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What's Kowalski (Hamtramck, MI) kielbasa like?


Turbowicz 4 | 13
7 Jul 2012 #1
I remember Kowalski's when we used to visit ciocia and wujek in Hamtramck, but don't recall that we ever purchased anything there. However, I see that Kowalski's is still in business, and they sell via their website. They also provide a few recipes that look appealing: kowality.com

Anybody familiar with Kowalski's products?

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Meathead 5 | 467
8 Jul 2012 #2
I don't know if it was Kowalski's but I purchased some fresh polish sausage from a Polish Deli in Hamtramck (on Jos campo) and it was gooood. The stuff was freshly made and not packaged like they show on the website. This was a couple of Christmas's ago.
Polonius3 983 | 12333
15 Jul 2012 #3
Kowalski kiełbasa is OK, but it is made for the sake of broad American pubic appeal. A taste test conducted a few years ago showed Hamtramck natives preferred the kiełbasa from smaller family-owned places like Środek's or Polish Market. Kopytko's (a Ukrainian pork butcher) was excellent, but they went out of business a coupla years ago.
Patrycja19 62 | 2683
15 Jul 2012 #4
Kowalski kiełbasa is OK, but it is made for the sake of broad American pubic appeal

Ahem!! Just for the record Kowalski's Keilbasa has never appealed to my pubic.. maybe yours. not mine.
hamtramckPOLE - | 9
2 Mar 2013 #5
it ok like polish market or srodeks i live in hamtramck so i would know
TwinbrookNine
16 Mar 2018 #6
Kowalski's smoked kielbasa (like their cold cuts) are the best of the best. Kowalski fresh kielbasa (pretty much like Srodek's and Polish market) are quite good, although I'm into a more garlicky sausage than any of them produce. Pypkowski once upon a time had the best fresh kielbasa but that outfit is long gone.
johnny reb 48 | 7443
16 Mar 2018 #7
I just had some Kowalski Polish sausage this week.
It costs almost exactly twice as much as the commercial fat filled crap like Hillshire out of big box stores.
(About $6 - $7 a pound.)
You get what you pay for when it comes to a good meaty sausage with natural casings that has flavor besides garlic and smoke.
However like Pol3 stated, it doesn't compare with the smaller Mom & Pop Polish meat shops sausages and cold cuts.
Those get real expensive but damn are they good.
Maybe I will get some for St. Patrick's Day.
Gimmetheworks
21 Oct 2022 #8
We're from Chicago. Saw the name Kowalski, and we were so excited that we could buy Polish food. We looked for anything resembling something Polish. We asked at the deli if they had pierogi. She had no clue at to what they were. I tried to explain them, and she sent us to the bakery aisle. Looked at the breads and the prices, looked at each other and never went back 🙄
Alien 21 | 5267
22 Oct 2022 #9
@Gimmetheworks
Good quality has to cost.
pawian 223 | 24385
22 Oct 2022 #10
Looked at the breads and the prices,

Too cheap ??

Good quality has to cost.

Yes, Gimme was looking for top stuff.

Similarly here. I reject sausage which costs around 20 PLN. It must be 40 to be quality.
fenny65 - | 1
22 Nov 2022 #11
I was wondering what style/type/region is Kowalski smoked polish sausage? If I were to try and make my own, is there a good recipe that is close to Kowalski?
pawian 223 | 24385
26 Nov 2022 #12
Kowalski smoked polish sausage?

You mean Kowalski producer in the US???
Let`s be honest - only Poland-based producers, using local ingredients, are able to make original Polish food. In the US you have different everything so the taste of your products is more American than Polish.
johnny reb 48 | 7443
27 Nov 2022 #13
In reality, you couldn't tell the difference in most cases. IMO
I live in Michigan (Home of Hamtramck) and have had Polish sausages from both Poland and Hamtramck.
Pawian hasn't.
pawian 223 | 24385
27 Nov 2022 #14
have had Polish sausages from both Poland

They only told you it was from Poland while in fact it was produced locally. You are so naive........ :(:(:(:
johnny reb 48 | 7443
27 Nov 2022 #15
Liar, I have friends who brought it back from Poland for me.
A waste of money as Kowalski's is just as good.
All you are paying for from Poland is bragging rights.
pawian 223 | 24385
27 Nov 2022 #16
I had it shipped here from Poland.

They cheated on you. Gullible like a child. Those Americans. Ha!
johnny reb 48 | 7443
27 Nov 2022 #17
No, you are a lying again.
My family does not cheat me.
They brought it back from Poland for me.
It was nothing to write home about.
German sausage is much better than Polish sausage.
pawian 223 | 24385
27 Nov 2022 #18
They brought it back from Poland for me.

Don`t be stupid. You can`t bring meat products to the USA just like that due to USDA regulations. You need a license for that as a wholesale importer.

German sausage is much better

Yes, exactly, to Germans, it is. :):):)


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