|Farmer's Garden by Vlasic|
Never been a big fan of store bought pickles vs fresh homemade (we usually buy ours at a local farmer's market). Someday I'll tackle making our own but until then, when we do buy regular grocery store pickles, we do like Vlasic brand. They are always crunchy and always good. So imagine our surprise when we were in the store recently (a grocery store out by the farm, ironically) and saw these jars.
It is something new that Vlasic is trying. They are pickles of course, but made just like you might if you were canning them yourselves. No fake colors, no artificial ingredients, just veggies, seasonings and distilled water.
|Farmers Garden pickle jar vs Ball canning jar|
They are hand packed and bottled in a jar very similar to a standard Mason or Ball jar. Alas, I was hoping that the rings might just fit these jars but they do not. Oh well. The jars, once cleaned out, would still make for nice glass jar storage of things. There are five varieties according to the VLASIC WEBSITE.
So how do they taste?
Strangely enough, not as good as we had hoped. Vlasic pickles are usually very crispy (they know how to do that), but these were a bit limp and the carrots were a bit mushy as well. They might be hand packed but they are definitely over processed. The seasonings were also a bit lacking. In a jar such as this, I would hope to see some fresh dill, some peppercorns or maybe even some mustard seeds floating but nope, it's just the veggies and water. There just wasn't much flavor. In all fairness, it's possible we picked up an older jar that was maybe on the shelf longer than it should be. There is no way to know that for certain and it wasn't near the 'sell by' date. We appreciate the fact that they do not use artificial colorings and flavorings but feel these could be much better. To be honest, we like their regular Vlasic pickles better.
Alas, we think this might be more of a marketing ploy than anything else. That is a double edged sword...on the one hand, it could make people want to try more farmers market/fresher type foods or it could have the opposite effect...make some people think "farm fresh goods aren't all they are cracked up to be after all". And that would not be a good thing.
But hey, at least the jars are cool!
2 1/2 STARS OUT OF FIVE