Is it overstating the case if we liken pickles to Clark Kent after he dons his trademark tights and cape to become Superman? The mild-mannered reporter slips into a phone booth the same way that plain old cucumbers are dropped in a brine of vinegar and spices. Then, out comes something entirely extraordinary.
The Power of Pickles
The process of preserving vegetables, fruit, eggs, and meat by pickling them has been known the world over and practiced by ingenuous gastronomes for centuries. In addition to extending the shelf life of fresh foods, fermented pickles include probiotics that promote gut health, and pickles have a satisfyingly crisp, tangy flavor.
Top Pickle Brands
For a tasty snack or a slightly tart sandwich topper, try out these top pickle brands:
Named for company founder Rick Field, Rick’s Picks is a pickle company that’s not to be missed. Specializing in natural ingredients and packaged in a way that’s suitable for snacking, this company has all its bases covered, from beets to cukes.
Serving up choice pouches of marinated vegetables like artichokes, asparagus, and french beans, Poshi is powered by simple, healthy ingredients. Munch on these veggies for a scrumptious snack all on their own or use them to add flavor and texture to your favorite salad.
This producer of preserved fruits and vegetables is focused on providing the perfect cocktail garnishes. Fortunately, its pickled veggies are ideal for serving as savory hors d'oeuvres or for noshing straight out of the jar.
Here are some of our favorite selections for those trusty old standbys - pickled cucumbers:
Rick’s Picks Garlic Dill Snacking Pickles
Try a little trick with Rick’s picks. These garlic dill spears are a special snack all on their own. They also perfect for serving astride a Chicago-style hot dog or on the side with your favorite sandwich.
Organic Bread & Butter Pickle Chips
This jar of organic non-GMO bread-and-butter pickles is your sandwich’s new best friend. Try them on top of hamburgers or served alongside your favorite barbecue dish.
Vegan & Vegetarian Pickled Vegetables
When you think of pickles, think of more than just cucumbers, like these non-GMO veggies:
Tillen Farms Pickled Asparagus, Mild
A bestseller since the first days of Tillen Farms, these non-GMO Project Verified pickled asparagus spears are packed by hand into a mild garlic brine. Your Bloody Mary just got better.
Tillen Farms Dilly Beans, Mild
Tillen Farms’ green beans pickled in dill brine are delightfully crunchy and zingy. Serve these crisp little string beans on a charcuterie board or chop them up to toss in your favorite potato salad.
Pointers on Pickling and Related Processes
We’re here to share everything we’ve learned about the health benefits of pickling and popular pickle components like vinegar and veggies:
Fermentation: Flavor and Function
As with other popular fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi, pickles can contain powerful probiotics. Learn new types of fermentation and discover some really great recipes.
How to Make Green Beans
Sure, we’ll explore how to pickle green beans in this blog post. We’ll also share tips for roasting, grilling, steaming, and boiling this colorful little vegetable.
All about ACV (AKA Apple Cider Vinegar)
Perfectly adept as a part of the pickling process, apple cider vinegar has a wide variety of uses, both culinary and non-. Find out why we love this wonderful elixir.