I kind of lied. . .
Where I Buy Organic Pickles is kind of misleading, since the pickles that I buy are actually not organic.
HOWEVER. . .
They are truly fermented! Meaning, they contain live, probiotic cultures. Sometimes, you can’t have it all. And if given the choice, I choose non-organic live, fermented foods over organic non-fermented foods.
Most pickles that we can find in the grocery store contain vinegar, which means they don’t contain live probiotics. It’s salt and water that creates the fermentation process. Whenever vinegar or preservatives are added to these ingredients, it prevents or stops the fermentation process.
Calcium chloride or potassium chloride are the preservatives more typically added to pickles. Fortunately, most companies have recently (just this year!) stopped adding yellow food dye, although many still do. Although calcium chloride and potassium chloride are ‘natural’ ingredients, they weren’t designed to be added to fermented food products (in my opinion), since they prevent fermentation from happening.
Believe me, I’ve checked EVERY SINGLE jar of pickles that I can get my hands on at ALL THE STORES! I’m definitely OCD like that. They all contain at least one preservative.
And sadly, this includes Bubbie’s brand. 🙁
OK, so back to the ‘organic’ and truly fermented pickles that I buy. . . Not only are they a healthy source of probiotics, they are DELICIOUS! They have an amazing flavor that even my kids recognize!
Where do I buy these pickles, you ask? Well, I make them of course! JUST KIDDING!!!! Mabye someday I will. . .
The only two places I’ve been able to find truly fermented pickles are an online store called ‘Real Pickles’ (which unfortunately doesn’t serve Texas) and Polish grocery stores. (If they have ‘brined’ on the label, they’re the real deal!). I have a friend who introduced me to Polish brined cucumbers (pickles) a couple years ago, and there’s been no going back since. . .
So yes, I buy imported pickles from Poland which are not organic, but I figure the health benefits of the fermentation process outweighs the health benefits of organic pickles that aren’t actually fermented.
I used to drive to a Polish grocery store in Dallas to buy these pickles. Yes, they’re that good- worth a drive into Dallas to stock up each month. I would buy four or five 30 oz. jars each month (and yes, we always eat them all haha!)
But today, I discovered something wonderful.
THESE PICKLES ARE AVAILABLE ON WALMART.COM!
Did you hear me? I can order these pickles online and have them delivered to my front door!
Granted, I have to buy a case of 12 jars. But I know we will eat them, and they last forever since they’re a canned/fermented product. My pantry will just have to make room for them!
How much do they cost, you ask? It was $50.00 for a case of twelve, 30 oz. jars. So each 30 oz. jar costs $4.17. That, my friends, is no more than what you would pay for ANY brand of pickles at the grocery store. Also, it’s 2$ cheaper per jar than the pickles I was buying at the Polish grocery store.
Oh, and did I mention that shipping on Walmart.com is free? Yes, it’s free for any purchase of 50$ or more.
So there you have it. Another game-changer in my progress towards a 100% organic food diet on a budget for this busy mama!