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May 23, 2008 06:54 AM

Sauerkraut drought?

This might sound like an odd conspiracy theory but we seem to be having a sauerkraut drought here in Vermont. It seems that over the past two months that every time I look to cross that item off of my grocery list that all that I can find is the canned kind (yuck) and fresh kraut is not to be found.

Oddly enough I can find Kim Chee…which isn’t quite interchangeable.

Is this happening elsewhere?

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  1. I live in a VERY German area, and the refrigerated bags of kraut are quite plentiful in the meat case. The kraut in glass jars is much superior to canned, if that is available.

    I could ship some to you, if your interested.

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    1. re: Kelli2006

      I'm in RI and I haven't been able to find the fresh stuff in the bags in forever. I have resorted to the glass "barrel" jars, which I can only find at Sam's club. Much better than the canned variety, as you pointed out.

      1. re: dagwood

        Not in Maine, we got bagged! It's a Ben & Jerry's plot!

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          hmm... I've heard of saurkraut cake but flavored ice cream?

          1. re: Scargod

            Naw, I think the kraut is getting shipped to the Krauts in Fredricksberg, Tx., instead; higher demand.
            Seriously, Sr. Cabeza de Chile, mix some crappy canned w/ fresh cabbage, cook for half an hour. We grow our own cabbages and make 35 gal. of kraut (kapusta) in the autumn.

          2. re: Passadumkeg

            The hell with bagged! Here in Maine we're lucky enough to have Morse's, homemade, real, fermented, unpasteurized and still live from Waldoboro; fresh in deli containers in many supermarkets. Or else you can stop by there and pick it up in quantity, as well as their pickles and other goodies.

            1. re: JMF

              You betcha! And in the autumn there is Passadumkegs Organic Russian Style, made from the garden. What a crock!

      2. Last I was in Waterbury I got sauerkraut in the metallic/plastic bags. Quite good.

        1. Go to and order their fresh kraut. Or really splurge and buy a can of Hegstenberg wine sauerkraut that I guarantee will amaze you!

          1. I see it in regular supermarkets in the Boston area.

            It means that there wasn't sufficient demand or kickbacks to induce the stores in your area to keep it on the shelves. Ask the managers.

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            1. re: Karl S

              I cornered one of the managers and apparently due to a combination of limited space and saurkraut's apparent unpopularity hereabouts it has been bumped.

              1. re: chilihead

                Write a letter to the company's head quarter's, get a bunch of kraut-heads and picket, move to another state, like Maine that has other food besides Cabot's and Ben & Jerry's( Lobster & kraut!) and if all else fail, grow your own. My condolences.

            2. Bought some in central New Hampshire last week