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Confused by the endless labels covering egg cartons, milk cartons, meat packages, and more, co-founders Sally and Jenna dove into articles and white pages to cut through marketing BS and find out what was really worth their hard-earned dollars. Realizing friends and family wouldn’t or couldn’t put that time into self-education, the friends launched The Pickle to provide must-know shopping info on everyday ingredients in a short, witty, non-preachy way. The Pickle does the research on good food so you don't have to. Because food should be delicious, not confusing.

Mission: To create a healthier, more sustainable food system by empowering consumers to make easier, faster, smarter choices at grocery stores and restaurants.

Sustainable chicken options scarce at your market, but still craving those waaangs for the big game? The struggle is all...
02/02/2018
Buffalo Cauliflower Is a Surprisingly Great Wing Substitute

Sustainable chicken options scarce at your market, but still craving those waaangs for the big game? The struggle is all too real. Until local grocery stores get with it, consider buffalo cauliflower! https://www.bonappetit.com/story/buffalo-cauliflower-wedge-salad?mbid=nl_nl20180131pm_recipeoftheday&CNDID=8172178&spMailingID=18698463&spUserID=MTM3ODMwNzUwNDU3S0&spJobID=1163007365&spReportId=MTE2MzAwNzM2NQS2

The cauliflower tastes so much like boneless chicken wings, it's unreal.

When it comes to sweet potatoes, do you like it SWEET? Try out Trisha Yearwood's Sweet Potato Souffle on Leite's Culinar...
11/17/2017
Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe | Leite's Culinaria

When it comes to sweet potatoes, do you like it SWEET?
Try out Trisha Yearwood's Sweet Potato Souffle on Leite's Culinaria, it'll satisfy your sweet tooth! Thanks for sharing with us, Beth Price!

This sweet potato souffle recipe is whipped sweet potatoes topped with pecans, brown sugar, and sweet creamy butter. Nothing is better on Thanksgiving.

With all the pies to look forward to on #Thanksgiving and beyond, we are loving these not-too-sweet sweet potato recipes...
11/13/2017
14 Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving That Are Just Sweet Enough

With all the pies to look forward to on #Thanksgiving and beyond, we are loving these not-too-sweet sweet potato recipes from Serious Eats. What is your favorite way to make #sweetpotatoes? Share with us in the comments!

http://www.seriouseats.com/2017/11/thanksgiving-sweet-potato-recipes.html

Roasted, mashed, pie'd, even grilled—Thanksgiving sweet potatoes are good for so much more than casserole (though, yes, we've got a casserole, too). Here are 14 of our best recipes to showcase their versatility.

Fun #TurkeyWeek fact: Ben Franklin wanted the turkey, rather than the bald eagle, to be the national bird of the United ...
11/03/2017

Fun #TurkeyWeek fact: Ben Franklin wanted the turkey, rather than the bald eagle, to be the national bird of the United States.

What labels do you look for, or avoid, when buying your Thanksgiving turkey? Not sure? Don't miss this week's Pickle new...
11/01/2017

What labels do you look for, or avoid, when buying your Thanksgiving turkey? Not sure? Don't miss this week's Pickle newsletter, carving out the juicy must-know facts about our favorite Thanksgiving poultry! And let us know in the comments which turkey questions you'd like to have answered! Gobble gobble!

Pumpkin for beauty! Errr my gourd! https://domino.com/best-pumpkin-beauty-products?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&...
10/27/2017
Pumpkin Mask, Face Cream, Oil For Hair Beauty Products

Pumpkin for beauty! Errr my gourd! https://domino.com/best-pumpkin-beauty-products?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10.26%20Daily%20Active%20Non-Openers&utm_term=102617_DailyActive_NonOpeners

Looking to take your PSL addiction into the bathroom? Well, we've rounded up the best of the best pumpkin skincare, just in time for National Pumpkin Day. Our favorite pumpkin masks, face, and body beauty products to grab for fall.

Delicious and packed with nutrients and fiber! Plus gluten freeeeeee!
10/19/2017
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Delicious and packed with nutrients and fiber! Plus gluten freeeeeee!

