R5 A Fine Brine

You don’t have to be Jewish to love pickles. But you do need discerning tastebuds. We asked Executive Chef Ethan Kostbar of Moderne Barn (430 Bedford Rd, Armonk 914-730-0001), who pickles baby carrots, radishes, and celery root, to taste-test 10 supermarket brands and tell us which is best.

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Gundelsheim Crunchy Dill Pickles
($4.49/24 fl oz)
“Very crunchy and sweet. Like a French cornichon. Excellent”
Boar’s Head Kosher Dill Whole Pickles
($3.99/26 fl oz)
“I can taste black pepper. Crunchy and well balanced. Really good.
Horman’s New York Deli Pickle
($4.99/32 fl oz)
“Great crunch factor but mild-tasting as there are not enough spices and herbs. Overall, though, a solid pickle.”
Mt. Olive Polish
Kosher Dills

($2/32 fl oz)
“Nice crunch. I can taste the dill. Right amount of vinegar.”
Whole Foods 365 Organic Kosher Dills ($3.69/24 fl oz)
“Crunch is okay. A little salty. An average pickle.”
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Trader Joe’s
Kosher Dill Pickles

($2.29/24 fl oz)
“Too soft—left in pickling juice too long. Not enough vinegar.”
Vlasic Polish Dill Spears
($3.39/24 fl oz)
“Good crunch but too much salt, sweet/sour balance is off, and funny yellow color.”
Stop & Shop Kosher Dills
($2.69/24 fl oz)
“Good vinegar component but otherwise weak-tasting. And food coloring is off-putting.”
ShopRite Kosher Dill Pickle Spears
($2/24 fl oz)
“Sour level good but there’s little crunch and I can’t taste any spices or herbs.”
B&G Kosher Dill Spears
($2.99/32 fl oz)
“Artificial yellow tinge. Mushy, like canned green beans. Too salty and not enough sourness.”

 

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