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Kluski Noodles

My maternal grandparents are both from Poland and I was raised in Chicago (an area with a huge Polish population). I grew up with pierogi and kapusta at Thanksgiving, and was spoiled by the fact that there would be a Polish deli in any direction I chose to go. Which leads to my rather non-Polish food problem...

Tonight I had a hankering for some homemade chicken noodle soup. No problem; soup isn't that difficult. The problem I'm having is that my mother always used kluski noodles in her soup. However, I now live in Ohio, and I cannot find kluski noodles anywhere. Everytime I make chicken soup these days I've tried various noodles in my chicken noodle soup, and I've always been disappointed.

Kluski noodles are extremely thick and hearty, and even keep their firmness for weeks in a broth!

So, really what I'm wondering is what types of noodles you all can suggest for chicken noodle soup, or even a chain of stores that may cary some decent ones. Meijer carries something they call a "kluski" noodle, but it's not even close.

Thanks in advance!


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Mar. 12th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
I don't have an answer to your question, but I have to ask - what is "kapusta"? Reason I ask is, in Ukrainian, that's the word for cabbage - just the vegetable, not a dish (as far as I'm aware).
Mar. 12th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
My half-Polish mother calls boiled cabbage with a bit of bacon or salt pork "kapusta".

She says "it just means cabbage" - it's not really the exact name of the dish, just what her folks always called that particular preparation.
Mar. 12th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
In my family (the Russian part), it's a tomato-based cabbage soup.
Mar. 12th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
In Czech, "kapusta" refers to the curly, dark green kind of cabbage and it's traditionally cooked similarly to regular cabbage only with lots of garlic.

But I know that cabbage in general has pretty much two different preparations: either sweet or sour. So if you say you're making cabbage, then everyone knows what you mean.
Mar. 12th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
If you live near Cincinnati, try Jungle Jim's. If not, maybe a Trader Joe's might have it if you have that near you. I don't know where you are in Ohio, so it's difficult for me to tell you exactly. Kroger seems to be getting better things in their international section, incl. Polish stuff, so maybe even that.
Mar. 12th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
There's also a Whole Foods in Columbus, if you live near there. Also, you may try spaetzle?
Mar. 12th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)

It is weird to see you asking about Kluski, since last night at the local market here on the PA/Ohio border had Gia Russa Kluski noodles and I thought it was strange, since I'm not from this part of PA orignally and not really into Polish foods other than Pierogi.

So, maybe you could do a store search for Gia Russa Kluski noodles? Also, if you're near Pittsburgh, there is a huge Polish community so it's not uncommon to find authentic and fresh Polish foods.

Good luck in your search.
Mar. 12th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
My husband is Polish
and grew up about an hour from Chicago in Michigan. My mil made hers and her is her recipe:

2 large eggs (if she could she used duck eggs)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups flour

Mound flour on board, make well and drop in your eggs and salt. Mix with a knofe and add a little water to make a stiff dough. Knoead until smooth. Flour board and roll out thin. Let set to dry a little so dough is not sticky but not too dry to handle. Sprinkle flour on topand then fold intoa roll, slice into thin strips, toss lightly to separate and let dry on board. Boil in salted water OR soup broth until noodles rise to the top.

Note: Have you checked the frozen section in Meijers? There is a brand by Reames that is not too bad, comes in a plastic green and white bag.
Mar. 13th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Re: My husband is Polish
Not that I've ever had the "real deal" but I will say that the frozen brand by Reames is excellent. They also make a chicken soup kit (frozen cooked chicken and veggies with a bouillon packet) which used to be my comfort food when I first lived on my own and wanted a big pot of soup to last me a few days.
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: My husband is Polish
If you bump the salt up to 1 tsp, that's my grandmother's recipe. She taught me how to make kluski when I was a teenager, and was very firm about kneading the dough just right, not too much, not too hard, so the noodles cooked up soft and not doughy.
Now I want to cook.
Mar. 12th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
If you live near a Super Walmart (the ones that have half the store dedicated to groceries) check the freezer section. My Walmart has kluski noodles in the bags in the freezer section. They are flash frozen and actually cook in the broth when you add them. Good luck!
Mar. 12th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
The closest thing with which I am familiar are the homemade egg noodles sold at the farmer's market in my hometown (Athens, Ohio). I have seen something similar in the frozen section at the grocery here (Nashville, Tennessee). Perhaps you could look for a farmer's market?
Mar. 12th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I don't have the info at my finger tips, but there are websites that sell Kluszki. My Father's family are Pole/Byelorussian and Kluszki were a part of every chicken soup or even boiled and served with butter fried bread crumbs. I had to try several spellings... kluszki, kluski and found the site. If I can find it again I will post it
Mar. 12th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
There's a large Polish community in/around Cleveland, so it's easy to find kluski, etc. throughout northeast Ohio. Won't help much if you're around Columbus or Cincinnati, though, unless you have friends who visit Cleveland regularly and are willing to bring stuff back for you. :)
Mar. 12th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
someone posted a recipe already below, but i just want to encourage you to make your own. my mother is polish, and my grandmother used to always make kluski noodles in a few minutes. they are very easy to make, as you can see. they will cook quickly in the soup.
Mar. 12th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Lol, I use Mr Noodles for soups. Or you could try and check out some oriental style noodles.
Mar. 12th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
i feel your sense of loss of the kluskis - i grew up on them too.

but whenever i make chicken soup, i just find any sort of thick egg noodle and go with that. definitely not the same, but it does the trick.
Mar. 13th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
There's a brand called something like Pennsylvania Pride or Pennsylvania Dutch that makes kluski mom uses them in her chicken corn soup. I know SuperFresh has them, but I dunno if you have that in the midwest.
Mar. 14th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
A lot of grocers will be willing to order things for you. The Super Walmart here does it on occasion if you are insistant enough and can get some friends to come in and ask for the products also.
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