Bubbies Fine Foods had the honor of being featured in Jackson Family Wine’s cookbook Season.
They even brought 100 pounds of our Kosher Dill Pickles to Austin Food + Wine Festival so that they could make this Dill Pickle Dip for their guests.
Here’s the excerpt from the cookbook:
Janet’s Mom’s Dill Pickle Dip
“We think a picnic should have a dip. And not just for enjoying with chips. A creamy, tangy dip like this one can be the “secret sauce” of the whole event: the dollop you spoon right onto your plate and eat with everything from the crudités and bread to the chicken. We like to make it with Bubbies dill pickles and serve it with Kettle brand Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper Krinkle Cut potato chips. You probably won’t have any left over, but if you do, try it as a sandwich spread.”
11⁄2 cups firmly packed, finely grated, and well-drained dill pickles
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
3⁄4 cup mayonnaise
1⁄2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons powdered ranch seasoning mix
1 large bag good-quality potato chips
When grating the pickles, use the fine holes on a box grater and place the grater on folded paper towels to help absorb the pickle juice.
In a medium bowl, combine the pickles, tarragon, dill, mayonnaise, sour cream, and ranch mix and stir to mix well.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The dip tastes best if made 1 day in
advance. Serve with the potato chips.
Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay
A leaner-style steel-fermented Chardonnay without butter won’t overpower the dip’s fresh flavors
You might have wondered why at the grocery store, some pickles are stored on the shelves and some are in the refrigerated section. For Bubbie, it’s all about crunch and fermentation!
Shelf stable products don’t require refrigeration for a few reasons.
They have preservatives in them.
They have been pasteurized.
Our Kosher Dills, Dill Relish and Sauerkraut are naturally fermented products and cured in salt water brine using a lacto-fermentation process. While salt brine will keep food safe for consumption for a little while without refrigeration, the cold keeps the crunch!
Most of Bubbies food products should remain safe to eat if left out of refrigeration for a couple of days because of their very high acidity. Bubbies cannot guarantee the quality of improperly stored foods, and consumers must use their best judgment when consuming them. If left out for a couple of days, Bubbies fermented foods will become a bit softer and sourer; Bubbies Horseradish may begin to change a darker color, may separate and lose pungency; but all should still remain safe to eat.
On the other hand, Bubbies Bread & Butter Chips are shelf stable and do not require refrigeration until opened, but must be kept refrigerated thereafter. Our Pickled Herring Fillets should be kept refrigerated at all times and discarded if not stored properly.
If you have any questions about Bubbies Fine Foods please contact us at email@example.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!
Have you ever noticed the artwork on a Bubbies jar?
We know you might be distracted by the deliciousness inside the jar, but the label of each Bubbies jar has a fun illustration on it. From Bubbie having a picnic with bears, to Bubbie turning cabbage and peppers into her famous sauerkraut, each illustration tells a story.
So who is behind these adorable labels?
Her name is Valerie Valdivia and she has been creating artwork for Bubbies Fine Foods since 2014. We wanted to take you behind the scenes and share a little bit about her!
While her artistic journey only began with Bubbies five years ago, she has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. She got serious about studying art while attending Chapman University, obtaining a degree in Graphic Design. She’s been practicing and developing her digital artwork through illustrations since then and is constantly learning new ways to improve her process (though we think it’s already perfect).
When asked what her favorite Bubbie illustration is, she mentioned her excitement for the upcoming Bubbie’s Anniversary Cookbook:
“Mid-century cookbooks influenced the look for the artwork in this cookbook and I had fun experimenting to create a distinct, recognizable vintage looks,” she says.
(We, too, can’t wait to share our cookbook with all of our fans! You’ll have to stay tuned for more information on this…)
Here are a few other questions from our interview:
Where did you find your inspiration for the artwork on the labels?
“I devoured children’s picture books when I was growing up, and I try to capture that same feeling of wonder and coziness in the illustrations I create. Some influential children’s illustrators that come to mind include Scott Gustafson, Peter de Seve, Mary Blair, and Bill Watterson. For me, the character of Bubbie is like a combination of Indiana Jones, Amelia Earhart, and Mary Poppins. Her adventures are reminiscent of the stories we hear our grandparents tell us, and I try to illustrate the way those stories appear larger than life in our imaginations.”
What is your process for creating a new piece?
“I start by doing a lot of research and gathering photo reference. If I’m drawing say, a pastrami sandwich or a cottage in the woods I want to know how to accurately represent it so that when I stylize it and give it my illustration treatment, the picture still rings true. Then I do a pencil sketch on plain old copy paper, because I can use as many sheets as I like to arrive at a sketch I’m pleased with. I scan this sketch and use it as a guide for the digital art, which I begin by creating a “color rough” where I decide what my digital color palette will be. Finally, the digital painting begins, and I paint in Photoshop using a Cintiq tablet and a variety of different brushes to achieve the textures I’m looking for!”
Last but not least, what is your favorite Bubbies product?
“The Bread and Butter pickle chips! I have to refrain from eating them right out of the jar.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed this Artist Spotlight and next time you have a Bubbies jar in your hand, make sure to check out Valerie’s artwork on the side! You can also find her artwork on Bubbies headers within the website and on Bubbies Facebook.