New Year’s pork and sauerkraut, the 2012 edition

You might remember that around this time in 2010, I started asking you if pork and sauerkraut is a New Year must-have in your house.

Well, it turns out you guys really like it. I know. Shocking!

One commenter, Justine Toombs, wrote: “I grew up in Western PA. Every year my family eats sauerkraut and pork for New Year’s. It is easy to make and delicious to eat!! All you need is a Crockpot and sauerkraut, large chunks of onion, a quartered apple, brown sugar, browned pork chops (browning the pork chops allows you to scrape brownbits into the kraut adding flavor), and hot dogs. Before you serve, take out the apple and onion as it is added for flavor. Then for leftovers we eat kraut-dogs!! Mmmm, yummy!”

Hubby would probably LOVE that. He mentioned that kielbasa is the kind of “pork” that he likes best with sauerkraut. He did not get any last New Year’s Day, and he probably won’t again this year! (We do usually have a pork roast, though.)

One complaint: I remember that last New Year’s Eve, the grocery store was PACKED and the meat counter was cleared out. Here’s my public-service announcement. If you know today that you’re having this on Jan. 1, go buy it now! Pork freezes, folks, and kraut can be refrigerated!

So, are you partaking this year?

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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3 Responses to New Year’s pork and sauerkraut, the 2012 edition

  1. Melanie Pancho says:

    Yep. Got my sauerkraut a couple weeks ago, heading to the grocery store this morning for my pork. I love starting the year with a little bit of York County PA down here in Virginia Beach!

  2. Bruce Thiel says:

    Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I had never heard of using apples in the pork and sauerkraut until I moved to Carroll County, Md., some years back. Now when I make it, I use applesauce and a little brown sugar. It really takes the sour bite out of the sauerkraut.

    Last year, I had no pork, so I chopped up a summer sausage from a gift basket I received for Christmas! It worked just fine.

    Since moving to York County, I have discovered J. Hippy hot dogs, made by Denver Meats Co. in Denver, Pa. They are the best I’ve ever had. You can buy them at the Eastern Market. So, it’s going to be J. Hippys and sauerkraut this New Year’s.

  3. Jo says:

    Pig & kraut now in the fridge.

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