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Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get salad sauerkraut in Toronto.

The type I am looking for is freshly made (not canned or bottled), usually sold from a plastic bucket, and slightly sweet. This type is not meant for stewing or eating heated in any way, but specifically meant to be eaten cold as a side dish.

The ones I have eaten have been from/in Latvia, but I thought maybe some other Eastern European cultures might be selling it in Toronto in some out-of-the-way deli.

Any ideas?

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    1. re: toveggiegirl

      They sell it from a plastic bucket at Bena's on Roncesvalles. its not that strong. It's a Polish store mainly but I will ask around. My grandmother is Balkan and makes the kind you are talking about too sometimes.

      1. re: albanis

        Thanks, I really am looking for the sweeter variety.

        1. re: albanis

          Got some from Bena's, and it is delicious fresh sauerkraut, but it is not the salad variety I am looking for. It's not sweet enough.
          Thanks though!

        2. re: toveggiegirl

          Checked out the article, thanks, will see if I can find some there.

        3. Starsky?

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          Starsky's
          2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

          1. Where are you? There are many Eastern European markets around that sell it - Yummy Market has it...in Scarborough, Kmicic has it...any of the Polish delis on Roncy should also have it.

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            1. re: Wahooty

              I am a hop, skip and jump from Roncevalles. I know a great place two blocks away for stewing sauerkraut, but I haven't found the sweeter one yet.
              Any suggestions, specifically for the sweeter salad variety?

              1. re: ilinda

                Walked all of Roncesvalles and went into every grocery and deli including Bena's. Found really nice stewing saurkraut in some places and delcious-looking coleslaw in others, but not sweet salad saurkraut.

            2. Jolly Market @ Marlee av. sometimes has it. I personally think it is overpriced there. Anyway I make it on my own.

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                1. re: aleksacv

                  Went to Jolly today, and they had salad made with sauerkraut, peppers,onions, et.c, Looked good but wasn't the saurkraut I was looking for that is to be eaten as a salad, which is fresh, uncooked and doesn't have anything else in it other than cabbage and sometimes carrot.

                2. Sorry this isn't much use to you now, but for later, and others reading this thread who travel north, I wanted to mention an amazing scratch made sauerkraut. It's available at a little jem of a BBQ restaurant north of Toronto called Mad Michaels (near Midland). Semi sweet, pickle-y, tangy, unique spice blend I can't make out, and very good. It is served with their sandwiches and they also sell it in 250mL and 500mL jars to go. Only open in the summer months.

                  Definitely the best salad sauerkraut I've ever had (I need to say this quietly since my in-laws are Polish).

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                  Mad Michael's
                  8215 93 Hwy, Wyebridge, ON L0K1E0, CA

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                  1. re: PoppiYYZ

                    Thanks! Not too late. Still looking. Will have to check it out!

                  2. So, to recap, I am not looking for saurkraut made into salad with other ingredients. I am also not looking for coleslaw, which has never been left to sour before becoming a salad.
                    I am looking for freshly made saurkraut usually made in white plastic buckets, but not just any saurkraut, one that is VERY sweet.
                    Thanks for bearing with me guys. Still have to check out Starsky's, Yummy Market and Mad Michael's. I'll post the results.

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                    Starsky's
                    2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

                    Mad Michael's
                    8215 93 Hwy, Wyebridge, ON L0K1E0, CA

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                    1. re: ilinda

                      BTW, in the end the closest I could find was a sauerkraut from Starsky's which I believed is called "Healthy". It has the freshest texture and is not over-salted. I add a little sugar and get close but not quite. But not bad.
                      Thanks for everyone's help!

                      1. re: ilinda

                        An update, in case Linda is still interested.

                        What we call "sweet sauerkraut" is a spring thing and I think you maybe just missed it in February 2011. SuperK, the catering place just south of Benna's has it today.

                        And, for me, it's the real deal--carrots, shredded apple [some other mild sweet thing in there, too], green onions, and fresh herbs. I've been missing this stuff, and I'm going back tomorrow for more.

                        1. re: pearl3

                          JUST got back from a weekend in Sudbury. Hope there is still some left!
                          L

                          1. re: ilinda

                            Thanks pearl3! Just got the fresh sauerkraut from Super Kolbassa next to Benna's. Really VERY good, and as close as possible to the Latvian kind I wanted to find in Toronto. Not as salty as sweeter! Refreshing. Thanks for the tiop!

                            1. re: ilinda

                              My pleasure! We've gone through two lots of it, and I'm glad we're talking about the same item.

                    2. You did say ideas...

                      Took a fermented vegetable workshop recently and we made fresh fermented sauerkraut and beets (two separate dishes).

                      Slice cabbage thin, shred some carrot, then mix and pack into a mason jar in layers sprinkling a little sea salt on each layer (maybe a half teaspoon salt total in the jar), pack and weigh down so liquid from the veggies covers cabbage (important to prevent spoilage and one can add a little salt water if needed), cover with cheese cloth and wait a week or so. Taste periodically to decide when it is to your taste, then refrigerate. Super simple.

                      Tastes vinegary but there is no vinegar added. Fresh, crisp, slightly sweet from the veggies only, and absolutely delicious.

                      Do it yourself, it is VERY rewarding.

                      PS Shredded beets made the same way but with a little shredded turnip and fennel seed added. Outstanding.

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                      1. re: PoppiYYZ

                        Thanks PoppiYYZ!
                        Sounds like a great weekend project! I think the one I was looking had a bit of sugar added, but that is easily solved. Will have to look for a recipe from Latvia, and if I find it I will translate and post here.

                        1. re: ilinda

                          Would love to see recipe.

                          The fellow doing the workshop was young and Polish. The recipes were from his mother and grandmother ! So simple, and so good.

                          We've made a lot of fermented products before, but one can learn a few new ingredients, methods, or tricks from every recipe. Love to learn the Latvian technique !

                          BTW, my first attempt at brewing beer is ready to bottle. How does a meal of homemade sauerkraut, Kielbasa, and beer with home grown potatoes sound !!

                          1. re: PoppiYYZ

                            Yes, please do share the recipe! Although we'd really appreciate it if you'd move this discussion over to the Home Cooking board and leave a link back to it, here. There are lots of hounds on the Home Cooking board who would love to find out more about this fermentation method!

                            1. re: PoppiYYZ

                              Sounds delicious! Although a stewed traditional sauerkraut would be really nice too with yellow potatoes (boiled or fried). A good sausage likes a stewed and caramelized sauerkraut. When can I come over? ;-)