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What in the World is That Stuff?

I was a little kid living in New Jersey. We used to shop for our groceries at the neighborhood A&P (Greater Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company). It was cold! They kept grocery stores colder then, with their open refrigeration. If nothing else, it gave you the confidence your food wouldn't be spoiled.

I used to ride in the cart when I was very young, and even from that age, I was curious at what I saw on the shelves. You know I was most interested in the cookies, candies, and breakfast cereals. Yet, there was one item in a different part of the store I became obsessed with.

One foodstuff came in jars about the size of a pickle jar, with plain salt brine and this grayish floating solid stuff that looked a bit like ground meat in sausage link form, only without an external skin. It looked like (frankly) dog do. What in the world? Why would anyone eat that stuff, and what was the six-pointed star or other Jewish-specific information on the jar all about?

Apparently it was what they called Kosher. Hm. Kosher dog do? No. That was just a kid's impression. It was something called gefiltefish . Now what kind of fish is a gefiltefish? Why is it all chewed up looking? Want to know something? I still do not know the answer. So about ten or fifteen minutes ago, I sent a Facebook message to a Jewish college acquaintance of mine. Hopefully he will explain it to me.

Image Credit » A & P Grocery Store, Haddonfield, New Jersey

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MegL wrote on September 30, 2017, 1:38 PM

There were no carts that I know of in the UK at that time. They only arrived here much later. I too have heard of gefiltefish but have no idea what it is.

VinceSummers wrote on September 30, 2017, 3:09 PM

Ah, so you missed out on all the fun?

MegL wrote on September 30, 2017, 6:26 PM

Yes, I was too old to race them or be pushed in them when they arrived. LOL

lookatdesktop wrote on October 1, 2017, 9:46 PM

I haven't tried that yet. If you try tasting it now, well, let me know. I might even look for it at the grocery store just because I am being daring.