So what’s the dill?

Did you know Pickles got their start more than 4,000 years ago, when ancient Mesopotamians began soaking cucumbers in acidic brine, as a way to preserve them. Since then, they have been a staple in cultures around the globe, renowned for their heartiness, health benefits and delicious taste.
Dill pickles are known for their tangy and slightly sour flavor profile. They are made by fermenting cucumbers in a brine solution that typically contains dill weed and garlic. The result is a crisp pickle with a strong, savory taste that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Dill pickles are commonly used in sandwiches, burgers, and salads to add a burst of flavor and texture. They also make for a popular snack on their own and are often enjoyed alongside deli meats and cheeses.
Bread & butter pickles orginiated during the Depression, when cold cuts and cheeses were both scarce and expensive. Cucumbers were plentiful, so making sammies with salted butter on white bread and a layer of these sweet pickles became a staple.

These pickles are made with cucumbers that are thinly sliced and then pickled in a brine made of vinegar, sugar, and spices like mustard seeds and turmeric. Often times onion is added to the mix, which adds to the overall flavour. The result is a pickle with a hint of sweetness that balances out the tanginess of the vinegar. Bread and butter pickles are a popular choice for adding a touch of sweetness to dishes. They are often used in sandwiches, relish trays, and even chopped up in tuna or chicken salads to provide a tangy and sweet kick. This is our pickle of choice at the café as it complements our chicken sandwich and smash burgers perfectly!!

Which pickle would you pick?

When it comes to choosing between dill and bread and butter pickles, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and the kind of taste vibes you are looking to achieve. If you prefer a tangy and savory kick, dill pickles are the way to go. However, if you’re going for a sweeter and more subtle flavour, bread and butter pickles may be the better option. Whether you are a pickle aficionado or just trying out something new, experimenting with different types of pickles can open up a world of delicious possibilities. My grandma used to scold me when I was little for digging into the pickle jar with my fingers (what a little animal!).  Since then, I’ve learned a little pickle self-control… I still eat them out of the jar, but grandma would be pleased to know I use a fork instead of my fingers!

If you’re in the Toronto East area, and a sudden pickle craving hits you, stop on by our café and give our Mother Clucker sandwich a try or one of our beloved smash burgers served on our buttery biscuits (available Thursday - Sunday during Daisy’s Dinners 4pm-8pm). You can even pick up a jar of Grandma’s Bread & Butter Pickles or if you’re ‘too lazy to visit Daisy’, you can have them delivered straight to your door!