Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Randy's Pickles

I don't often share product reviews with you, but when I do, I like them to be products that I truly love and want to spread the word about. Enter...Randy's Pickles.

Started in 2012 as a weekend hobby of pickle-loving Andrew Rainey, Randy's Pickles is now making hand-packed, small batch pickles at the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen. You can buy them online on their website, at a select few restaurants and farmers markets, and at over 44 retail locations. This now includes Giant Eagle Market Districts and Heinen's.

I first discovered their pickles at the Old Brooklyn Farmers Market. It only lasted one summer, but man, I enjoyed having the small market just around the corner. At least it brought me Randy's Pickles. Now, Mr. H and I like to pick them up at The Grocery in Ohio City, and I've been pleased to see them on the shelves of local grocery store chains.

Randy's Pickles contacted me to see if I'd like to review their product recently. I said "Yes, please! I'm already a fan." I had only had a couple of their pickle flavors. They sell six standard styles, but will often have special seasonal styles as well. They sent me the Spicy Dill, which is the original that Rainey made with his grandmother when he started this pickle-making adventure.
Large, firm and crisp, and just the right about of sour, it made a perfect addition to my lunch. Pickles and gooey grilled cheese just plain work.
We already had their Bread 'N Butter style in our refrigerator the day that the Spicy Dill arrived, and I personally love their Black Pepper Chip Pickles on a burger. Their seasonable Sideburns have been a hit with us too. The visible char marks from the grill just make them look cool, but that smokiness adds some interesting flavor to the pickle. 

I've always been a pickle-lover, but these are top notch. Plus, it's a local Cleveland company, which seals the deal for me. So, go run and get yourself some Randy's Pickles. You won't be disappointed.

Disclosure: I received one jar of Randy's pickles in exchange for this review. All opinions stated are 100% my own, and I've purchased their product on my own for years.


bonnjill said...

I'm glad you got to do this. You definitely did them a great service with this review. Glad to support local companies, and I'm thrilled to hear about your experiences with their other pickle flavors as well.

TribeChic said...

I will now be on a pickle buying venture. My mom used to make the best pickles but as she has gotten older she is cutting back on canning and it's one thing I haven't had her teach me. Beets, chili sauce, peaches, and pears, but I haven't gotten to the pickles. I've tried some quick fridge recipes that I like but I haven't been disappointed in one of your recommendations so out I will go to find some of these!

Unknown said...

Metropolitan Market in Pepper Pike started carrying the Deli Style pickles....1 jar of those sent me directly to Randy's website to see their other products....Just ordered the "Grandma Knows Best" Peppers....& looking forward to that delivery....The pickles truly rocked - great taste...(funnily enough - at Metro Mkt the pricing for the pickles was lower than Randy's website, before shipping charges - same size jar....not sure why.