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Jul 29, 2013 09:57 AM

"Live" sauerkraut in Calgary?

Does anybody know where I can find unpasteurized sauerkraut in Calgary? More probiotics than yogurt but I only see canned or jarred kraut in the shelves, not that I've looked that hard- would love to give it a try.

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  1. The Light Cellar in Bowness.

    1. I did buy some sauerkraut that came home in a bag from Jan's Meat and Deli. It came from a big barrel, is that close?

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      1. re: gardengorilla

        I'll ask next time I'm there. Live sauerkraut can't have been cooked or pasteurized and I doubt a barrel will keep it fresh. It's like kimchee- if it has live bacteria it has to be sold refrigerated.

      2. Answering my own q- several styles at Community but expensive ($10 a jar). Yes it's easy to make at home but takes weeks.

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        1. re: plateofshrimp

          I'll be making some this year. My mom is scouting around for a 10L crock for me...
          I remember helping my Grandma make it, it isn't that hard but according to my mom they had a batch go bad one year because the house was too cool (it was a late batch)
          I can't wait to give it a go!

          1. re: gardengorilla

            They sell special huge crocks for this purpose at Community Natural Foods. They're expensive, more than $200 but custom built for making big batches of sauerkraut.

        2. And to answer my own question: The bags from Lumsden SK that they sell in the produce dept at Safeway are unpasteurized! Half the price of the jarred ones at Community ($5) and delicious.

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          1. re: plateofshrimp

            And to reply to my answer to my own question-the same sauerkraut is at Co-op. Same price as Safeway. Very delicious. I'm totally sold on live sauerkraut now!

              1. re: josey124

                Yes- look for the whole bagged "sour cabbage" in produce, at least in the Midtown Market. Sauerkraut is right next to it.

                1. re: plateofshrimp

                  i think i have also seen it at the cabbage section. they have sour cabbage and saurkraut. I did not know that it was high in pobiotics! thanks for the info!

                  1. re: whythreecats

                    Yep- like kimchee, one of the healthiest things to put in your bod.

                    1. re: plateofshrimp

                      Speaking of kimchee, where do I find this? Never tried but having an urge to taste...

                      1. re: 2 italianfoodies

                        Any Korean or Asian market- there is probably a hundred or more places in Calgary that sell it. Kimchee just means "pickle" in Korean and there are many kinds- a good option is to find something among the banchan (side dishes) at a Korean resto you like and then find it at a market. Be forewarned that it is very much an acquired taste.

                        1. re: 2 italianfoodies

                          Go to Arirang for kimchee. But also go to Olive Chicken in the same plaza for lunch. This is an order!!!!!

                          1. re: Scary Bill

                            Olive Chicken is amazing but there's (or soon will be) another Korean fried chicken place opening, in Kensington- WOW Chicken.

                            Do not make the mistake of buying sauerkraut from the Hutterites at Crossroads. Asked if it was pasteurised- no, they say. What they didn't say is that the cabbage is COOKED. Probiotic value destroyed. I'm sticking with Kessels which is an amazing product.

            1. I'm making the type you're looking for if that is of interest - Chinook Park in the SW