How We Got Started
Hi! I’m Aidan. I am 16 years old and I live in
Portland, Oregon. I’m in high school, I love music, games, and my
dog. How I got into making pickles: My mom LOVES spicy food. LOVES with a capital L. She makes ghost pepper
curry, takes hot sauce challenges, and we have 10 bottles of hot sauce in our
fridge at all times. She has even been known to carry around ghost pepper sauce and carolina reaper flakes in her purse.
Back in 2014, I decided to make my mom a birthday gift. I researched how to make pickles, and put my
own fun spin on it – mom’s favorite hot sauce, a few more peppers, change the
salt, research how to make the crispiest pickle ever, a little more time to
brine, and voila! Not only did mom love the pickles, she started serving them
at parties, and they were such a huge hit that Aidan’s Atomic Pickles was born.
I know not everyone is like my mom, and since the pickles are such a big hit, I
worked on milder flavors (and spicier ones for the maniacs!), and we
crowdsourced our fundraising to start to learn the pickle business, and bring
pickles to the people – all of the people – spicy lovers and haters alike. We
have a 98% “best pickle ever” review rate, and at that rate – we knew we were
on to something really good. So we press
on, making pickles, delivering in the Portland metro area, and hopefully, soon,
the whole nation!