Other People’s Preserve is my opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the very delicious jams, pickles, and condiments being made by dedicated professionals. If you see one of these products out in the wild, consider picking up a jar, tub, or bottle!
I am exceedingly fond of pickles with attitude. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take a crunchy spear just about any way it comes, but when pickles immediately telegraph personality like McVicker Pickles do, I am sold before I even pick up the jar. And if they are crisp, earthy, and just slightly spicy like the jar of Rainbow Cumin-Pepper Carrots you see up above, well, consider me in pickle heaven.
The brain behind McVicker Pickles is Kelly McVicker. Raised in the prairie, she brought her pickling know-how to San Francisco and has been sharing it with the Bay Area (and beyond) since 2012. In addition to making a variety of pickles for sale, she also teaches preserving classes (including some really fun sounding ones like Whiskey Picks Not Whiskey Dicks: Pickling With Beer & Booze).
This jar came to me by way of Garibaldi Goods, the third installment in a monthly series we’ve been doing together. Garibaldi Goods is an online shop that features artisanal, small batch products all made in the fine state of California (place of my birth!). This month, you can get free shipping on all of their products by using the code “foodinjars”. The code is valid through April 30, 2015.
Disclosure: The folks at Garibaldi Goods sent me this jar of McVicker Pickles for sampling and photography purposes. All thoughts and opinions remain entirely my own.