Schreiner's bacon: a mash note
- Will Owen Jan 2, 2009 03:20 PM
Mr. Southern Food Is The Greatest Food reporting here, and I want to say that although the dry-cured smoked pork products native to my former stompin' grounds are in many cases the best in the known universe, I've found one that comes damn close, and I don't have to wait for delivery. It's the slab bacon they make and sell at Schreiner's German deli, up in Montrose, and after having worked my way through most of the not-quite-two-pound chunk I bought last week (the holidays are hard on bacon around this house!) I have to say that for both breakfast duty and as a recipe ingredient this stuff has no local match. Yeah, Nueske's is tasty, but it's wet-cured, and so lacks that firm meaty quality I love. It's also damned expensive; I believe I liberated this chunk for not much over five bucks, which is also cheaper than the dry-cured but much less flavorful Niman Ranch bacon at Trader Joe's.
If you haven't gotten to Schreiner's yet, it's right where Ocean View dead ends before it would otherwise run into Verdugo, heading down into Glendale. They have all kinds of mostly German groceries and wines, including pretty much everything that Kruegermann's kraut factory puts into jars, and that's a lot. Of course they make all kinds of sausages there, and what you can't find fresh might well lurk in the freezer. There's also a sandwich counter if you're looking for lunch.
3417 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208
I love Schreiner's. Two additional footnotes:
1. Schreiner's send some of their products out to the Irvine Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings. It used to be the Schreiner family themselves who came down to do the sales, but about two months ago I believe they started contracting it out. Nevertheless, it stands to reason that you might be able to make a special order to be sent down for pickup.
2. Next door to Schreiner's in Glendale is Berolina Bakery, the only Swedish bakery in LA... where you can pick up the bread you need to go with All That Pork, as well as Swedish treats like prinsesstarta and cardamom buns and limpa bread and... YUM.
re: Jack Flash
Jack, you really DO want to make this yourself, especially if you enjoy lengthy puttering in the kitchen. Schreiner's has about everything you need, too, other than apples and onions. Don't think they have juniper berries, either, though I could be wrong.
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I've been going to Schreiner's for over 30 years and their stuff is authentic and made on the premises. If you haven't tried it, it's a must visit place. Step on over to their sandwich counter and order up a knackwurst sandwich and experience knackwurst heaven. Their black forest ham and bologna (also made fresh on the premises) is also fantastic.