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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?

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  1. 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

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

      Maybe they just mean non-canned?

      1. re: happybaker

        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

          Great info!

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

        1. 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

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

            1. Victor's restaurant in Hollywood has it.