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Gurken Prinz Pickled Beetroot Salad: Product Review

I admit I’m a sucker for beets; I know that they are absolutely cheap to buy in their raw form, and pickling or marinating them is not difficult. That being said, I always buy some pickled beets from the store. They are just so delicious. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the Gurken Prinz Pickled Beetroot Salad at my local Costco; I already buy this company’s pickles gherkin pickles, and they are to die for, so I jumped on the occasion to try something new from the same company.

Gurken Prinz Pickled Beetroot Salad

Gurken Prinz Pickled Beetroot Salad

This jar contains 1.5 liters of pickled beets, or 50.7 ounces, and costs just $4.99. This comes down to 33 cents per 100 ml, which is a great price for anything these days, and for a delicious pickled beet salad, well!

Now, on to the salad itself. Unlike other pickled beets you may have bought before, which are usually diced or cubed, Gurken Prinz offers its pickled beets sliced thin. There are some small cubes in there, but they are definitely the exception. Despite the slices being quite thin, they still manage to retain their consistency, making them yield to the teeth just right.

They are obviously quite acidic, but not overpoweringly so, and not too salty. In fact, they are exceptionally delicious with a light sprinkling of Natural Flower Sea Salt (which you can also get at Costco).

Here are the ingredients for this pickled sweet and spicy beetroot salad:

  • Red beets
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Caraway
  • Horseradish

End of list. I doesn’t really get more natural than this. Of course, since there are no preservation agents, you have to make sure to refrigerate the container after opening it, and to eat it all within three weeks. It shouldn’t be a problem.

Each serving 100-gram serving contains only 10 grams of sugar, and 15% of your daily salt, which is really not that bad, unless you severely overindulge. Don’t look for vitamins, proteins or anything else in there. Pickled beets are the perfect side, but they’re not really nutritious.

In closing, one of the things I really like about the Gurken Prinz Pickled Beetroot Salad is that it comes from Austria. I’m not talking about the recipe, but the whole thing. Pickles, jar, label and all. It comes from the province of Burgenland, which is the smallest and least populated Austria province, on the border with Hungary. I don’t buy many products from Austria, which has a long and glorious history, so it’s fun to get something as simple as pickles from there.

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.