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News flash: Cucumbers aren’t the only thing you should be pickling this holiday season. “The cucumber is the true foundational pickle, but I think there’s a misconception that pickles are only cucumbers,” Hadjigeorgis says. “We pickle a variety of vegetables [at Jacob’s Pickles]. Right now, we canada goose victoria parka outlet offer cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, string beans, jalapeos and okra.”

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Make no mistake: The pickles should be the star of your board. Still, a really spectacular holiday spread canada goose outlet real may need a bit more. So what else do you include in your pickled platter?

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If pickling vegetables yourself isn’t your style, Hadjigeorgis suggests checking out your local farmers’ market to find unique, complex and tasty pickle varieties.

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