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I gots one word for you - Kräftstjärtar

rameniac | Mar 25, 200810:26 PM

So several months ago, I took a random trip through the IKEA grocery corner and picked up a small tub of Kräftstjärtar - swedish dill pickled crawfish tails. As I love crawfish cajun style, I figured they were worth a try, hoping only that they wouldn't have that super sweet-strong pickled herring-type taste, which I'm not too fond of. I threw it in the freezer, then, I promptly forgot all about it.

Fast forward to a few nights ago, when I discovered the fossilized remains of Kräftstjärtar hidden in a bed of ice behind a bag of gyoza, woolly mammoth-style. I thawed it out and cracked it open.

HOLY CRAP IT WAS GOOD! Kräftstjärtar are the best thing to come out of Sweden since my crush on Pippi Longstocking in the 3rd grade. Light, refreshing, and subtlely dill-flavored, gloriously salty, completely shell-free and even de-veined, I popped them like there was no tomorrow and drank some of the pickling juice, then immediately raced back to IKEA for more, only to have the stockdude tell me that they're out of season so they don't have any and that the stuff typically comes in late summer.

NOOOOOOO! I know crawfish are typically seasonal, but... pickled Kräftstjärtar? I need my Kräftstjärtar fix like sugar junkies need their white powdered donuts. Anyone know a good Swedish restaurant, grocer, or another (flat-packed modular furniture) dealer? Hook a player up!

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