Monday, May 12, 2014

A Bargain Jar of Pickles


$3.99 for a gallon jar of kosher whole dill pickles. About 70 of them. Three to four-inches long and rather thick, too. As far as I'm concerned, the $3.99 gallon jar of pickles is the best deal at Costco.Yes, indeed.

A medium-size jar of kosher pickles at the supermarkets costs more than that. And, when I think how much a single Kosher pickle of this kind costs at a deli—oh, my!

The Husband and I bought our second gigantic jar of pickles last week. We went through the first jar in a little over two months. Uh-huh, we like our pickles. We don't eat a pickle every day nor do we each eat a pickle. Even though pickles contribute to our probiotic consumption, we gotta be moderate about it. We also do not want to get tired of these yummy pickles that take up a lot of space on the top shelf of the refrigerator.

The Mama doesn't care for pickles. Too sour. But, she does eye the jar, no doubt thinking about what could be stored in it. I asked her if she would like the first jar. Magnanimously, she answered, "Keep the jar." Cool! She can have this second jar. I still have no idea what to use the empty jar for. So many possibilities. One of which is a terrarium. Maybe an aquarium for goldfish. Molly the Cat wouldn't be able to reach in there.

Open-Faced Tuna Fish Sandwich

Have you tried deep-fried pickles yet? Me, either. But, what I shall try making one day are baked cheesy pickle balls. It's the same, simple concept as cheesy olive balls. Make a dough out of flour, cheese, and butter; next wrap pieces of the dough around small chucks of pickle; then bake at 400 degrees for  about 20 minutes.

The other day, I made open-faced tuna fish sandwiches that the Husband said was "Tasty!" and that the Mama ate all up. Molly took a nibble and smacked her lips, which I've chosen to interpret as a paws up.

It's a very simple recipe. Mix together some or all of these ingredients in a bowl (Add other ingredients that you like, too):
1 can of tuna
Diced pickle
Diced avocado
Diced olives
Diced red pepper
Minced green onion
1 heaping Tablespoon of mayonnaise
1 heaping Tablespoon of pesto (I used some from the jar we bought at Costco)
Black pepper to taste

Cut a sandwich roll in half, lengthwise. Hollow out each half, and then fill with the concoction.

As Julia Child used to say, "Bon App├ętit!"


12 comments:

  1. I have actually tried fried pickles. They aren't too hard to find here in Nashville!

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    1. Eating fried pickles in Nashville...would make a good country song title. :-)

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  2. I can not imagine having a deep fried pickle-lol I just can't picture it even when I see a picture:). I like pickles but I don't have them a lot. I love them with beef-no really. There is a German meal called roulade-really good. You need to buy the roulade pieces-thin pieces of beef. You place salt, pepper, garlic, any other spice then you place cut up onion, bacon and a cut up pickle and you roll it up like you would a cabbage roll and pin it with a toothpick. You do the rest(men can eat 2 I usually eat 1) and place it in the oven with water and cook it like a roast. Yum Yum, You can make the gravy and voila Rouladen

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    1. That sounds mighty delicious and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe. I will give it a try.

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  3. LOL I've gotten the huge jar at BJs (it's one of our warehouse clubs here) and so good! That's a lot of pickles for one girl though and alas no fun jar in the end because ours are just a plastic squared off one. Ah well. Happy munching!

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    1. Munch...munch...munch. We had a pickle for lunch today. It was perfect for this hot weather.

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  4. I love our Costco pickles and empty pickle jars as well. They occupy the top shelves in our pantry. Pasta, oats, all sorts of dried beans and peas, and assorted baking and cooking ingredients ... we love shopping in bulk too. :)

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    1. We started shopping at Costco 3 or 4 years ago when we saw that it was cheaper to buy the Mama's milk, cereal, and other staples there. And, then we discovered the savings in a whole lot of other stuff that we use. I love a good deal.

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  5. I love a good pickle and have passed that love down to my grandchildren. :)
    I've eaten deep fried pickles--it was kind of strange. Maybe I wasn't sure what to expect, they weren't my favorite.
    Mary @ The View from my World

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    1. I definitely must try fried pickles soon. :-)

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  6. Oh my stars...YUM! Those penny-pinchin' pickles pay for themselves, I say!

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