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  • #608373

    Torah613Torah
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    What is the best brand of cucumber pickles?

    #942627

    popa_bar_abba
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    I would like to buy pickles from Brooklyn Brine. They have a hashgacha, but it is not through an agency, it is just a rabbi working on his own. And I don’t know him, and I’m not aware he was ever affiliated with a certifying agency.

    So I’m not buying them.

    #942628

    2scents
    Participant

    Flaums (but only the family pack)

    #942629

    ED IT OR
    Participant

    Really????????

    #942630

    rebdoniel
    Member

    Batampte. They’re lower in price than any other brand and you can buy them in any store.

    #942631

    apushatayid
    Participant

    commercial. claussen. freshly picked, the pickle guys.

    #942632

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    So can someone figure out who this guy is, and why I should rely on him? Bec I really really wanna buy these pickles.

    #942633

    rebdoniel
    Member

    I saw that as of last year, Brooklyn Brine Company was “working” on getting hashgacha.

    If they were smart, they’d just get the OU or OK or Kof K to supervise them. That way, they’d be able to sell all over the world in every kosher market and they’d have a nice, lucrative operation.

    #942634

    yentingyenta
    Participant

    the pickle store on the LES

    #942635

    brooklynbrine
    Participant

    Hey all, Shamus here with Brooklyn Brine. Our Rabbi is Samuel Gringras, he can be reached at (212) 673-4576. Our certificate is a Kashruth, and our symbol is K with O C S written into it. We are located at 574 President st, serving fresh ferments aged in oak bourbon barrels and other seasonal pickles. Our store hours are m-sat 9-5. We can be reached at (347) 223-4345 with any questions. Thanks for your interest in our company. Cheers!

    #942636

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    @brooklyn brine

    Thanks for coming to post here. Your stuff looks really good and I’m kind of dying to buy a jar.

    I can’t seem to find any hits when I google his name, or OCS. I can’t really rely on a kosher certification unless I can verify that it is from someone who is experienced in the industry and who has standards that I can trust. If I don’t know the agency personally, I’d need to rely on other people who do know it personally.

    That’s why it is always really best to have a name brand certification. Such as the OU, OK, Chof-K, Star-K, cRc.

    #942637

    twisted
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    Twisted’s Pickles. We stock cucumber in brine, cauliflower in brine, turnip in brine. We also do saurkraut. Trouble is you need to come to me in Jerusalem for samples. For the free and the brave, here are some recipe outlines:

    Standard brine: 1/4 cup salt to quart, use kosher salt, do not use anything iodized. Using only the freshest produce, pack a 2quart/litre clean glass sealable jar. Add 3-4 cloves garlic, and tablespoon of pickling spice (coriander black peppercorn, mustard, dill seed, allspice, cinnamon, black cumin (ketzach, black nigella). Boil enough brine to fill the stuffed jar. Cap and let cool. Refrigerate. Cucumbers are done in a day, but more complexly flavored in one week.

    For the really adventurous, try to get a large crock of say 3 gallons. Fill with cucumbers and spices, layered with fresh grape leaves (seasonal). Fill with cold brine, seal with food grade large plastic bag filled with water. Let stand two weeks. If not invaded by kahm yeast, you will have medium sour perfectly crunchy pickles

    #942638

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    twisted: I like full sour pickles. How long does that take?

    #942639

    🍫Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    My husband makes awesome pickles. And he makes me a special jar for me with no chili peppers in it.

    #942640

    PBT
    Member

    Best American brand is Bubbie’s. However, the very best are the ones from Eretz Yisroel kibbutzim, such as Yavne and Darom.

    #942641

    DaMoshe
    Participant

    Pickle Licious in Teaneck makes the best pickles. They’re fresh with no added preservatives. Lots of flavors, and all under the RCBC hashgocha.

    #942642

    playtime
    Member

    Claussen Pickles Hearty Garlic Deli Style Sandwich Slices

    Hands Down.

    They could be found at your local shoprite refrigerator section. but they aren’t cheap.

    #942643

    brooklynbrine
    Participant

    @ poopa_bar_abba check out this video at the 5 minute mark, it shows our factory getting inspected:

    Cheers!

    edited. I’m sorry, we don’t allow outside links on this site. You can try giving instructions on how to google for the video, although, I doubt that a video would be enough for most kosher consumers. They’d probably want independent verification of who the certifier is and why he is qualified to be certifying. -Mod 95

    #942644

    apushatayid
    Participant

    I have a feeling this will spiral downward quickly and thread should be stopped.

    We’ll see. If it spirals, we’ll close it.

