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Favorite brand of sauerkraut?

As long as I've been thinking of all things sauerkraut ...

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... I thought I'd ask what your favorite brand is.

Right now, nothing even comes close to a brand made only in the SF Bay Area called Alexander Valley sauerkraut. It is refrigerated and has a fresh cabbage taste to it and is very crunchy. I could (and do sometimes) eat this stuff straight.

However, if I'm not in the mood to spend big bucks, I like Libby's sauerkraut. There is nothing artificial in there, just saurkraut and salt. It is one of the most crisp of the shelf-stable canned krauts. In the past I liked Claussen refrigerated kraut when I wanted something a little fresher.

I'm not a fan of Hebrew National kraut which, IIRC, has 'stuff' in there like preservatives. Hate Bubbies sauerkraut ... mooshy and expensive.

Occasionally I'll buy a jar from Russia or Poland in an Eastern European store, don't remember which, but none merited a second try.

So do you have a favorite ... either a national or local brand?

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  1. Frank's in either the jar or the can are good. I know I can buy it in Houston, and I'm pretty sure I could buy it in Illinois when I lived there pre-2001. My dad drinks Frank's saurekraut juice. Swears it will cure any digestive problem.

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    1. re: cycloneillini

      I've only had Frank's in the can and I find it to mooshy even before cooking it. I prefer homemade, but have no source right now. I buy the bagged kind for textural purposes.

    2. I buy bagged Snow Floss the times I exhaust my supply of homemade kraut.

      1. Can't ever find this in NYC, so when I'm out of town, I like to pick up a few cans of Bavarian Kraut, which has caraway seeds in it. I don't know why they don't sell it around here, and I really don't care what brand I find; I just like it and wish it was available where I live.

          1. For what it worth, my favorites are usually German, made with white wine, kinda like the Kuhne brand;
            http://www.germandeli.com/kusawirirh2...