Enter your best guess below...no cheating!
10/17/2017

Enter your best guess below...no cheating!

Tahini Banana Bread? YES PLEASE! We're totally feeling everything tahini after hanging with Yotam Ottolenghi on his #eat...
10/12/2017
Tahini Banana Bread

Tahini Banana Bread? YES PLEASE! We're totally feeling everything tahini after hanging with Yotam Ottolenghi on his #eatsweet cookbook tour. A Cozy Kitchen, we can't wait to try this!
http://www.acozykitchen.com/tahini-banana-bread/

Have you ever looked at that list that Google publishes each year, listing out the most Google-d recipes?! It’s sort of fascinating and it’s really no surprise that banana bread is usually on the list. People love making banana bread. And it’s sort of a duh, of course they do kinda thing because...

This week we're peeling back the layers on BANANAS. Did you know you can make ICE CREAM out of bananas and...well, just ...
10/12/2017
One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream & 4 Flavours

This week we're peeling back the layers on BANANAS.

Did you know you can make ICE CREAM out of bananas and...well, just bananas! Learn how to make ONE-INGREDIENT BANANA ICE CREAM, plus 4 flavorful (and super natural & healthy!) riffs. Thanks, That Clean Life! https://blog.thatcleanlife.com/one-ingredient-banana-ice-cream/

It is thought that ice cream may be the downfall of us all one day. Ice cream in the summer is not only ubiquitous, it is imposing. It declares its presence and demands to be eaten. With ice cream trucks all over the streets and soft serves on the beach,

No wrong way to eat a banana? What do you think...cool or just wrong?! Tell us in the comments!
10/11/2017
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No wrong way to eat a banana? What do you think...cool or just wrong?! Tell us in the comments!

Putting this week's Pickle together like.... (that's right, this week we're talking 'naners! What do you want to know ab...
10/11/2017
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Putting this week's Pickle together like.... (that's right, this week we're talking 'naners! What do you want to know about your favorite pajama-wearing fruit? Tell us in the comments!)_

We always encourage less-processed, homemade treats, but let's face it, sometimes those packages are just TOO DARN TEMPT...
10/11/2017
The Great Pumpkin Spice Taste Test: 25 Products, 7 Winners

We always encourage less-processed, homemade treats, but let's face it, sometimes those packages are just TOO DARN TEMPTING! If you're going to test out Pumpkin Spice products for yourself, here's what Bon Appétit Magazine says is worth your hard-earned dollars https://www.bonappetit.com/story/great-pumpkin-spice-taste-test?mbid=nl_nl20171009pm_recipeoftheday&CNDID=8172178&spMailingID=17145937&spUserID=MTM3ODMwNzUwNDU3S0&spJobID=1083394567&spReportId=MTA4MzM5NDU2NwS2

The taste test that sent people screaming from the room. THE HORROR. THE PUMPKIN SPICE.

Pumpkin Spice: It's in our coffees, doughnuts, chips, and dog food. It's a $361 million dollar industry. Why? Because it...
10/06/2017
Why Are We So Obsessed With Pumpkin Spice?

Pumpkin Spice: It's in our coffees, doughnuts, chips, and dog food. It's a $361 million dollar industry. Why? Because it's a safe way to feel like we're being adventurous, and it's got the holy grail of marketing: scarcity.

It's not about the taste.

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice FTW!
10/06/2017
How To Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice FTW!

As the leaves start to change color and cheery pumpkins show up on doorsteps, summer seems like a distant memory and we're smack-dab in the middle of fall

Getting into that Saturday headspace on a Thursday. That, friends, is the power of coffee!
09/28/2017

Getting into that Saturday headspace on a Thursday. That, friends, is the power of coffee!

If you can dream it, you can do it. Happy Thursday, friends!
09/28/2017

If you can dream it, you can do it. Happy Thursday, friends!

Arabica, Robusta...what's in your cup? What do you WANT in your cup? If you're not sure, this nifty infographic can help...
09/28/2017

Arabica, Robusta...what's in your cup? What do you WANT in your cup? If you're not sure, this nifty infographic can help you decide.

