I started making pickles homemade, because my kids have an allergy to all food dye. If you have ever read the labels of store boughten pickles then you know that they all have dye in them. Clausen pickles are the only ones that I have found that do not, but they are so expensive. It was tragic for my kids because they absolutely LOVE pickles. So we came up with an all natural solution that made everyone happy.