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HELP! Looking for great SAUERKRAUT like they have in E. Europe/Germany

H20 Nov 8, 2004 03:38 PM

Hey Chowhounders,

Mayber you can help. I had some AWESOME sauerkraut in the Czech Republic. It actually was a little sweet and softer than the stuff they usually give you on the hotdogs here.

Any ideas where I can find this Eastern European or German version. (It doesn't even necessarily have to be in a restaurant; even a specialty market would be okay.)


  1. j
    jsmitty Apr 18, 2007 08:25 AM

    i really like the sauerkraut in the bins at fairway. it is made with fatback! please try it...

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    1. re: jsmitty
      JungMann Apr 18, 2007 01:48 PM

      I second the sauerkraut at Fairway. It's very different from Sabrett's. And it makes terrific bigos!

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      TryThis Apr 18, 2007 10:20 AM

      Not sure what German sauerkraut is suppose to taste like and I do not like sauerkraut as a rule but I have had the sauerkraut at Cafe D'Alsace twice in the last month and I actually liked!!!

      1. woodburner Apr 18, 2007 02:12 PM

        Take the sauerkraut from the store, put it in a small pot, add some brown sugar (not much, 1 TBS for 16 oz kraut) and simmer for an hour or so. That may give you what you're looking for.

        1. financialdistrictresident Apr 18, 2007 03:54 PM

          A Polish/Czech girl like me heads to the Ukrainian National Home (pierogis like Babci made, some filled with sauerkraut) in the EV or Greenpoint (sorry I know it's a Manhattan post). Next best alternative is buying the stuff in a bag in some market. We grind our own horseradish . . .
          Almost forgot about the LES - Gus's Pickles has the BEST sauerkraut in the wood barrels! You can also try some of the Jewish stores like Russ & Daughters (don't even know if they have sauerkraut.). For the poster who isn't crazy about sauerkraut try it in a pierogi or with apples and cheese or with potatoes (peasant food). It is loaded with vitamins.

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          1. re: financialdistrictresident
            DoctortedNYC Apr 18, 2007 06:07 PM

            Give Shaller and Weber a call.

          2. g
            Gramercy Foodie Apr 20, 2007 08:53 AM

            Try Rolf's on third avenue and 22nd street. great german food and they put a lot of effort into the decor of the dining room (it may not be for everyone)!

            1. Bugsey34 Apr 20, 2007 09:34 AM

              What about that huge German place on 2nd Ave. and 86th Street? I'm sure they would have it.

              1. BluPlateSpec Nov 21, 2008 04:58 AM

                Hawthorne Valley Farm stand at the Union Square Green Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They make their own raw, organic sauerkraut. They have plain, caraway and other flavors, take a look here:
                You can order it there for home delivery.
                It's really good, much better than any of the commercial products in the stores.

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