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How long do our vegetables and/cherries last once they're opened?

We recommend that any unused product is refrigerated between uses and we suggest these products are consumed within 4 weeks. That is a conservative estimate; they will likely last longer but we're not privy to how many times they’re taken out of refrigeration.

How would I know if a jar of cherries or veggies goes "bad" or should be thrown away?

Our veggies are packed in vinegar and over time, the presence of air will begin to "oxidize" the vegetables resulting in an eventual loss of flavor and crispness. Vinegar is a natural preservative; it's unlikely the vegetables will mold or spoil.

Our cherries are preservative-free. When opened and left out of refrigeration for an extended period of time (like a few days or longer), depending on temperature, the cherry may begin to ferment and will develop an "off" flavor. At that point, the product should be discarded.

Sometimes I notice a white or grey flecking on the asparagus. Is this mold and should I throw it away?

No, the white or grey flecking is NOT mold; rather it is aspargine, a protein precipitate which is present in asparagus. On the back of each jar, we write: "Occasionally, you may see a grey flecking on the asparagus. This is a perfectly edible pure protein which occurs naturally during the pickling process."

A family member is very sensitive to any food with gluten and another is allergic to nuts. Are there any concerns here with your products?

The entire range of Tillen Farms products are gluten free, vegan and peanut and tree nut free. Under each product on our website, we also include an extensive listing of the major allergens which are not found in our products.

What type of sugars are used in processing Tillen Farms?

We use a small amount of pure cane sugar for all our vegetables. Our cherries are sweetened mostly with liquid cane sugar and occasionally a blend of cane and beet sugar. We never use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in any Tillen Farms products.

Where can I find the expiration date on your products?

On all cherries, we print the "best before" date on the side of lid. On all pickled vegetables, the expiration date is printed on the side, near the bottom of the jar.

Where can I find Tillen Farms locally?

Tillen Farms is available nationally in leading specialty food, health food and select supermarkets. In some cases, you’ll find us in the drink mixer sets; otherwise, look for us in the condiments or pickle aisle. Our cherries are sometimes stocked with ice cream toppings, too. If you have a preferred retailer, please feel free to tell them they should carry Tillen Farms!

How would I know if my local store carries the product?

If you have a Universal Product Code (the little number on the side of the jar with the lines above), read that number to any customer service person and they should be able to tell you if they stock the product.

How many Asparagus (or Beans or Carrots or Cherries) are there in a jar?

We add the term "about" in our Nutrition Facts panel because actual counts will vary by 10%-15%. After all, we are dealing with mother nature! There are 18 green asparagus per jar, 24 white asparagus/jar, 32 Beans/jar, 35 Baby Cucumbers/jar, 42 Sugar Snap Peas/jar, 28 Merry Maraschino and Fire & Spiced Maraschinos/jar and 22 Bada Bings and Rainier Reserve cherries/jar.

Most of your products are kosher certified. But green asparagus is not. Why is that?

Our Classic green asparagus is grown in dirt, mostly in Washington States' famed Yakima Valley! While we make every effort to carefully clean and wash off any and all impurities, these asparagus all have little buds on the end. The Rabbis have traditionally taken the viewpoint there is a possibility that a small critter might find its way into the asparagus bud. And because of that, they are reluctant to certify them as being kosher. Our white asparagus, however, is grown in sand and can be thoroughly cleaned prior to brining. The stem is also not nearly so pronounced so the Rabbi in Peru will certify this product as being kosher.

Suggested Uses

Using Pickled and Spiced Asparagus

  • Wrap Asparagus in procuitto or Westphalian ham for an enticing appetizer.
  • Toss Asparagus into a fresh green salad or a colorful pasta.
  • Serve as open-faced hors d'oeuvre such as a pumpernickel round topped with smoked salmon and Asparagus or a toast triangle topped with sliced hard-boiled egg and Asparagus.

NOTE: Occasionally, a harmless gray flecking will appear on the Asparagus. This is perfectly edible, pure protein precipitate called asparagines, a naturally occurring part of the pickling process.

Using Crunchy Carrots

  • Mix Carrots with Snappers into homemade potato salad.
  • For a nice sweet and sour taste, arrange Carrots with cut celery stalks which have been filled with cream cheese and date spread.
  • Blend Carrots with dilled cucumber salad.

Using Hot & Spicy Beans

  • Wrap Beans in roast beef, thinly sliced boiled ham or smoked turkey slices and serve on an hors d'oeuvre platter.
  • Use Beans as a surprise swizzle stick in Bloody Mary cocktails.
  • Combine Beans with other Tillen Farms veggies for an appetizing condiment or in a dip presentation, straight from the jar.

Using "Snappers" - Sugar Snap Peas

  • Prize-winning Snappers are an ideal complement to cocktails and an excellent martini garnish.
  • Layer cocktail shrimp salad and Snappers onto Belgian endive leaves.
  • Top a healthy chicken salad with a "crown" of Snappers.

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