While I am a big fan of pickles and lacto-fermentation, I feel the whole pickling thing has gotten a bit out of hand. This includes everything from pickled shrimp to packaged and sold frozen pickle juice pops (big in Texas). This is just a case of too much of a good thing, or an idea with far too many applications. The situation may have been best summed up by the comedy series Portlandia and their take on the artisan pickle situation (see below):
What are some of the most regrettable food trends you have witnessed over the past year (or so)?