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meastchow Apr 5, 2011 08:13 AM

I am having a tough time finding a place to buy Swedish SPICED (matjes) herring. There's lots of cream, dill, mustard, and wine herring. But I want the spiced. Any ideas? Thanks

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    PollyG Apr 5, 2011 01:16 PM

    It is frequently available in the chilled Kosher foods section (across from the hot catering area) at the Sterling Wegmans.

    I've also found it in the past at the IKEA down in Potomac, but it sounds as if someone else came up empty there recently. We found a fantastic lemon rind herring there once, too.

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      meastchow Apr 5, 2011 01:44 PM

      Thanks PollyG. Just got off phone w/ Wegmans Sterling. They have the exact Blue Hill Bay brand that I want.

      Which is strange, cuz my problem started months ago when the Leesburg Wegmans stopped carrying it, saying it was not selling. And said none of the area Wegmans would have it either!!!!! Gonna buy a couple extra jars just in case! Thanks again!

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      MartinDC Apr 5, 2011 11:15 AM

      If you don't mind German or Danish matjesherring, I have found it at the German Gourmet store in Bailey's Crossroads. When I tried it, I thought it was superior to Abba. Abba can be a little too salty. Even in Stockholm, you'll find variations in the preparation. So try the german version, close your eyes, and pretend it's Swedish.

      Ikea (College Park or Potomac Mills) sells the Abba brand, too.

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      German Gourmet
      5838 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

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        Dennis S Apr 5, 2011 11:21 AM

        Was going to mention German Gourmet. There's also Russian Gourmet in Herndon and Rockville that probably has it.

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        German Gourmet
        5838 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

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          meastchow Apr 5, 2011 11:56 AM

          Thanks for the German Gourmet suggestion. They certainly have on-line many herring in a variety of sauces. I will follow through.

          IKEA Potomac Mills only has herring in sour cream unfortunately. Thanks again.

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          German Gourmet
          5838 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

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            MartinDC Apr 6, 2011 12:20 PM

            I've always seen matjessill at IKEA, as well as other varieties, such as the mustard/dill. but I haven't been able to get there for some time now. At any rate, I find the ABBA matjesherring too salty, in addition to the sugar and spices. I can only eat a little bit before the salt gets to me.

            Now that midsommar is only a couple months away, IKEA will probably begin stocking up on the herring varieties that are traditional this time of year. They even carry plain pickled herring (vingar and salt) in tins, which provide the base herring for your own sauces. You might want to try again as June approaches.

        2. agarnett100 Apr 5, 2011 09:21 AM

          http://swedensbest.com/matjesherring....

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            meastchow Apr 5, 2011 10:11 AM

            Thanks heaps. The Abba "traditional" looks to be the one I shall try. Good selection of Swedish foodstuff.

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              agarnett100 Apr 5, 2011 11:01 AM

              Your welcome

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