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Mar 7, 2007 03:36 PM

Fresh Sauerkraut in Los Angeles?

I am making choucroute garnie on Sunday, and need fresh, as opposed to bottled or canned, sauerkraut. Mcgee's at the Farmers Market had it for years, but they stopped at the same time they dropped the world's best Thousand Island dressing, tartar sauce, etc.

Any ideas??

Many thanks.

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  1. The best brand I've had locally is Boars Head packed in refrigerated bags/cases. Gelsons carries it.

    If you weren't planning on it, I highly rec stopping by European Deluxe for their smoked pork chop. Very nice addition to choucroute.

    1. I'm guessing that by fresh, you don't want it to have been cooked in order to pasturize it? What about a deli like Canter's? Since they carry fresh pickles would there kraut also be fresh? By the way, I've been thinking that if I was going to make choucroute that I would buy korabuta pork belly at a Korean market. Good luck, hope this helps

      1. Alpine Village off the 110 in Torrance carries it in their deli.

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        1. re: kanohli

          Angel City Brewing is in Alpine Village too. Pick up some great beer while you're there! It's the only brewery that is truly local to LA!!

        2. check out Kreugermann's, which is made by a local company. it's the very best sauerkraut as far as i'm concerned. you can get it at alpine village and i've seen it at other places, too.

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          1. re: FED

            Sauerkraut by nature is a processed product. It's nomore fresh than a pickle is fresh.
            That said, Kruegermann is fantastic. They're in 'frogtown" near echo park by riverside. Check out their website. There is nothing in the 'kraut other than cabbage salt water and time.
            KRUEGERMANN ORIGINAL, 323-662-9313. 2824 Gilroy St Los Angeles, CA 90039
            their website is down. review at

            1. re: Jerome

              I think he meant "freshly made" -- and before everyone jumps on me, yes, there's absolutely a difference, the same way you can tell old kimchi from new -- lactic acid is less of a dominant flavour in "fresh" sauerkraut and "fresh" kimchi than in older product.

          2. I believe Schreiner's in north Glendale carries it.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Yeah, Alpine Village and Schreiner's would be my best guesses, too.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                That's where I get it, as well as almost everything else for my choucroutes. Yes, it is in a jar, but very fresh-tasting, if that's your concern.