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Have you found horseradish for Passover?

Judith Mar 3, 2007 08:18 PM

None of the local stores in our area have horseradish (the red kind with beets), even though they have Passover food displays. I've been to Safeway, Cosentino's, Andronico, and Lunardi's (although Lunardi didn't have their display up yet, so maybe they'll have it the next time I go.) It's really a Passover essential, and one year, for who knows what reason, it was in short supply, so I'm starting to worry. I could probably solve this by going up to Mollie Stone's, but it's a bit of a hike from San Jose. Has anybody found it in the south bay?

  1. ChowFun_derek Mar 30, 2007 10:57 AM

    Whole Foods (at least the one on 4th in S.F.) has red horseradish in the open refridgerator section, next to the pickles (by the way the Anderson Valley fresh pickles (Manhattan Style) were quite tasty....)

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    1. re: ChowFun_derek
      rworange Mar 30, 2007 11:32 AM

      Do you remember who makes it? I'm getting the horseradish from Saul's, but I was looking around to see if there was anything bottled-wise. I tell you, ALL the bottled stuff has SOYBEAN oil in it ... even the organic What's up with that? There is no reason for oil in horseradish ... red or otherwise. Also, if it is not organic there a list of preservatives attached.

      As far as the organic horseradish ... well, the fact that they make cranberry horseradish and apricot pineapple horseradish should tell you something.

      1. re: rworange
        ChowFun_derek Mar 31, 2007 08:53 AM

        Sorry..I didn't focus on anything but the color....and the Anderson Valley pickles...!

        1. re: ChowFun_derek
          rworange Apr 2, 2007 08:00 AM

          Yeah ... love them Anderson Valley pickles.

          FYI, Mollie Stones has Gold's beet horseradish on sale for 99 cents. They also carry Boar's Head ($2.49) and Ba-tampte ($2.69?) ... all pure ... horseradish, beets, vinegar and salt. Boar's Head doesn't use Passover vinegar ... for those that might matter to.

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      Nancy Berry Mar 12, 2007 02:42 PM

      You can also get it at Tel Aviv Kosher Meats on Irving between 25th and 26th Aves. They have a very large selection of Passover items, probably the largest in San Francisco.

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        Judith Mar 12, 2007 11:44 AM

        Mollie Stone's has it. The red kind. Finally. They say it comes in late because it's perishable.

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          mwood Mar 7, 2007 08:04 AM

          The Pasta Shops, both Oakland & Berkeley, carry a very good housemade horseradish. They'll have it the whole week before passover.

          1. Ruth Lafler Mar 6, 2007 02:48 PM

            Crossroads World Market (on San Antonio in Mountain View) probably has it. I stopped by Samovar Deli this weekend -- they don't have a very big selection of shelf goods. The only thing I'd go there for is the frozen stuff.

            1. rworange Mar 6, 2007 09:43 AM

              Ewww ... Ba-Tempte ... ick, ick, ick

              You really have to try Sauls since I think you are in the area.

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              1. re: rworange
                coolbean98 Mar 6, 2007 09:47 AM

                Thanks for the tip - I will! I think I bought last year's about 30 minutes before dinner started, so some foresight will help next time around. How does Saul's taste?

                1. re: coolbean98
                  rworange Mar 6, 2007 09:56 AM

                  All I can say about Saul's is that it tastes as good as my Polish grandmother's ... who make hers out of home-grown beets & horseradish.

                  It doesn't have the bitter/chemical taste of most bottled horseradish ... though The Polish Deli in Palo Alto has a decent version from Poland ... just not as good.

                  I can't tell you the price for Saul's. Whatever it costs it is worth it.

                  1. re: rworange
                    Gary Soup Mar 7, 2007 08:23 AM

                    Your grandmother was obviously not Jewish. Passover horseradish is SUPPOSED to be bitter.

                    1. re: Gary Soup
                      rworange Mar 7, 2007 08:35 AM

                      Bitter in a bad way ... artificial.

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                        Ruth Lafler Mar 7, 2007 11:37 AM

                        I know it's supposed to be bitter (bitter herbs, yadda yadda), but I'm bitter-sensitive -- I'm always complaining that something is bitter when no one else thinks so -- and I've never thought of horseradish as bitter. Maybe bitter is a catch-all phrase for stuff that's pretty potent and potentially unpleasant!

                        I don't think it's much of a secret that rw is Polish Catholic rather than Jewish, although I suppose it's within the realm of possibility that she could have had a Jewish grandmother.

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler
                          rworange Mar 7, 2007 12:19 PM

                          Yeah, fortuantely Polish/Jewish food (excluding porky things) can be very similar otherwise I would have been out of luck for a long time in the Bay Area. Good thing the Catholic/Jewish holidays fall near each other too. For other food, I look to the Russian stores. It's that whole Eastern European similarity food-wise. Crixa though Hungarian can ring my chow bells, for example. Close enough.

                2. coolbean98 Mar 6, 2007 09:25 AM

                  Last year I got mine at Berkeley Bowl, but that's a bit far for you to drive for horseradish. I'm surprised more places don't have Ba-Tempte - did you try Whole Foods? http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store...

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                  1. re: coolbean98
                    Judith Mar 7, 2007 12:59 PM

                    Actually I tried Berkeley Bowl, no luck, but maybe I was too early.

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                    Sharon S. Mar 6, 2007 09:09 AM

                    Try Mollie Stones

                    1. rworange Mar 4, 2007 12:21 AM

                      Not sure but some of these places probably do

                      Russian Cafe & Deli
                      1712 Winchester Blvd
                      Campbell, CA 95008
                      (408) 379-6680


                      Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m
                      Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                      SEAKOR POLISH DELICATESSEN

                      1783 S. Winchester Blvd.
                      Campbell, CA 95008
                      (408) 378 - 0991

                      Win-Mart on El Camino nearish CJ Olsen cherries in Sunnyvale

                      Crossroads Market or Samovar Deli in Mountain View. Addresses in this link

                      I know fer sure The Polish Deli in Palo Alto carries it. One block up from California off of El Camino.

                      I always get my ... well, Easter .. beet horseradish from Saul's in Berkeley. They make it fresh and it is perfect. If you are up that way, ask for it. It is usually kept in the back and not on display.

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