Pickles are a daily treat in the Big Fun household, and we're always looking for new kinds to try. We're fairly stuck on the "kosher dill" variety, so between that preference and the grocery chains' habit of sticking with a few big-name brands, the pickle pickins are often pretty slim. We'd pretty much settled into buying only Mount Olive koshers, and we pay extra for the little teenincey ones because they're so crunchy and perfect also for dicing for tuna salad and such.
But then we wandered into the Harvest Foods in Riverdale and found a huge stack of cases of Gabriela pickles, both minis and spears. The price? $1.25 for a 24-ounce jar, less than half the cost of Mount Olives. We nabbed one jar of gherkins, chilled it, popped it ... and fell in love. Absolutely the best pickle we've ever tried. As you can see, the taste is helped along by dozens of cloves of garlic, chunks of red bell pepper and a bunch of mustard seed.
We figured this was some odd-lot closeout, so we returned to Harvest and loaded up the remaining 36 jars -- a $47-plus purchase that must have been among the 10 largest of the day.But the manager popped out and told us he was about to reorder and that the $1.25 price was the standard.
A label examination revealed that Gabriela was a "Made in Ind ia" product, proving that computer programming and call centers aren't the only thing that are cheaper in Bangalore.
Pickle fans are strongly urged to seek out this bargain delight ... and to tell ol' Big Fun if there are other pickle picks we need to partake in.