Last week I was at the store and was perusing the pickle aisle and came across Gedney Homestyle Old World Spicy Dills. Apparently part of an entire product line, these were very similar to other major labels who have been putting out similar homemade style pickles in labeling, inclusion of cut up veggies, and some sort of backstory about how they follow old world traditions in pickling vegetables.
The ingredient list is fairly simple and is what made me decide to give these a try:
cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, carrots, sugar, jalapeno peppers, salt, garlic, calcium chloride, and dill seed
While I would have preferred they keep out the calcium chloride, an agent used to increase the salt taste without the sodium content and to help firm up the vegetables, instead opting for an ice bath before packaging, the rest of the list was just fine for me.
While the packaging was attractive and the vegetables included inside were nice, the pickles were sort of ‘meh’. First off, these were nothing more than Polish dills. Unfortunately for Gedney, they weren’t sweet enough nor spicy enough to meet even the basic standards of lower-priced brands such as Cub’s own Polish Dills which don’t include any of the fancy vegetables meant to catch the eye. Aside from the lack of sweet and spice usually reserved for this genre, they just didn’t carry much flavor at all. I mean, they sort of tasted like pickles but weren’t tart enough to bring out that usual pickle taste. The only good thing at all about these was that they were quite crunchy but that wasn’t enough to save them.
Overall while I haven’t tried the rest of the Gedney Homestyle, their Old World Spicy Dills are a big pass. If the rest of this sub-brand are going to be this lame, I expect to see them bouncing to rock-bottom pricing soon so if you’re a fan, stock up ;-)
Have you had Geney’s Homestyle Old World Spicy Dills? If so, what did you think about them? Have you had any other Homestyle items from Gedney? Which ones and what did you think of those? How about other brands, like Vlasic, trying to do the same thing? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.