I was grabbing the pickles out of the fridge to make a sandwich and suddenly thought "Why would pickles need to be refrigerated?" I remember once as an almost teen being at an old grocery store somewhere near Gilroy, and there was a big wooden barrel on the porch that was full of pickles. Not refrigerated. Not hermetically sealed. Not even inside. It was just a barrel, with a loose fitting lid, sitting there on the front porch of this old general store. I also remember they were GOOD pickles.
So what gives? Are pickles the one thing that they don't put enough salt into any more? Isn't the whole point of pickling things to preserve them?