Friday 27 March
Ever since we first moved to Cincinnati (let's draw a veil over how long ago that was) we've been fans of Kroger Brothers in Findlay Market. We used to love their garlic metts (seasonal), Napas, and other sausages, all well-seasoned, meticulously made, and kept fresh, with lots of turnover. Expensive, and a long wait, especially on holiday weekends, but worth it.
A few years ago the Brothers sold the business, and we worried. But the new owners learned the recipes, and things seemed to be going well. Okay, then the Napas got way too salty, and the bits of bell pepper would sometimes clump up at one end. There was the occasional lump of gristle in the kielbasa. The casings on at least one sausage out of three would burst while frying. We switched to linguiça sausages, which seemed easier to produce, and they were fine...for a while.
Tonight we fried up a panful of linguiça, and pretty much everything that had ever been wrong was wrong with them. One burst in the pan, and they were all were incredibly salty, with no other seasonings tastable. It took lots of mild cole slaw in each bite to make them passable. And finally, there was a tooth-cracking-size piece of bone in one.
They should be ashamed to call this stuff Kroger Brothers' sausage. We hope that the current owners can mend their ways, but in the meantime, we are switching to Eckerlin's.