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What store to find Kulin (sp?) salami from Slavonia district in Croatia in Vancouver?

question Nov 28, 2010 09:50 PM

Where can I find Kulin (sp?) salami from Slavonia district in Croatia in Vancouver? I had it homemade in Croatia and it was fabulous. Very dry and hard and flavorful.

  1. peter.v Nov 28, 2010 10:44 PM

    D Original Sausage makes a Kulen. I have some right now in my fridge. http://www.originalsausage.ca/

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    1. re: peter.v
      question Nov 28, 2010 11:28 PM

      Thank you!

      1. re: peter.v
        fmed Nov 29, 2010 07:17 AM

        Also - Jovo the Butcher in Burnaby. He has other cured meats from that region there. (He is Serbian).

        1. re: fmed
          question Nov 29, 2010 07:24 PM

          Thanks, fmed. I was hoping to get something made right here as there would be fewer preservatives in it. The main reason I don't eat more salami is because I try not to eat nitrates that are in almost all of them here. Of course when they are homemade, and not made for a year + shelf life, you don't need the nitrates.

          I will call him on this.

          1. re: question
            fmed Nov 29, 2010 07:46 PM

            Jovo makes his own cured meats...it is worth the drive. JN&Z (also run by Serbs) on Commercial Dr may also have Kulen. Next time I'm there, I will ask.) Pics of Jovo below....

            (The discussion regarding nitrates/nitrites are beyond the scope of this forum....but after having done some research, I am not bothered by it at all. Traditional Kulen, from what I understand, is smoked slowly for a very long time. If anything, the by-products of smoking are what would be carcinogenic. )

            1. re: fmed
              Pollo Nov 30, 2010 08:21 AM

              fmed - I asume you have eaten products from both Jovo and JN&Z....which do you like "better"?
              I've been buying stuff from JN&Z for years...will try Jovo this week....

              Agree that Nitrate/Nitrite is a loooooong story...the ONLY reason to use it if bot is a concern....but in this day and age?....

              1. re: Pollo
                fmed Nov 30, 2010 08:39 AM

                I like them both. They are sort of complementary in that Jovo also carries assorted other grocery items. JNZ is so close to where I live. Jovo is a quite a distance - so it seems like a real treat to visit.

                There is one other place that came to mind - Beoma (Burnaby) that may have cured meats from that region as well. I haven't been.

        2. re: peter.v
          Pollo Nov 29, 2010 06:09 PM

          Does the "D-Original Sausage" sell retail?

          1. re: Pollo
            fmed Nov 29, 2010 07:50 PM

            You may be able to buy some from Drew himself...but most of his stuff is sold wholesale to places like Les Amis, etc.

            1. re: fmed
              Pollo Nov 30, 2010 08:15 AM

              Les Amis as in the cheese place on 2nd?

              1. re: Pollo
                fmed Nov 30, 2010 08:37 AM

                Right. (And E Hastings, etc)

                1. re: fmed
                  question Nov 30, 2010 11:22 PM

                  Thanks for all the info, fmed. Looking at the picture of the Kulen on the Original Sausage site, it is nothing like what I had in Croatia. This was cased in the intestine sack and was very dry, hard and dark in color (Probably from the paprika). I will try the other places you mentioned.

                  1. re: question
                    fmed Dec 1, 2010 07:58 AM

                    I think D-Original uses artificial or a different natural casing then (instead of the traditional colon). Good luck - and report back if you find some!

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          liverwurstontoast Dec 4, 2010 08:38 PM

          haven't seen kulen/kulin her but cajna (pronounced "china") will probably be your closest match to what you had in Croatia. Jovo and J&Z are both very good and authentic. Most Serbian and Croatian cured meats are heavily smoked and quite dry so you may find an equivalent amongst them.

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