I'm going to go home and fix myself a ham on rye for lunch. Naturally, I will have to have one of the dill pickles we canned in 2004 (25 freakin' quarts from only six cucumber plants, but that's a post for the vegetable garden thread). I hate to say it, but I actually like the taste of store-bought Clausen dills much more than our homemade pickles Maybe I'll try a different recipe next time we can pickles but in the mean time I have committed myself to not buying any store-bought pickles until we've depleted our own stores.
When most people think of pickles they immediately think of pickled cucumbers. Pickling, however, is just a preserving process and any number of vegetables can be pickled and preserved. Ever had spicy Korean kimchee? Guess what, that's just pickled vegetables with hot spices. Pickled peppers are sort of popular in these parts - most grocery stores stock them. I've even tried pickled carrots once - they were actually pretty tasty.
My all time favorite pickles, though were these Indian pickles (I wish I knew what they were called) I had at an Indian restaurant one time. What are some of your favorite types of pickle?