Today we learned from our friends at Imperfect that crystallized honey often can't be sold in grocery stores because of ...
09/22/2017

Today we learned from our friends at Imperfect that crystallized honey often can't be sold in grocery stores because of its appearance, even though crystallization is just a sign that honey is pure, natural, and unfiltered! 😧

Imperfect is our food hero of the day, because they're working hard to turn this around, partnering with @bayareabeecompany to find a sweet home for their crystallized honey. 🙌This partnership "supports a local business, shows some love for the bees that pollinate our crops, and offers our community a sweet treat. It's a bee-utiful win-win-win and for that we are truly thankful! 🐝💚 " #nationalhoneymonth #honey #crystallizedhoney #beekeeping #savethebees #ImperfectLuv #uglyfruit#uglyveg #uglyfruitandveg #uglyproduce#uglyproduceisbeautiful #savetheuglies #imperfectproduce #uglydelicious #seasonalfood #nowaste

Let honey be your tailgate MVPs this weekend: Grilled Wings with Honey Drizzle! This recipe offers FOUR great variations...
09/21/2017
Grilled Salt-and-Pepper Chicken Wings

Let honey be your tailgate MVPs this weekend: Grilled Wings with Honey Drizzle! This recipe offers FOUR great variations on the honey drizzle, including Horseradish-Honey Mustard Drizzle and Cracked Pepper-Rosemary Honey Drizzle!

Broiler option: Broil on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan 8 inches from heat 20 minutes or until done, turning halfway through.

Try swapping honey in for some or all of the sugar in your baking recipes, especially where brown sugar is called for. A...
09/21/2017
Honey–Chocolate Chip Cookies

Try swapping honey in for some or all of the sugar in your baking recipes, especially where brown sugar is called for. And experiment with different honey varietals...be brave!

Used in place of brown sugar, honey adds a deep, floral sweetness to these chewy, crisp-edged chocolate chip cookies.

Think honey is only for drizzling on toast and into tea? Think again, and think savory! Like this awesome charred brocco...
09/21/2017
Charred Broccoli With Manchego, Hazelnuts, and Honey Recipe

Think honey is only for drizzling on toast and into tea? Think again, and think savory! Like this awesome charred broccoli from Serious Eats http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2017/09/charred-broccoli-manchego-hazelnuts-honey-recipe.html

Broccoli and cheese gets grown-up treatment with this easy update to the classic. The broccoli is cooked hot and fast under a broiler to develop some char instead of a bland blanch. It's then cloaked in a blizzard of finely shaved manchego in place of that orange stuff. A final touch of toasted haze...

Is honey bee vomit?! Kind of, but not exactly.Nectar is stored in an organ called the “honey stomach” which is part ...
09/20/2017
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Is honey bee vomit?! Kind of, but not exactly.

Nectar is stored in an organ called the “honey stomach” which is part of the bee’s esophagus. But the honey stomach is a specialized organ designed to expand and store nectar until it can be carried back to the hive.

Once the forager bee returns home she regurgitates the contents of the honey stomach and transfers it to a house bee, which will begin to process the nectar into honey.

https://honeybeesuite.com/monday-morning-myth-honey-is-bee-poop/

When i's Monday...but it's also Honey Week at The Pickle! We'll be serving up sweet facts and tips that will stick all w...
09/18/2017
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When i's Monday...but it's also Honey Week at The Pickle! We'll be serving up sweet facts and tips that will stick all week, follow along here, on insta @picklesocial, and on the newsletter!

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How to Tell If an Avocado Is Ripe Squeezing can bruise the flesh--there's a better way! Check under the stem for a sneak...
09/13/2017

How to Tell If an Avocado Is Ripe

Squeezing can bruise the flesh--there's a better way! Check under the stem for a sneak peek of what's going on under the skin.

If the stem comes away easily and you find green underneath, you've got a good avocado that's ripe and ready to eat.

If you find brown underneath, the avocado is overripe, and you're likely to find brown spots inside the fruit.

And, if the stem doesn't come off, the fruit is not yet ripe enough to eat.

We're big avo-cates of this fail-proof method!

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