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burundi
11-14-2008, 07:23 PM
After a lifetime of disdaining pimento cheese as toxic orange, store bought glop, I've been introduced to the beauty that is homemade pimento cheese. I want to try my hand at making it myself, but have run into a slight problem. Where in the grocery store do I find pimentos? I looked on several different aisles with no luck. Any thoughts?

silenus
11-14-2008, 07:46 PM
Next to the pickles and olives in my store.

SylverOne
11-14-2008, 10:33 PM
They're in the canned vegetable aisle in my local store, next to the marinated artichoke hearts.

Zsofia
11-14-2008, 10:51 PM
In mine (Publix) they're next to the pickles and olives, meaning in the salad dressing, peanut butter, baking needs, and mustard aisle. You'd think the artichokes would be there, too, but they're in the canned vegetable aisle instead.

And I like the orange stuff. Honestly, I don't really care for the homemade, although I've never actually done my own. I love the storebought, though - just bought a giant jug of it from Sam's.

ETA - I see I'm the closest to you geographically so far - I'm pretty sure I've seen them in other stores (Piggly Wiggly, Bi-Lo, Kroger's) in the same place.

phil417
11-15-2008, 02:12 AM
('ahem..) the Wally world superstore I work at has them at the west end of aisle two. Only one brand, but two different size jars (two ounce & four ounce, if memory serves).

Love, Phil

burundi
11-15-2008, 06:58 AM
Thanks, y'all. I checked the pickle aisle first, but no dice. Next time I'm at the store, I'll check the canned vegetable aisle.

ETA - I see I'm the closest to you geographically so far - I'm pretty sure I've seen them in other stores (Piggly Wiggly, Bi-Lo, Kroger's) in the same place.
I live in Bob Ingles (http://ingles-markets.com/)' hometown, and it's extremely rare to find a grocery store that isn't one of his. (Unless you're talking about a natural foods store, and I don't require organically grown, fair trade pimentos.) Maybe Ingles keeps them in a different place for some reason. I'll check the pickle aisle again, just to be sure.

Zsofia
11-15-2008, 08:21 AM
If they're in the pickle aisle, they're next to the roasted red peppers (which I guess they really are) and things like that.

hellpaso
11-15-2008, 11:23 AM
Canned vegetable aisle in my grocery.

silenus
11-15-2008, 03:17 PM
You could always....you know......ask somebody. :D

freckafree
11-15-2008, 04:23 PM
You could always....you know......ask somebody. :D

Nah! It would be much more fun to wander hopelessly through the aisles and then, in desperation, buy a jar of stuffed olives and pick out the pimentos, one by one.

Pimento cheese on rye. NOM NOM NOM.

silenus
11-15-2008, 05:19 PM
Nah! It would be much more fun to wander hopelessly through the aisles and then, in desperation, buy a jar of stuffed olives and pick out the pimentos, one by one.

Pimento cheese on rye. NOM NOM NOM.

Pimento cheese on rye, washed down with a number of dry martinis featuring pimento-less olives!

elelle
11-15-2008, 06:26 PM
Oh, good golly, 'menter cheese, don't get me going---- I love it!

Burundi: I'm in NC, and pimentos are always found here in every grocery store, right where you'd find artichoke hearts and little baby canned corn, usually on the top shelf. Most likely the Pomona Sunshine brand, packed by Moody Dunbar, Inc, as I read the bright yellow top of the little jar in my hands now. Johnson City, TN, so near enough to you.

Their bright and shiny website has a recipe page (http://moodydunbar.com/~moodydun//index.php?page=pimientos-2) devoted to "pimiento" cheese.

A great recipe from Martha Foose, old Mississippi compatriot, from her *excellent* new Southern cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, can be found here (http://mbhide.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/08/national-sand-1.html). Her inclusion of sage is a nice kick. My favorite additions are Worcestershire, Tabasco, and here's a secret: a shot of bourbon. In the pimento cheese, really, it adds a nice dimension.

I love pimento cheese almost as much as fried okra with Comeback sauce. Almost.

freckafree
11-15-2008, 06:40 PM
Pimento cheese on rye, washed down with a number of dry martinis featuring pimento-less olives!


:D

burundi
11-15-2008, 08:10 PM
Found 'em! In the canned vegetable aisle, right next to the artichoke hearts. Thanks, everyone!
Burundi: I'm in NC, and pimentos are always found here in every grocery store, right where you'd find artichoke hearts and little baby canned corn, usually on the top shelf. Most likely the Pomona Sunshine brand, packed by Moody Dunbar, Inc, as I read the bright yellow top of the little jar in my hands now. Johnson City, TN, so near enough to you.
Dead on. Top shelf, Pomona Sunshine.

You could always...you know.....ask somebody.
I doubt the high schoolers who staff my local Ingles know what pimentos are, much less where to find them. I had to spend awhile last week convincing the checkout girl that kale and kohlrabi are not, in fact, the same vegetable.

elelle
11-15-2008, 08:46 PM
Yay, Burundi, for getting yer pimentos! I have to say though, in the course of getting your good answer, that the little jar of Sunshine peppers has a rathersweet history (http://moodydunbar.com/~moodydun//index.php?page=history).
I didn't know that.

burundi
11-15-2008, 08:50 PM
Yay, Burundi, for getting yer pimentos! I have to say though, in the course of getting your good answer, that the little jar of Sunshine peppers has a rathersweet history (http://moodydunbar.com/~moodydun//index.php?page=history).
I didn't know that.
A That makes me even happier about them. The recipe you linked to looks marvelous, too. Thanks!

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