled garlic, pickled cabbage, pickled cukes, pickled tomatoes. The garlic is often pickled with a touch of beet juice, resulting in gorgeous purple cloves. I can eat a whole head of the stuff, even thought I'm not really a huge garlic fan in general.

Best pickle ... my grandmother's Tick Bush Dill's. Best canning experience ... I put up 150 cans of jam as wedding favors for my sis.

Best pickle is one I don't have to eat. This makes me a bad Jew and perhaps ineligible for the contest, but I've expanded my gardens and for the few items that make it from yard to kitchen I could really use advice on how to keep them.

I just started canning last summer. My grandmother used to make Bread & Butter pickles that my mother loved. I tried the recipe out of the Blue Book, and when my mom tasted them she said "They taste just like Nanny's" Success!

what if i tell you, not necessarily the best, but the most interesting? i'm from alaska (now living in new orleans) and back home i used to make pickled fiddleheads, you know those curled baby ferns that chefs occasionally go nuts over?
also in my well laden alaskan cupboard were pickled twisted stalk (streptopus amplexifolious), also called wild cucumber!
i never got to make 'em, but i did get to taste some pickled bull kelp once, it was great!
and now that i think about it, does fermented shark in Iceland count? though that certainly only makes the "weirdest" grade, not "best" by any long shot...

My Grandmother's bread and butter pickles recipe! I've actually just rediscovered it in the family recipe collection and really, really want to try it out. I love pickles and I feel it would be a great way to honor her life. She was a remarkable woman.
I've also been really interested in learning to can/preserve lately. It's a lost skill on my generation (heck, probably even my parents generation) and it would be a good skill to help keep alive. Besides, even if I don't win the book, I've totally book marked it in my to buy folder. :)

The day I discovered pickled beets was a revelation. I love beets in many forms, but I mostly eat them roasted, and so the tangy vinegar taste paired with the natural sweetness of the beet...mmmm.

I don't like pickles either, but my family does. I eat local, and I am definitely interested in ways of preserving the wonderful fruits and veggies that grow here in North Central Ohio, so I would use the book.

The best pickles I've ever had were pickled shiitakes I made from the Momofuku cookbook.

It all started when I decided to spend an entire day making ramen. Well, the broth is really what takes all day. I prepared for weeks (mentally, of course) and went to at least 3 different markets to get all the ingredients-- including pork bones. (Side note: my butcher which sells locally raised meat had had an entire pig delivered that day so these bones were fresh.)

In phases I boiled away 5 pounds of bones, a slab of bacon, 8 chicken thighs, some seaweed, various root vegetables, and shiitake mushroom. This broth is way more trouble than it's worth, as it turns out.

BUT, with all the leftover semi-boiled ingredients, at the end of the day not only did I have some crazy rich ramen, I also managed to make a massive amount of chicken salad AND pickled shiitakes (with soy sauce, red wine vinegar, fish sauce, sugar...mmmmm). The shiitakes were by far the highlight of dinner and now that I've been reminded of this whole ordeal, I definitely plan to make them again. Next time I might skip the whole "ramen" part, though.

Best pickle ever? Easy. They put out pickled veggies on each table at the local Jewish deli and those things are. the. best. Full stop. A little sweet, a lot briny. Mmmm... now I'm hungry.

I love the sweet hot pickles from Tony Packos in Toledo, Ohio. It's a little bit of home for me in Boston, and they are just so darn good!!! Maybe the cookbook has a recipe??

How about my own bread and butter pickles. I once had a man eat a pickle, look into my eyes, and ask me to marry him. He was cute too, to bad he wasn't serious :-D

Best pickle... hmmmm. Maybe this will work. I pickled some beets a few years back and immediately opened a jar for salad. Reduced the liquid and made a beautiful dressing to go with. I still dream of that stuff.

The best pickles I ever had were my mom's pickled beets, made from beets grown in our backyard in the Chicago suburbs twenty years ago. I have some farmer's market beets just begging for that pickle recipe! Of course, I also have to admit a continual obsession with Claussen's crispy crispy kosher dills.

OK - I love pickles (and all things sour and tangy) - but my husband doesn't particularly.

This means that I often make something, just because, and I end up eating most all of it. Hmmm, maybe I do that on purpose.

So we came up with half-sour recipe that does not require actual canning, just a few days in the fridge before they are ready -- and they last up to two weeks -- if we don't eat them first. We've been making them regularly and have had some available in the fridge for the past year -- see no reason to stop making the one or two jars at a time.

And of course, I LOVE pickled beets!

My grandma made the best dill pickles. They were left in their brine on the porch of her bungalow in the Catskills, the center of summer life for Jewish New Yorkers escaping the city heat. The pickles had much of the old country in them, with a garlicky bite and ultra satisfying crunch. The perfect refreshing summer snack, though I often ignored my mom's warnings, gorged on the salty treats, and woke up in the middle of the night parched.

