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Desperate Search for Water Buffalo Cream (called Kaymak or Gaimar)

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sillyolesara Sep 23, 2011 04:01 PM

Is there someone out there who has made an effort to find REAL gaimar in the States? Water buffalo only. Help me please. This is one of those important delicacies a person cannot be happy without...

The closest we've found so far:
mascarpone (too cheesy)
clotted cream (too runny)
craime fraiche (similar texture, but too sour!)

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  1. Servorg RE: sillyolesara Sep 23, 2011 04:26 PM

    You can get it online: http://www.amazon.com/Kaymak-Spread-1... or check with Kosher markets along Pico Blvd. in the Beverwil area.

    1. Peripatetic RE: sillyolesara Sep 23, 2011 05:15 PM

      Suggestion: try asking this on the FB page for Metro Cafe:

      http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

      I don't think Metro Cafe has it, but you might get some useful leads.

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        jojoma RE: sillyolesara Sep 23, 2011 09:01 PM

        I've had Kaymak at Aroma Cafe on Overland near Westside Pavilion. It's so scrumptious! They have a little deli area and sell some Bosnian delicacies and they might have it for sale.

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          sillyolesara RE: sillyolesara Nov 26, 2011 03:26 PM

          Thanks for your help, everyone! There appears to be two nearly impossible hurdles living in the U.S.: 1. pasteurization and 2. a lack of water buffalos. Sigh. I have tried the cow's milk/pasteurized kaymak/gaimar and it's still very good :)

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            Peripatetic RE: sillyolesara Nov 26, 2011 09:50 PM

            Where did you find kaymak in the end? I might be able to live with cow's milk and pasteurization.

          2. Akitist RE: sillyolesara Nov 26, 2011 08:02 PM

            Huell Howser did an episode on a herd of water buffaloes somewhere in L A county, used to produce mozarella. Anyone know if they are still around?

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              Novelli RE: Akitist Nov 28, 2011 11:45 AM

              That would be Bubalus Bubalis Mozzarella...and unfortunately, no, they ae no longer producing.

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              eams RE: sillyolesara Nov 28, 2011 05:38 AM

              Jordan market on Westwood Boulevard sells ghaimer. I believe it is made from cows milk. You can dip sweet, soft dates into ghaimer for an instant dessert.

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                sillyolesara RE: sillyolesara Jul 25, 2012 10:46 AM

                So I never found water buffalo's milk in the end -- although like someone in the thread said there is water buffalo mozzarella in California. Perhaps one day I will go to the farm and ask for the milk to make the gaimar. My mom makes gaimar from cow's milk and it's still very delicious, but my parents have spent my whole life talking about Iraqi Gaimar from water buffalo's milk that I fear I'll never be able to try it given the current situation. Perhaps if I travel to India?

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                  shend75 RE: sillyolesara Feb 23, 2014 10:13 AM

                  there's real gaimar all over the metro detroit area. literally all over. the reason for this is because the metro detroit area has the highest concentration of arabs outside of the middle east. the city of dearborn, MI has the most arabic people in the united states. the city of sterling heights, MI has the most chaldean (christians from iraq) people outside of the US. Personally I'm a chaldean person, and there's at least 5-7 arabic/chaldean grocery stores around me where i can easily get real gaimar no problem, in fact, i just finished eating some for breakfast.

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