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Bick’s Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles at Costco: Product Review

A nice short little review for you guys today, for the simple reasons that I’m reviewing one of the simplest, most amazing products ever sold, at least according to my wife, who is pickle-crazy: Bick’s Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles, which can be picked up at Costco or at a million other places. Until researching for this review, I had no idea what an absolute great snack pickles are, so there you have it.

Bick's Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles

Bick’s Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles

One of the first thing I noticed about this product is that besides the fact that pickles are quite solid, and if dry, would certainly be sold by weight, they are here sold by volume. The jar indicates that this is a 2-liter container, and thus contains a total volume of 2 liters, including both the pickles and the liquid and everything else.

This 2-liter jar cost $4.99 at Costco, and is blessedly free of taxes. This price is very much lower than the competition, as a quick Amazon search will tell you. Of course, shipping charges on a jar of pickles are going to be expensive, so better make sure you want them. They are still much cheaper then the brick-and-mortar competition, and Bick’s is a name you can trust for crunchy, tasty pickles. Like Vlasic.

What about the pickles themselves? This is where the review gets short and to the point: they are delicious. They have just the right amount of crunch, just enough garlic to taste without ruining everyone else’s day, and they are not too salty, which is often the problem with pickles, or other marinated, pickled goods.

One thing I find incredible about these pickles is how low calorie they are; sure, the package says “Low Calorie!” but really, how low can you really go?

How about 3 calories per pickle? That’s right, 3. Three, not thirty, not three hundred. Three.

They might as well say zero, because I get the feeling that if you ate only pickles, you would die of hunger, eventually. You’d probably suffer from high blood pressure by that time, too, since every pickle contains 11% of your daily sodium intake, or 270 mg. Don’t look for vitamins or minerals in there, either, because they have simply been omitted.

But damn, they are tasty!

As long as you don’t go overboard, they really are the perfect snack. They taste amazing, have no calories to speak of, and no fat. Just a bit of salt, like any self-respecting snack should.

Since this is an in-depth review, I will include the ingredients that go in making Bick’s Premium Garlic Baby Dill Pickles. Here you go, in order of importance:

  • Cucumbers
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Dehydrated garlic
  • Calcium chloride
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Seasonings – I guess this is where the ‘dill’ resides

These pickles are made in the USA, and imported into Canada by Smucker Foods of Canada, from Markham, On.

Despite the fact that the jar is huge, and will take a lot of room in your fridge, these baby dill pickles are too good a deal to pass up. Stock up and make sure you always have them on hand for burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, or just as a relatively healthy afternoon snack for the kids, or yourselves. I’m going to each one or three right now.

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin: Product Review

When my wife and I started thinking about having a second child, it became important to take our health, and our baby’s possible health seriously. Our doctor recommended, among other things, that my wife take a Prenatal Multivitamin. Now that our daughter is among us, my wife continues to take the same multivitamin, as it is recommended for breastfeeding mothers as well as expectant ones. The last bottle we had was branded Materna, however my friendly Costco pharmacist assured me that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing.

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

During pregnancy, the mother’s stores of vitamins and minerals are heavily solicited, as the growing baby requires a lot of these to… well, grow. Taking a prenatal multivitamin helps maintain the mother’s health by ensuring that she doesn’t run out of these essential nutrients herself.

For example, many mothers report having teeth issues during and after pregnancy, such as pain, decay and cavities; this is caused by the fact that the growing baby is leeching the calcium to grow its bones directly from the mother’s bones and teeth, as not enough is available elsewhere. An easy way to avoid this is by taking a calcium supplement. Don’t forget the magnesium.

Taking a prenatal multivitamin can also help ensure the health of the baby, by helping reduce the risks of neural tube defects, the most well-known of which is Spina Bifida. Here are the active ingredients and components of the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamins. Feel free to compare them to more expensive vitamins.

  • Beta Carotene- 1500 mcg
  • Vitamin A – 300 mcg RAE
  • Vitamin E – 13.5 mg ATE
  • Vitamin C – 85 mg
  • Folate (folic acid) – 1000 mcg
  • Vitamin B1 – 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin B2 – 1.4 mg
  • Niacinamide – 18 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 1.9 mcg
  • Vitamin B12 – 2.6 mcg
  • Vitamin D3 – 10 mcg
  • Biotin – 30 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid – 6 mg

And now, for the minerals:

  • Calcium – 250 mg
  • Magnesium – 50 mg
  • Iodine – 220 mcg
  • Iron – 27 mg
  • Copper – 1000 mcg
  • Zinc – 7.5 mg
  • Chromium – 30 mcg
  • Manganese – 2 mg
  • Molybdenum – 50 mcg
  • Selenium – 30 mcg

For those of you who’d rather check out the label, here it is; I trust that I’ve reproduced it faithfully and more legibly above!

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Now that we’ve established that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing as the brand-name Materna, which was confirmed by a pharmacist, what about price?

Once again, Costco comes through: the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin costs only $8.79 (plus tax) for 300 tablets, for a minuscule price of $0.0293 (less than 3 pennies) per tablet. That’s pretty cheap for something that’s important to the health of my wife and my child. Just for comparison, the Materna costs about $18 per bottle, for less tablets, and so is about 3 times more expensive, in real terms. It’s still not much when you’re talking about health, but why throw money out the windows?