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So, last weekend I went out on a trip with JasPL from the backpacker.com forums and he was kind enough to share with me an ever so tasty treat. Dried, smoked kiebasa sausage from a little polish deli over in his neck of the woods.
It was amazingly good. And as I sat there eating it I was thinking why the heck would anyone bring salami or summer sausage etc when they can get this stuff.
So when I got back home I followed JasPL's advice and sought out a polish deli. Well I ended up going to a polish market and they had a huge selection of dried sausages. Probably at least 20 different kinds. The names were all in polish and I had no idea what anything was so I just asked the nice lady at the counter to surprise me with 3 random wheels of sausage that were hanging on the wall behind her.
I left the market with 1 spicy, 1 garlic, and one regular of what I assume is kiebasa, but honestly I have no idea what it is really. In any case, I ate half a wheel on the way home because it was so freakin good. I think it goes awesome with a sharp cheddar or a smoked cheddar.
The best part is that it wasnt even remotely expensive. I got 5 lbs for a grand total of 18.20. They arn't dried hard, so will only last 2 weeks or so, but that is more than ample for backpacking outings. I know for a fact it will be eaten long before it would even remotely start to go bad.
So if you have not ventured out to visit a polish market, or another ethnic market that does the same kinda thing I highly suggest you do. I wont ever be taking the typical grocery store sausages out with me ever again.
I <3 Polish people and their delish sausages