1 Saturday was cold and snowy, but the weather couldn't keep customers from shopping at Jubilat Provisions, an authentic little Polish butchery in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
2 Upon entering the shop, you immediately take in the aroma of expertly seasoned and hickory smoked Polish kielbasa, ham, bacon, and various other meats.
3 Many customers sing praises for Jubilat's special fried bacon.
4 This smoked bacon is deep-fried in oil and it is quite delicious.
5 House-made kielbasa in various tastes and sizes hangs, ready to be sold. The entire process of grinding and seasoning the meat, stuffing the sausages, and smoking them, takes place right in the store.
6 Ben Meskin and Jubilat Provisions co-owner, Stanley Myjak - Ben has been a customer for nearly 20 years and admitted to having many favorites. However, if he had to choose just one, it would be the fried bacon.
7 Jannsz Biedrzcki is another loyal and happy customer. He's been shopping at Jubilat for 21 years and says Stanley's kielbasa is the best in the world!
8 The smoked bacon is a big seller.
9 As is the Canadian bacon
10 Stanley prepares little smoked hams twice a year at Christmas and Easter. He says that it's challenging to keep up with the demand. Better put your order in now, before it's too late!
11 The double smoked kielbasa is excellent.
12 These smaller links are called hunter sausage.
13 White sausage - essentially unsmoked kielbasa
14 Blood sausage and liverwurst in a natural casing above.
15 Liverwurst in a plastic casing.
17 House-made pâtés including veal loaf, meatloaf, and liver pâté
18 House-made salami and bologna
19 Salceson Bruszwik is also know as headcheese.
20 A closer look at the headcheese
21 Peppered homemade ham
22 Various carefully chosen cold cuts are supplied by a Polish purveyor in Chicago.
23 This is a chicken headcheese, another big seller.
24 In the back of the shop is the smokery, wafting with hickory smoke.
25 Surplus meat is stored in a big refrigerator.
26 When the display meat runs out, it's replenished with this inventory.
27 In addition, Jubilat offers a nice variety of cheeses and select cuts of fresh pork.
28 His ever-growing customer base includes young and old, of Polish heritage and other ethnicities.
29 The store also has a large selection of food products imported from Eastern Europe.
30 Fruit juices
31 A jar of sour soup concentrate
32 Fine egg noodles
33 Many varieties of canned fish
34 Herring fillets and flounder too
35 Polish customers appreciate the availability of these food products and American customers love trying things that are otherwise unique to Poland.
36 There's even Polish ketchup!
37 Jars of pickled mushrooms
38 Tangy red beets with horseradish
39 The dill pickles are always fresh and delivered daily from a local pickler.
40 And so is the sauerkraut
41 There are also several types of rye and whole-grain breads to choose from.
42 Jubilat Provisions is a real neighborhood business. The children of their very first customers are grown now and are still returning to shop.
43 Stanley Myjak and his son Jonathan
44 Stanley with his hard-working staff - Nojciech Gtowecki, Johnathan Myjak, and Sabastian Landa