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Aug 24, 2012 11:01 AM

Kajmak/kaymak cheese?

Anyone know where one can buy this in town?

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  1. I'm not certain they have it, but you can try Boema Foods (Kingsway and Edmonds-ish in Burnaby).

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    1. re: fmed

      Confirmed. A Croatian friend dropped off a tub of Euro-Balkan Specialty Foods Kajmak from Whitby, ON. She bought it at Boema in Burnaby. (I asked her where you can get it shortly after I replied to your post. She mentioned you could probably get it from a European deli in the West End as there is a large population from the Balkans who live there. She also tells me that it is eaten more in Serbia or Bosnia than a Croatia.

      I'm eating it now with toast! Also great with blueberries. Apparently it is normally served with grilled meats. It is similar to regular cream cheese but a tad saltier, less sweet, less creamy in mouthfeel, and melts more like butter. This stuff will become a staple here!

      1. re: fmed

        Thanks - I did call Boema to confirm when you first suggested it but just haven't made it out there yet.

        My wife's family tends to have it with savory items, but it's really their go-to spread for any occasion. The last tub they brought back from Sarajevo had a not-quite Boursin quality to it - that's the best way I can describe it at this time of night.

        1. re: clutterer

          If you do make it out there - check out Jovo the Butcher just a few minutes away on Edmonds. Balkan cured meats and sausages....I bet they have kajmak as well.

    2. I found it once at Urban Deli on Davie (between Hornby and Howe). Ontario product, and nothing at like the real deal brought back from Bosnia. The texture was off (grainy, if I recall - this was a while ago) - perhaps had been frozen. This could have been a different product than what is now at Boema as it was some years ago. I'll have to go check that out!

      I've not had the real thing often - but what I did try was like a tangy, salty very thick clotted cream - thick, smooth, tangy, salty. Very high butterfat content.

      There are various types ranging from fresh unsalted (rather like clotted cream) to aged/fermented.

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      1. re: kinnickinnik

        Thanks for posting about this cheese which I'd not heard of. May have to head out to Boema soon!

      2. That sounds like something that would be carried by the Euro Plus Deli on Bidwell just south of Robson. That deli has a strong eastern Euro focus and there's lots of unfamiliar looking stuff in the dairy cooler.

        If you want I can look in and ask one day on the way home from work.

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        1. re: Anne M

          Thanks - I've never seen it at Euro Plus Deli, though we do stock up on our supply of Thomy mayo there from time to time.