HFCS Free – Bread & Butter Pickles

Posted on November 7, 2008 by Allie

I love pickles.  I can sit down with a little bowl full of sliced pickles and call it a snack.  My favorite sandwich growing up was pickles and cheese and nothing else.  But since I started reading labels more closely, I’ve realized there are two ingredients in many brands of pickles that I’m not happy about.

  1. Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine) – While it probably doesn’t shrink male organs, as many believe, it is known to exacerbate asthma in some people, and thought to increase hyperactivity in children.  While many people declare it to be perfectly safe, I simply don’t need Yellow No. 5 in my diet.  I’ve never heard of anyone having a Yellow No. 5 deficiency, and I don’t need my pickles to be yellow.
  2. HFCS - We all know about this one already.  High Fructose Corn Syrup is often found in sweet or bread and butter pickles.

Next year, I’ve decided I’m going to learn about canning and make my own pickles, but this year, I’m relying on Woodstock Farms Organic pickles to tide me over.

My current food obsession is their Bread & Butter pickles.  The ingredients are:

Organic Cucumbers, Organic Crystallized Cane Juice, Water, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Organic Dehydrated Onions, Organic Dehydrated Peppers, Organic Celery Seed, Organic Mustard Seed.

Now, we’re not going to pretend these are sugar free.  Organic Crystallized Cane Juice is a fancy name sugar.  But they are HFCS-free, they’re a nice, natural color, and they’re delicious!  Seriously, the best bread and butter pickles I’ve tried.

The next time I go grocery shopping, I’m going to pick up some Woodstock Farms sliced dills and some good cheddar for a sandwich.

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  1. I’m with you on the pickles and cheese. I always love a good dill wrapped in provolone. My ex-boyfriend’s mom made the best tiny dill pickles I’ve ever had. Might be worth contacting her just for the recipe.

    November 7th, 2008 at 2:57 pm
    Comment by Rach
  2. I am also a pickle fanatic. One of my favorite sandwiches is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich made with bread and butter pickles on a really good bread, or anything that’s not just plain ol’ white bread. The crunchiness of the pickles works well with the PB, and the sweetness of the pickles plays off the PB in the same way that jelly does. People who think this “sounds awful” are 90% surprised and quickly become converts. I used to take these to the office for a group snack and it was a big hit.

    November 7th, 2008 at 5:33 pm
    Comment by Sandy from Omaha
  3. I’ve never looked at the label for pickles! But I looooove bread & butter pickes. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten any.

    November 7th, 2008 at 7:16 pm
    Comment by MrsTwink
  4. ever had cosmic cukes??? they are sooooooooooo good. I used to buy them at the local co-op. I may have to hunt them out again.

    November 8th, 2008 at 1:01 am
    Comment by alanna
  5. We can’t be friends anymore.

    Okay, we can still be friends, just don’t try to force any pickles on me.

    Yuck.

    November 8th, 2008 at 3:22 am
    Comment by mickey
  6. Have you tried Bubbies Pickles? Their bread and butter pickles are also HFCS-free and delicious.

    November 9th, 2008 at 11:19 pm
    Comment by diana
  7. I second Diana’s post. Yay Bubbies!!!!

    November 10th, 2008 at 8:55 pm
    Comment by Kim
  8. [...] Woodstock Farms Organic Pickles – Bread & Butter or Dill, either way, I’m happy.  Until I learn how to make my own, these will be a mainstay. [...]

    January 7th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
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