    #942645

    Toi
    Participant

    poopa- ha ha. you stink.

    twisted- im fully ready to come get a sample. shouldnt be more than a ten minute busride. but i only eat badatz rubin and landau.

    #942648

    🍫Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    popa, just eat them. I don’t think any bacon grease got on the cucumbers while they were in the vegetable store.

    🙂

    #942649

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    syag: In this case, I’m most concerned about the keilim and the barrels, since probably many of the things are davar charif, and assur even if it is eino ben yomo.

    #942650

    🍫Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    I am well aware. That was a joke.

    #942651

    ari-free
    Participant

    I like Guss pickles. Especially the spicy ones.

    #942652

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    #942653

    Yserbius123
    Participant

    NOT VLASTIC!

    I personally like Batampte and Gus’s. The Batampte pickled tomatoes and garlic pickles are especially yummy.

    #942654

    ari-free
    Participant

    Vlasic are polish pickles which means they add sugar and vinegar. Israeli pickles have vinegar but no sugar. Jewish sour pickles have no vinegar or sugar. They ferment naturally which is why there is a thick cloudy brine.

    #942655

    twisted
    Participant

    poppa, it took us a spell to eat the 8 kilo batch, and they soured as they went. You could also try transferring to or starting in a wooden container, and the barrel I am sure has its influence. In the crock recipe, the tannins from the grape leaves contribute is the key.

    Syag, I suppose you would not like my pickle jalapenos.

    Toi, this establishment operates on the eid ehad neeman bissurim metnod, but you could come for a tutorial.

    #942656

    apushatayid
    Participant

    The Pickle Guys in Brooklyn will pickle anything for you. Last time I was in there, they were pickling watermelon and what looked like kumquats (I’m sure this is spelled wrong).

    #942657

    🍫Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    twisted – not at all, but my kids sure would. His recipe is a lot like yours but he doesn’t boil the brine and we over-do the garlic. It’s the best part. He also pickles green tomatoes.

    #942658

    twisted
    Participant

    Syag, green tomatoes is an art form and I am a stickler for green cherry tomatoes, which is very tough to get in quantity unless you grow it yourself. Also in EY there are only hot paprika types, not thick walled like jalapeno, so I made just 35 ml from a single plant. This year iyh, there will be thirty plants. It’s a mild jalapeno named Pizza.

    #942659

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I’m agonna make me a pickles tonight. I just posted it here to make sure that I do.

    They’s gonna be the best thing since spent beer grain bread.

    #942660

    Toi
    Participant

    syag- im in. how do we figure this out? maybe ask a mod to email me your number?

    #942661

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    I like Israeli pickles best, the ones that come in cans that say Galil on them. I see that I have very sophisticated tastes!

    #942662

    🍫Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    Toi – I thought you weren’t in the US. I guess I would have to mail it then. Or come to a starbucks in Chicago and I’ll run some over! I never tried pickles with my coffee but I am willing to consider it.

    #942663

    🍫Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    Torah613Torah – I only like those when they’re chopped up in salads.

    #942664

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    And I made pickles. Lots and lots of pickles. I put in some hot peppers that I bought. I made one big jar (the wal mart size) and one small jar (the clausen size).

    I put some rye in the small one. ^—^

    #942665

    You should hire me, I will certify it.

    #942666

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    When you say rye, do you mean the grain, or alcohol?

    #942667

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    The grain alcohol.

    #942668

    twisted
    Participant

    Funny, I just used a recipe that called for pickle juice in the rye bread.

    #942669

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    And I made pickles. Lots and lots of pickles. I put in some hot peppers that I bought. I made one big jar (the wal mart size) and one small jar (the clausen size).

    I put some rye in the small one. ^—^

    And they are both covered in thick white mold. And look terrible. And I’ll wash off the mold and eat one tonight and see what happens.

    #942670

    nitpicker
    Participant

    the white mold that forms in homemade pickles and makes the liquid cloudy is harmless. You sometimes see it in commercial pickles as well.

    and adding a small piece of rye bread to the pickling jar was common practice. the idea was that it causes it to pickle faster and better. Don’t know if it is true.

    #942672

    i think Strub’s pickles their from canada are the best pickles also their hot peppers

    #942673

    This thread makes me think of delicious and healthy Sauerkraut too.

    #942674

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    Did you survive, Popa?

    #942675

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    Thank you nitpicker. I always wash pickles in case that white stuff is on it, I’ve seen it a couple of times. Good to know that it’s harmless.

    #942676

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I opened the small jar and the pickles themselves were kind of gross, so I threw it out. Maybe I’ll eat the bottom layer from the big jar.

    #942677

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    so I threw it out

    That’s okay, they were probably ??? ???? ????? ????. 😉

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