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2012/10/04 18:13:52 (permalink)

Sauerkraut?

I usually don't offer kraut because I get so few requests for it. Seeing as I'm doing an Oktoberfest, it seems apropo. Was just gonna get a can or jar or two to have on hand. Questions.........
Any nation-wide brands any better than others?
Is it usually served warm or cold?
What's the best way to heat it? If kept warm, will it hold up for hours? Was thinking either putting a serving in a baggie and dropping in hot water for a spell on demand or in foil on the grill.
Also, does it need to be stored below 40 or above 135?
I don't eat the stuff, so I'm ignorant.
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    CCinNJ
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 18:26:20 (permalink)
    Sauerkraut is King here.

    Hold it cold...because some people will want it cold (or at least cooler than hot).

    Maybe try a little Bacon Jam in the Sauerkraut. Bacon & Sauerkraut are like Chili & Cheese. Hold some onions separate from peppers. Onions & Sauerkraut are like Chili & Jalapeños.

    You can hold it hot but it will lose its punch or get too punchy (depending on how you try to control it) & get brown & dry if it does not move quickly.

    Call it Sauerkraut not Kraut at an Octoberfest. Kraut is an abbreviation...but also a slur.

    When at an Octoberfest..don't say Kraut. When in Rome...don't say Guinea.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/10/04 18:50:39
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 19:08:19 (permalink)
    Sauerkraut is not exactly the rocket science of recipes. But you want to go with something you know is a good brand.

    I doubt you will be able to find something like Sabrett. If not..try finding something else in a bag...rather than a can.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 19:12:23 (permalink)
    Silver Floss in the can from Walmart is a good brand. Buy the shredded style and not the Bavarian. Like CC said I hold mine cold and heat to order on top of my griddle. Takes 15 to 30 seconds on a pre heated griddle top.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 19:19:33 (permalink)
     
    I love sauerkraut, and most saurerkraut afficianados do not like the canned stuff.  Get the fresh stuff that is in bags in the fridge section.  Usually with the meats. 
     
     
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 19:22:15 (permalink)
    I agree...for an Octoberfest.

    If not by the meat...by the cold pickles or in the deli section.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 20:12:06 (permalink)
    I love sauerkraut also. I have never had any complaints and plenty of repeats for my kraut dogs. Many are nothern folks that are pretty picky about their dogs when it comes to kraut, red onion sauce, etc.
     
    Either way, IMO kraut is worth the effort to carry no matter the packaging. :)
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 20:38:15 (permalink)
    It's going to be Ethnic & Cultural enough to include a 32 member German Band...and Dance Group.

    You know how some people don't like can of beer...and will be vocal about it? For maybe a few bucks...go with a bag. They will forgive you for not having your Grandmas secret recipe but there's no benefit to taking the chance of having a conversation with someone who asks...and gasps. Or goes on & on about it.

    I'm not German but I am a smidge Polish. It's worth it not to hear any German or Polish person talk Sauerkraut 101 to you...even if they are just sharing in a helpful way while all you are trying to do is bang out Hot Dogs & Brats.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/10/04 20:45:01
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 20:50:38 (permalink)
    RJT

    I love sauerkraut also. I have never had any complaints and plenty of repeats for my kraut dogs. Many are nothern folks that are pretty picky about their dogs when it comes to kraut, red onion sauce, etc.

    Either way, IMO kraut is worth the effort to carry no matter the packaging. :)

    The only thing to be aware of is the packaging will make a difference in the product...a big difference if your talking a deli type kraut that is kept cold.  In that case its most likely simply fermented cabbage that has not been cooked at all.  Where canned kraut by the very nature of canning has been cooked.  The flavors are quite different not to say one is better than the other, just very different.    The fermentation times and temps have a lot to do with the flavor also, it's sorta like wine.  Once you hit that sweet spot of perfect time and temp there's nothing like it.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 21:33:08 (permalink)
    Thanks from all the Kraut gurus but I think I will stick to what has been working for me (have zero complaints) and use my canned variety. It is eaiser to store, handle , etc.
     
    http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Floss-Sauerkraut-Barrel-Cured/dp/B0029JQ0H2
    post edited by RJT - 2012/10/04 21:56:54
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 21:44:09 (permalink)
    This is not about everyday business (or directed at you).

    It's about a one day event that will be Ethnic in nature. If someone requests it cold...they usually expect the bagged variety. That way you get to hold the "integrity" of the product. You can warm bagged Sauerkraut. You can't satisfy a customer who wants it cold...from the bagged variety when all you have is canned. Some will not only be able to tell...they will tell you...especially when your the only vendor at this type of event.

    People can serve Ragu sauce to the general public. You would not do that at an Italian Feast.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 21:56:28 (permalink)
    CC I hear you but I serve mine both cold and hot with zero complaints and plenty of compliments. Silver Floss gets high reviews on the internet and is a good quality product.
     
    Sure, if it is a one day event by all means get the bag stuff if you and others think that is best but in the end I doubt it makes or breaks the day one way or another in the bag or can or jar.
     
     
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 21:57:00 (permalink)
    Had to go get more today and had to laugh at how I would never be without it after not carrying it until a couple months ago. I just use the cheapo Kraft stuff, cold. I was wondering if I should heat it but I have not have one person ask for it that way. Usually I ask people if they want it and it makes them happy that I do. I usually run out pretty fast but anyone know how long it keeps for? 
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 21:59:35 (permalink)
    I doubt people would complain to you.

    I'm just sayin'.

