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Aug 13, 2011 04:45 PM

Looking for the best brand of sauerkraut [St. Louis suburbs]

I realize the "best" of anything is very subjective, but the brand I've been using for years seems to have disappeared from my local markets in favor of their "house brand" which, in my not so humble opinion, is no good!

My problem is, for years the brand that's disappeared was usually the only brand, so I just picked up a bag and put it in the cart. I've forgotten the name - seems like it was Krispy or something like that.

Can anyone help me (1) remember the actual name of the bagged kraut that's disappeared and (2) tell me where it can be found in or near lower southern Illinois or possibly the Metro-East area.

Thanks for any help in my search.


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  1. I like the Dearborn Sausage bag of kraut here in the Detroit area, but my favorite is still Silver Floss brand in a can. I make my own that's the best though - kraut is so easy to should try it!

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    1. re: momskitchen

      Thanks for replying, momskitchen, but Detroit would be a bit too long a drive. I did see the name Silver Floss when I was trying all kinds of search terms to find the brand I was looking for, so if I find it when I try some of the markets in nearby towns, I'll see if anyone carries it.

      My husband and I did make kraut years ago. The first year, it turned out great, so we planted more cabbage the next year. However, during one of those super hot June days, every single one of the cabbage heads burst and the kraut did not turn out well, at all!

    2. You might want to add the name of your city to the title of your post so we know which metro region you're referring to.
      Here's one website for a major sauerkraut producer:
      They make several brands of kraut, including Silver Floss and "Krrrrisp Kraut" in bags.

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      1. re: gooddog

        Sorry - it's the St. Louis-Metro East area and is about 90 minutes from me. All my children live up there so I drive up fairly frequently.

        Krrrisp Kraut sounds like the one I'm looking for. I'm always willing to try something new, but, as I said earlier, for years, the "Krrrisp Kraut" was the only one I saw. It had been recommended to me by a butcher in a market I used to frequent in St. Louis. They had been selling kraut from a barrel and decided to not do that any more.

      2. None of the store bought stuff comes close to homemade but have you tried Frank's? it is the one that comes in a glass jar.

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        1. re: Fowler

          I'll see if the Frank's is available anywhere in my area. I stopped looking on the shelves for kraut because the bagged kraut was so much better than anything in a can.

          Thanks for the tip.

        2. Do you have good food coops in your area? I've noticed that there is good locally made sauerkraut in bottles in our coops. A few kinds. It seems that coop shoppers really appreciate their sauerkraut. Maybe true in your area too.

          I've never made my own. But one of my prized family history possessions is two rounded stones, one used by my grandmother and one used by my greatgrandmother to hold down the lids on the crocks where the sauerkraut was made on the farm. I have them in my living room -- good reminders of a time when - my mother says - homemade sauerkraut was one of the main staples in the winter.

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          1. re: karykat

            Thanks for the tip about the coop, karykat. I wouldn't have thought to try there. There's one just a few miles from me. There's also a small Amish market not too far from where I live and I might try them, also! I'm envious of your kraut stones...I don't have anything like that from my family.

          2. All the kraut comes out of the same vat. They can when they need the kraut so it may not all be cured for the same time.
            It is all just a different label. The people working stand in the kraut with white boots then you see them walk outside to smoke with the same boots on. This was on the news. I make my own kraut.