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Jan 7, 2010 08:29 AM

ISO: harzer kase in Toronto/North York

I was recently introduced to this fragrant low-fat German cheese via a care package, and now I'm craving more. Apparently there's a "red bacteria" version too, which I'm keen to try. Does anyone know of a good source in Toronto? Cheese Emporium on Avenue had never heard of it, but I must admit that with a newborn in the house I haven't been driving around the city looking for new cheeses as much as I might like!

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  1. for all things cheese you might try cheese boutique, at least try giving them a call, they have a vast knowledge in cheese.


    1. i would also look into checking german deli's and stores like Vienna Fine Foods (416.759.4481 ) in scarborough, they had a fire recently but i believe they are back in buisiness, also try denningers http://www.denningers.com . i am sure there are others but i dont know of them off hand.

      1. FOUND IT, brandt meats in mississauga carries this chees it comes in a clear cello pack with 2 cheeses the size of a hockey puck it is in the dairy case on the right just as you enter the store. http://www.brandtmeats.com they only carry the white version, the brand is called harzinger on the package and hausmacher bauerhandkase is also on the package. costs about $5.50 per pkg.


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        1. re: youdonut

          thanks so much! I can duck over to Brandt on my lunch break, as it happens.

          1. re: youdonut

            The Harzinger at Brandt is Handkase (very similar but exactly the same as Harzer?) and it is excellent. Believe it or not, the handkase freezes beautifully. I suspect Brandts bring it in that way since I've bought packages that were still frozen on the shelf.

            For Frankfurter "Handkase mit Musik", marinate the cheese in Musik : 4T each olive oil, red wine vinegar, and diced red onion for 2-4 hours. Then serve with cracked black pepper and good buttered rye bread (also available at Brandts). Sprinkle with caraway if you like, but I prefer not. This should also be served with Apple Wine - but that's a whole other adventure...

            1. re: PoppiYYZ

              OBTW, Denninger's (several locations from Oakville to Hamilton) regularly has it too. Call ahead to both places before you go though.

          2. YEAHHH !!! After a very long absence in Ontario, reportedly due to import difficulties, Harzer Kase has JUST shown up at Brandts in Mississauga. $5.99 for a package of four small Edeka brand rounds.

            They said the next shipment, if anymore come in at all, will be in October.