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Dill Pickle Spears

To see if the quality of supermarket pickles had improved in recent years, we put five kosher dill pickle spears to the test.

What We Learned

With chefs and home cooks pickling everything in sight these days, we wondered if the quality of supermarket pickles had improved in recent years. Most supermarket pickles are what the industry calls “fresh packed,” meaning they’re made by soaking fresh cucumbers in vinegar and salt. The pickles are then either pasteurized, making them shelf-stable, or immediately packed in jars and...