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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 21:59:47 (permalink)
    I toss what does not get sold in that week. Kraut is fairly cheap at around a $1 a can so no big deal for me to toss it. I have kept in in the fridge for home consumption for a month or so with no ill effects in taste or quality. For consumer use I dont risk it and toss it....
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 22:13:07 (permalink)
    CCinNJ

    I doubt people would complain to you.

    I'm just sayin'.

     
    Maybe not but when I ask them "how do you like the dog?" and they say "one of the best I have had" or "best I ever had" I guess they could be lying. Like I said besides no complaints I get plenty of compliment and repeat business.
    So again, I guess I will stick with what has worked for me.
     
    By all means get the bag stuff so you will be covered and have the "best" even though "best" is VERY subjective. I like single malt scotch and think it is the "best" and the correct way to drink a scotch but many people say it taste like crap and prefer the blend variety.
    Im just saying...
     
    Hope you make a ton of cabbage with your bag cabbage and dogs.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/04 22:20:28 (permalink)
    No...I mean his customers will not complain to you. It's not about carrying it this way or that way...right or wrong. When you can expect some Ethnic activity it's a safe bet to spend a few bucks as insurance...for a day.

    I will send him the difference if he uses bagged with the over/under at 3 people asking if he has cold...and asks if it's not from a can....at this event.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/10/04 22:21:52
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 11:37:44 (permalink)
    RJT

    I toss what does not get sold in that week. Kraut is fairly cheap at around a $1 a can so no big deal for me to toss it. I have kept in in the fridge for home consumption for a month or so with no ill effects in taste or quality. For consumer use I dont risk it and toss it....


    I agree with RJT, nothing wrong with Kraut in the can. I would put everything out so people can build their own sausage and dogs. Your going to be busy enough keeping up with the cooking and serving. This is your first big event, you don't work/serve the same way when working with volume, as you do in you daily business. It looks like you are very unsure of yourself in a lot of areas, keep it simple, so things go nice and smooth..............have fun..pnwc
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 12:15:18 (permalink)
    There's nothing really difficult about having cold sauerkraut not from a "nothing wrong with" can and put "your heart & soul" (lol) into doing something special and accommodate some who (like beer mushrooms etc.) don't like certain foods from a can. You can at the same time hold some hot.

    You may or may not get a request or question from the customers about it not being from a can. I think at a one day event like this it's reasonable to expect some people to have an opinion and preference about Sauerkraut.

    I do know that not many people would question to make sure if it is something from a can...and be disappointed.

    There is a taste difference between both.

    I mean you can pick up a bag & a can. It's not like caviar....$$$$.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 13:25:19 (permalink)

    <<..."I agree with RJT, nothing wrong with Kraut in the can."....>>
     
    Yes, there is nothing "wrong" with it.   But, if one vendor has the canned stuff, and one has the fresh stuff, guess which one I am giving the business to?   Fresh versus canned have distinctly different tastes to those who love sauerkraut. 
     
     
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 13:42:54 (permalink)
    Here's an article from the local paper....
    http://www.martinsvillebu...m?ID=34958  
    Says 14 food vendors, then mentions the food, but doesn't mention hot dogs.
    I think that bodes well for me.
    I will be away from the food court area which means I won't have "direct" competition. Knowing this town, I think I may get a lot of people who don't want "that Nazi Food".
    That said, I will be carrying more than my usual amount of brats. As for the sauerkraut, I'll look for some bagged stuff and get a couple cans for backup.
    Still ain't sure how much food to bring.I don't have help or a runner.
    I've done busy events before where the line didn't stop for hours, so I'm not really green.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 13:50:08 (permalink)
    You'll do great JCheese.

    Umm...what kind of mustard will you be serving?

    I LOVE a good debate!!!

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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 14:00:54 (permalink)
    I was meaning to ask what kinda mustard. I usually have Frenches Spicy Brown on hand. Going shopping in a bit, any ideas?
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 14:07:39 (permalink)
    Gulden's Spicy Brown is usually the standard found everywhere here. Satisfies the picky to don't really care folks.

    You may not find it there.

    Plochman's Kosciusko Spicy Brown Mustard is A+++

    Nathan's is very good...and matches your hot dogs. It may also be the easiest to find.

    None of them will break the bank...but might be nice additions to the party.

    The article mentioned the lines for German food were really long last year. The other vendors might be really traditional from soup to nuts. But ...it's always nice to do a little extra with stuff geared for a certain base....just because. As long as it does not cost a fortune (this won't) or be totally crazy (this isn't) or take more time (not at all).

    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/10/05 14:17:09
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 14:41:06 (permalink)
    yeah, Do you serve sauerkraut?
    sure, we serve everyone, what can I get you.
     
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 14:45:03 (permalink)
    With mustard the only thing that would cone close to the end of the world (like the Sauerkraut) is yellow only mustard.

    You guys are not used to some ethnic celebrations.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/10/05 14:47:00
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 18:02:17 (permalink)
    OK, I got a pound bag of kraut and two jars. I got Guldens and even some shredded Swiss cheese.
    This is cool.....tried a new Brat last week and liked it. Today they had a bunch ready to expire for $1.49 a 6-pack. Bought them out.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 18:18:17 (permalink)
    Excellent!

    Tear it up...JCheese!!!!

    Now I can pack for vacation...with a clear mind.
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 19:14:21 (permalink)
    uh-oh, Swiss Cheese on brats???? Sounds like another 2 page tongue lashing for you!
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    Re:Sauerkraut? 2012/10/05 19:32:12 (permalink)
    I don't know sh*t about Brats but there's a Swiss & Mushroom Brat at the Sheboygan Brat Co.

    http://www.bratwurst.net/...=catalog&parent=1&pg=1

    Point them to Sheboygan.
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