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Old 11-04-2018, 08:06 AM
 
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I am usually able to find it in the Jewish section of the stores elnina.
Agree. Certain parts of our town have larger populations of Jewish citizens than others. The grocery stores in those areas happen to have a larger number of items that interest the Jewish population.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:52 AM
 
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Agree. Certain parts of our town have larger populations of Jewish citizens than others. The grocery stores in those areas happen to have a larger number of items that interest the Jewish population.
That's an interesting point. Jewish populations strongly influence the neighborhoods they live in. And since Jewish cuisine has many fish dishes---which is influenced by kosher laws and fish being parve---Jewish neighborhoods are a good place to find pickled herring. Also lox and smoked salmon.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:25 AM
 
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That's an interesting point. Jewish populations strongly influence the neighborhoods they live in. And since Jewish cuisine has many fish dishes---which is influenced by kosher laws and fish being parve---Jewish neighborhoods are a good place to find pickled herring. Also lox and smoked salmon.


If you want a wide selection of herrings in the Chicago area, attend the Julborg at Tre Kronor where they present approximately seven different presentations of herring.

http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=56092
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:28 AM
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I live in San Antonio and for years tried to find it in regular grocery stores. Sure, I could travel somewhere or order online, but the question remain, why the marinated herring isn't a bit more popular in the US, especially in Texas ...



I am not interested in canned herring. That one is easier to buy, although not popular.
I don't want fresh/frozen herring either.

Catch and smoke eel by myself? Isn't going to happen. And if it's so abundant here, why isn't sold in stores?

Smoked oysters are awesome. I buy canned fish frequently, that's probably why I know a lot about them, what's available and where to buy...
Well, Im not from Texas, but most Southerners look at eel as a mere nuisance that scares the real fish away, and will kill it and throw it away when they catch one. It also releases a nasty oil when caught, which some people find off-putting. My grandfather used to use the fishing line to beat it on the water until unconscious and then cut it off at the hook/head to avoid the nasty oil.

Maybe an employee in one of the Sushi restaurants can hook you up with a source for fresh eel, if there is some form of nearby 'Chinatown' or other Asian retail area, they may have canned smoked eel.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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My husband and I love pickled herring but don't live in "pickled herring land". We found large jars of it, however, at Walmart. I have also purchased it from MarinaMarket.com located in the Seattle area. Most Scandinavian food websites sell it.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:42 AM
 
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I can find it in most stores like Whole Foods , Mariano’s, and also small specialty stores. They need to be refrigerated so they are usually by the fresh salmon / caviar isle. Costco also has really good prices on them. I grew up eating them so I usually have a jar on hand
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Old 11-04-2018, 02:42 PM
 
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... why is so hard to buy one?
Herring is a very unpopular fish in the US.
When you go to a store, to the fish aisle - tuna is the king. Tuna in oil, tuna in light oil and tuna in water. Sometimes in tomato. Sooooo boring! There might be a can or two of salmon and mackerel, perhaps few sardines, a trout if you're lucky and that generally covers the fish assortment. Everything it's in oil or water. Lately mostly water. Few in tomato, or smoked.
All good, but there is more fish in the water. What about herring, bullhead, cod, pollock, sprats, flounder, pilchard... etc. Or smoked eel?
I love pickles herring, but it's almost impossible to buy where I live.
Go online and find ethnic stores. They usually have a Al- at th3 start or a Arabic name. You’ll find all the stuff you want. I grew up with herring, nutella, Biscotti, pita bread, feta cheese, Greek olives, Vegeta, Cinzano, Mediterranean type foods and eats. Most stores today are starting to have a ethnic isle.
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:57 PM
 
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Nope. Not here.

Checked Walmart and Costco. We don't have Aldi in SA, but I am sure they don't have it in Houston. There are plenty of all kinds in Europe. I never saw any in the US.

Costco has only tuna in water or oil. Tin cans. If you see it in your store Jewish section, in Walmart, Costco or Aldi - please be kind and post a picture here, so I can go to my local stores, show them and perhaps be able to request it.

Thank you kindly!!!!!!!!!
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I live in San Antonio and for years tried to find it in regular grocery stores. Sure, I could travel somewhere or order online, but the question remain, why the marinated herring isn't a bit more popular in the US, especially in Texas ...
I've never been in a large chain grocery store that didn't have it. And that includes Costco. In fact, according to Instacart, it is available at Costco's in San Antonio. Just plug in your zip code. (I plugged in 78201.)

https://www.instacart.com/costco/pro...sauce-26-0-oz#
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:21 AM
 
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... why is so hard to buy one?
Herring is a very unpopular fish in the US.
When you go to a store, to the fish aisle - tuna is the king. Tuna in oil, tuna in light oil and tuna in water. Sometimes in tomato. Sooooo boring! There might be a can or two of salmon and mackerel, perhaps few sardines, a trout if you're lucky and that generally covers the fish assortment. Everything it's in oil or water. Lately mostly water. Few in tomato, or smoked.
All good, but there is more fish in the water. What about herring, bullhead, cod, pollock, sprats, flounder, pilchard... etc. Or smoked eel?
I love pickles herring, but it's almost impossible to buy where I live.
Are you looking in the right spot in the supermarket? Its not kept with canned fish - its usually in the open-faced chill cabinets, along with the smoked salmon and smoked trout.


I lived in Greenpoint for a while back in the day and the Polish delis there used to keep whole pickled herring in a plastic-lidded barrel right there on the floor. Self-serve with a handy pair of tongs and some plastic bags. Next to the self-serve barrels of dill pickles.


You can sometimes find smoked eel (Japanese style) in the freezer cabinet.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:49 PM
 
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What a shame hat there is no pickled herring in Texas. No Polish, German, Russian or general European food stores. Seems odd.

Maybe by the time people migrate to Texas they lose their taste for the foods of their ancestors.
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