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Old 07-21-2006, 10:46 AM   #1
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Want: Recipe for deli pickles

I don't know exactly what these things are called, otherwise I'd just search for one myself. They're those (usually really big) pickles you used to find soaking in barrels at butcher shops and delis back when one could still easily find butcher shops and delis. I still occasionally come across a spear/slice of one sided with a Reuben sandwich or something at some restaurants when I'm travellilng. They aren't "hot", they aren't usually particularly crunchy, etc.

Anyhow...I wanna make em. Anyone know what they are formally called or have a recipe for em?

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Old 07-21-2006, 11:27 AM   #2
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Kosher dills. Or they might be a "half sour". Do you have a good source for the cukes?
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Old 07-21-2006, 08:24 PM   #3
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Well they wouldn't be kosher dills. I can buy those in a jar--completely different pickle. I might have to look into what a half-sour is though--that might be it.
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Old 07-21-2006, 08:28 PM   #4
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There was a thread several months ago on "half sours". Perhaps you can do a search and find it.
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Old 07-21-2006, 08:29 PM   #5
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Ummmm. Just because you can buy them in a jar doesn't mean they aren't a type of Kosher dills. I can buy half sours also, in a jar. And I have made half sours for a good friend.
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Old 07-21-2006, 09:16 PM   #6
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Any book on preserving would have a recipe. I made them last year. You need a large non reactive container and a lid of some sort to keep the cucumbers under the brine. I dont have the recipe for the brine and directions in front of me, but I can post it tommorrow.
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:03 PM   #7
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I will add that there are a number of different kinds of "dill" pickles--some not even having "dill". I might hazard a guess that the deli pickles might be "fresh pack" pickles. These are also sold in jars, by the way. Or in the dairy case, as in the case of Clausen's brand.
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:16 PM   #8
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The pickles I remember came in two major types. Dill (not kosher dill) and sour (not half sour). They would be there either in barrels or in huge glass jars and you bought them one at a time.

Later, delis began serving half sours with your sandwich. They always looked like they needed more pickling to me.

When my daughters were young, their big treat was a dill pickle from the deli. They'd sit for hours sucking the juices out then eat whatever was left.
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:15 AM   #9
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a Little off topic, but I will post it anyway

There is a great deli in Vernon CT off of Rt 84 called Reins Deli. They put a dish of half sours on the table as soon as you sit down, but if you ask then they will give you full sours too. They have a couple of bulletin boards as soon as you walk in that is loaded with Polaroid pictures. All the pictures are little kids and babies biting into the pickles, some with priceless sour faces.

We have been going to Reins for many many years anytime we take a trip to NY/NJ area. I couldn't wait to get my kids picture up there and now it finally is.

OK sorry for the hijack. Back to the subject at hand
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Andy, my dd used to eat the dill pickles at the movies. She would pass up candy and popcorn every time for a huge dill pickle.
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