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Vasterbotten Spotting (Swedish cheese)

bothrops_asper Feb 23, 2008 08:03 PM

After looking all over the city for Vasterbotten cheese, my wife found it right under our noses at Sahadi's. If you haven't tried it, Vasterbotten is a Swedish cow's milk cheese that's kind of a cross between an extra sharp cheddar and a Parmigiano Reggiano in flavor and texture. Give it a taste if you can find it.

Thanks Sahadi's for getting what Murray's, Fairway, Whole Foods, Stinky, and everywhere else I've asked about Vasterbotten couldn't or wouldn't. Let's just hope it's not a one time deal. Who knows, maybe this summer they'll be stacking cans of Surstromming...

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    MamaRosie May 14, 2008 02:34 PM

    Yes, IKEA (at least the one in Elizabeth) carries Vasterbotten.

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      kabny May 14, 2008 04:59 PM

      And just FYI - the IKEA in Red Hook is scheduled to open in June (the 18th, I think I read).

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      nmawhb Feb 26, 2008 11:58 AM

      I'm not sure about vasterbotten but Ikea carries a number of Swedish cheeses and other foods.

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        MMRuth Feb 26, 2008 11:59 AM

        Is there an Ikea in the "Outer Boroughs"?

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          bothrops_asper Feb 27, 2008 11:15 AM

          Yes, there's an Ikea in Hickville, and a soon to be one in Red Hook (this summer i think?), hopefully with a well stocked pantry...

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            MMRuth Feb 27, 2008 11:17 AM

            Thanks - I had no idea!

      2. MMRuth Feb 25, 2008 01:09 PM

        FWIW - I think I saw that at the Nordic store in Bay Ridge last weekend, in case that is any more convenient for you.

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        1. re: MMRuth
          bothrops_asper Feb 25, 2008 03:58 PM

          Good to know, the more options the better! thanks!

        2. FoodWine Feb 25, 2008 01:07 PM

          That is very funny. Glad you found it. I tried, just out of curiosity, to surf the web to see if I could find it, but failed.
          As for the surströmming... as far as I am concerned, even if Sahadi's gets it, they can keep it ;-D

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            bothrops_asper Feb 25, 2008 03:57 PM

            there are a few places that sell it online - the vasterbotten that is, NOT the surstromming (as well as other Swedish foods):


            we have bought items from northerner.com before and have been happy with the service, fyi.

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              FoodWine Feb 25, 2008 05:29 PM

              Thanks! I used to love Messmör when I was young(er). Maybe I should chekc it out again.

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                Passadumkeg Feb 27, 2008 02:18 PM

                Try surstromming w/ an unhealthy dose of alcohol. Do you remember that ssurstromming was a hangover cure in Helsinki? I used to buy it buy the large wooden buckets from the bows of the boats that came to the central market.

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