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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.

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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.

    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.

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              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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