Are all pierogies the same? It turns out there is a huge difference between the Pierogi made in Poland and what you can find here in the States. It is even more difficult to find healthy, home-style Polish Pierogi on the West Coast, especially California! As most of you know who have made your own Pierogi at home, making these delicate Polish dumplings is an incredible amount of work. But, if you love homestyle Pierogi like we do, we felt the extra labor was worth it.
However, just making tasty Pierogi was not enough for us. We wanted to satisfy our taste buds, and nourish our bodies too! This became a daunting task. For good taste, we decided to use only the freshest, organic ingredients available, preferably local to maintain the flavor and nutrition of each vegetable. We also were adamant about adding no artificial flavorings, no MSG, no additives, no preservatives, no GMO ingredients, no dairy with growth hormones, no meat with antibiotics or hormones, and all the other things that go along with many packaged foods today.
What we wanted to sell is an authentic pierogi that tastes and nourishes like home cooking.
To accomplish this, it took a year of research to find the local, organic farmers we could trust and then to test the recipe with each final ingredient. Keeping to the homemade recipes from Tomek's grandmother in Poland, we found fresh, hand-crafted farmer's cheese for our potato cheese pierogi and local sauerkraut without added vinegar. The only change to our original recipes were a few seasoning and spices to provide that true "California Fusion" flavor that make California restaurants some of the best in the world.
What is truly amazing is that when you look back at some of the very old Pierogi recipes from Poland, you will find that they were packed with nutrients! For instance, you may be surprised to learn that making pierogi filled with ancient grains, Millet and Buckwheat, was very common. Today, many are just realizing the incredible health benefits of Millet, a whole grain that is loaded with important nutrients including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. (Yes, we use Millet in our Pierogi!)
Quite frankly, we want to sell food that we would enjoy eating ourselves, and we are picky food consumers! After all our hard work and research, we hope you enjoy our accomplishment: healthy, tasty, convenient, and affordable Pierogi that can be enjoyed by the entire family!
We strive to find all our ingredients locally, from farmers here in the Bay Area, California, and we strive to find affordable organic ingredients, whenever possible. We also believe real pierogi should have a thin, delicate dough with twice the amount of stuffing. So all our flavors have more stuffing than dough, so you get more vegetables, cheese, or meat. We also have no short-cuts in our manufacturing process. All our onion is slowly caramalized for that sweet, savory flavor. Our organic bell peppers and garlic are also carefully roasted. Sure, it is extra work, but we felt our customers would appreciate the taste of real homecooked pierogi.
If you have any questions about our pierogi, please do not hesitate to contact us!