The best pickles I ever ate were these huge ones my mom would occasionally buy for me when I was a kid. Juicy, almost too large for my mouth to fit around, and sour, these pickles make me love pickling for life. Now I'm obsessed with the pickles from Russo's in Watertown as well as those I can get at a local Jewish Deli. Nothing would beat making my own, though.

I'm a pickle fanatic and it is hard to pick just one. But as I was thinking about it, a pure and perfect memory came back to me. I'm about seven years old, and we've gone to NewYork to visit my grandparents. Mom has dragged us kids around muses all day and we are full of muies and dinosaurs and ravenously hungry. We go into a real old fashioned new York delicatessan to pick up food to eat on the train home. I've never been in a place like this (west coast child) and am stone cold fascinated by the deli case with it's bright salads, slabs of fish, a hundred kinds of cheese. Up on yop of the counter, above my head, is a gigantic glass crock full of equally gigantic pickles. I point it out to brother and sister and we set up a ruckus, clamoring for pickles. The pickles, when we get them, are so big we can't close our fists around them, and they are so briny and crisp and delicious my mouth fills up with water. I can remember everything about those pickles - the snap they made when we bit into them, the warty cool skin of them, the cloudy brine in the jar swirling with garlic and spices. Most of all I remember the feeling of being small and curious, wide eyed in a new place, with my mother beside me, teaching me, showing me, interpreting the world for me.

I love all kinds of pickles. Last summer, I was working in a grocery store and I decided to make it my mission to try every kind of pickles the store carried so that I could find my favorite. I discovered lots of good pickles and some mediocre pickles (I skipped over the sweet pickles...ick!), but it wasn't until my parents came to visit that I found my true favorite pickle. We were walking around the Public Garden and the Common when we happened upon the Grillo's Pickles cart. I bought some pickles and knew at once that I had found my favorites. They were crisp and fresh tasting, not soggy or flaccid like so many pickles are, and each jar is packed full of pickle spears, plus dill, grape leaves, and plenty of garlic. Plus, they're local. Now I buy Grillo's pickles whenever I can, and this summer I plan to try making my own pickles (and hopefully some jam, pickled beets, canned tomatoes, spiced apples...). I just lost my job, so I figure I should use this sudden abundance of free time to learn to do something useful, and canning seems to be the winner!

Simply put, I love the my own pickles...it's my grandma's recipe! It is simply delicious!

Fresh carrot and daikon radish pickles. Easy and even my 5 year old daughter devours them.

easy, Rein's Deli pickles - they serve 'em by the bowl and sell 'em by the bucket - it doesn't get much better for us!

Giant pickles on a stick at the WI State Fair!

Thai pickles - cucumber pickles with Thai spices: sour, salty, savory, sweet, and delicious! Went home from frisbee practice with one of my best friends and snacked on those while we made Pad Thai and an yucca desert.

I would also love Millie's daikon radish recipe and who can resist food on a stick, Bobbie? =)

I feel slightly pathetic putting this up against all of the homemade pickle tales, but my favorite pickle is Claussen brand mini-dills. That's what I ate growing up and now when I think of pickles, that brand is what comes to mind. Perhaps I need a good cookbook to help me broaden my horizons?

Oh man - a few summers ago, my friend Q brought dilly beans to my birthday party. I was pretty skeptical about pickled green beans until I actually tried them. I practically ate the whole jar by myself! Happy birthday to me!

Best pickle in my life-a sweet pickle out of a jar in my car. I was pregnant and craved sweet pickles and couldn't wait to get home to have one. My car smelled like pickles for months. I still crave them as I live in France and they don't do sweet pickles.

I second the pregnant with pickles! I was about 8.5 months preggo and we were in a deli ... that giant jar of gigantor pickles called to me. It was juicy, salty, pickle-y... and the guy gave it to me for free :) the little one kicked me square in the ribs immediately after my first bite. I can't wait to watch him bite into one of his own. I've always wanted to put these yummy california berries and tomatoes away for winter, but I'm clueless... book me! :)

Nice job, guys! Okay, I'm closing comments. The winner will be announced tomorrow!

oh maaaaan, I go out of town for a few lousy days and miss a chance for a pickle book! I'll have to go home and console myself with a batch of home-made Kimchi, made with Napa cabbage from the CSA.

I'm in Mexico right now and don't have access to my recipes for a few more weeks but a version of the carrot/daikon pickle recipe is in Joy of Pickling and I think the first time I saw something like it was on 101 Recipes blog (or maybe Simply recipes). Very easy: Julienned carrots and radishes, rice vinegar, salt and sugar. They only need about an hour to pickle and stay good for several days, although they get pretty stinky. I bet if you google the recipe, it will come up pretty easily.

It's easy, light and super good.

My aunt would make pickled watermelon rinds. They were surprisingly good.

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