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Who is BC Brine?

  • February 18, 2021
  • By Karen
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Who is BC Brine?

What’s cool as a cucumber, vinegary on the taste buds, and has that crunchy texture you can’t resist?

Pickles, of course! (To be specific, BC-grown craft pickles!)

What is pickling, anyway? Pickling is a method of food preservation that gives foods longer shelf life. Traditionally, the word ‘pickle’ refers to pickled cucumbers. Any other pickled food is referred to as “pickled beets” or “pickled peppers.” (Try saying that five times fast!)

Learn more about the science behind pickling!

BC Brine Preservatory takes pickling seriously! Made on their farm in Falkland in the North Okanagan, BC Brine Pickles hit all the marks of top-notch pickles. How do they do it? It’s simple: they believe that simple ingredients make the most delightful flavors.

Because you care where your food comes from, here is the story of BC Brine. Co-owner and operator Quinton Woronchak has spent his career working for large food processing companies. This inspired him and Allison Recksiedler to take a risk and start their own company to deliver the highest quality products to customers in BC and across Canada.

From the start, their business plan was on vertical integration. That meant growing the majority of their produce, making the pickles themselves, and designing their labels right on the farm. Why do they do it all themselves? Vertical integration allows for a sustainable and environmentally-friendly supply chain.

“There is no need for a majority of pickled products to come from around the world when we can make them right here, cut down our carbon footprint, and have a fresher, better pickle.”

-BC Brine

Today, they follow the same mission statement they were founded upon: Bring affordable, high-quality craft pickles to customers across Canada. It’s this commitment that has earned them a legacy in Falkland and across Canada.

Did you know that most pickles you find in grocery stores aren’t locally grown or produced? As we all know, investing in local small businesses can have far-reaching benefits. Not only is it better for the environment, it fuels local economies!

DeMille’s Farm Market, a family-owned market in Salmon Arm, was the first store to sell BC Brine’s craft pickles. Today, they’re on the shelves of over 175 stores in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, BC Interior, Kootenays, Alberta, and surrounding areas. 

Let’s get back to what matters most: the pickles! The lip-smacking pickle line-up at BC Brine includes: 

  • Dill Pickles
  • Spicy Dill Pickle Chips
  • Pickled Beans
  • Spicy Pickled Beans
  • Pickled Carrots
  • Pickled Celery
  • More pickled products are coming!

Get the full line up from their website here.

Now, pickled products are great for eating straight up. But there are endless ways to enjoy them, and we love getting creative. Here are a few suggestions: 

  • You can’t have a charcuterie board without pickles. (There are no exceptions with this one!)  
  • Add them to your favorite sandwich.
  • I recently made a gin Caesar with Sheringham Gin and adorned it with an assortment of BC Brine pickled products. So yum!
  • Add pickles or pickled celery in your potato or egg salad for a vinegary crunch. 
  • Pickles go great with peanut butter. (Don’t knock it until you try it!)
  • How about using the leftover pickle juice for a marinade?

There are health benefits to BC Brine pickles, too. They’re full of antioxidants, low in calories, and contain no additives, chemical preservatives, or added sugar. Pickles also help control blood sugar and are full of probiotics, which do wonders for our gut health and immunity.

In 2021, BC Brine’s only plan is to continue growing. They plan to upgrade their systems in their micro-cannery to expand their reach further. They won’t stop until everyone’s gotten to experience the exceptional crunch of BC Brine pickles!

It’s safe to say BC Brine – they’re a pretty big dill! 

Need to taste it to believe it? Order BC Brine pickles here! They offer free shipping on orders of 6 or more jars.

Follow BC Brine pickles on Instagram here, and follow me here to keep up with my foodie adventures!

BIG LOVE!!

Karen

By Karen, February 18, 2021
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