Claussen minis are the only pickle I’ll eat. They’re the only ones that are crispy all the way through, and unlike cornichons they’re pickled in brine and not vinegar. Not to mention that once pickles outgrow the mini stage they start to get mushy in the middle.
Nowadays I get most of my grocs through Amazon Fresh. They’ve been out of stock since March 6. I managed to get to a supermarket, which was also out of them. Went back the next week, still no pickles, so i asked someone, who told me they hadn’t been able to get any for weeks. I continued to check Fresh every day, and suddenly today they had them in. I ordered 7 jars–partly to meet the minimum order for free delivery, but also of course hoarding against future droughts.
They just got here. All 7 jars are labeled mini, but there isn’t a mini pickle in a single jar. They’re on the small side for regular pickles, but they’re well past mini and into the mushy zone.
Was there some kind of pickling plant disaster, during which the pickles were left unharvested, and allowed to grow too big? Has there been a permanent redesignation of what “mini” means? And what am I going to do with 140 ounces of mushy teenaged pickles?
Am I the only one who is living through this apicklypse?