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nancy1351 Oct 30, 2011 07:42 PM

Everyone seems to have fresh sausage, but does any market or butcher in L.A. sell fresh sauerkraut, i.e. not canned?

  1. lil mikey Nov 1, 2011 07:40 AM

    Victor's restaurant in Hollywood has it.

    1. j
      joshekg Oct 31, 2011 09:52 PM

      It's available at Whole Foods, Venice as well as the Ukranian Deli in Santa Monica on Santa Monica and 12th

      1. n
        nancy1351 Oct 31, 2011 03:31 PM

        In its raw state, sauerkraut begins as green cabbage. It is fermented in barrels (in Europe at least) using salt. Once it is fermented it is "fresh" sauerkraut (not processed but no longer cabbage). Farmers markets and other markets in Germany sell it in plastic bags right out of the barrels. That's fresh unadulterated sauerkraut. It is then treated in order to can or bottle it. I prefer the fresh stuff, not the canned or bottled stuff.

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        1. re: nancy1351
          Das Ubergeek Oct 31, 2011 09:53 PM

          You should call one of the German delis, like Schreiner's or Mattern... or even the Polish Sausage Factory.

          You might think of making your own—it's ridiculously easy to do, just salt and cabbage and a glass jar and a plate that fits inside and some time.

        2. wienermobile Oct 30, 2011 09:30 PM

          Here is an older link that may still help:

          1. Peripatetic Oct 30, 2011 07:47 PM

            YOU CAN PURCHASE . . . er, sorry . . . you can purchase fresh sauerkraut at Alpine Village Market in Torrance. It's in clear plastic containers in front of the deli counter.

            Alpine Village Market
            833 Torrance Blvd Ste 1A, Torrance, CA 90502

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            1. re: Peripatetic
              happybaker Oct 30, 2011 09:16 PM

              Yes but the phrase "fresh' really has me confused. It's a pickled product.....

              Maybe they just mean non-canned?

              1. re: happybaker
                Tripeler Oct 30, 2011 09:57 PM

                Before canning in jars and cans, sauerkraut is pasteurized to stop it from continuing to produce gas. Otherwise, the containers would explode. So I presume that "fresh" means that it has not been pasteurized.

                1. re: Tripeler
                  happybaker Oct 31, 2011 10:02 AM

                  Great info!

                  I did not know this, and this explains why one of my relatives will only get the stuff in the bag : )

              2. re: Peripatetic
                nancy1351 Oct 30, 2011 10:07 PM

                Excellent- thanks!

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