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sleeve boned quail

rootlesscosmo Jul 26, 2006 12:41 AM

Anyplace in the Bay Area carry these? I found one post that claimed it's fairly easy to remove backbone and breastbone without breaking the skin... not for me it isn't. I found an online source, Cavendish Game Birds


that has them for a reasonable price but the shipping charge is pretty hefty. Alternatives?

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    wally RE: rootlesscosmo Jul 26, 2006 01:41 AM

    When Cafe Rouge has them, they are boned.

    1. PBSF RE: rootlesscosmo Jul 26, 2006 05:24 AM

      I think Hoffman Game Birds has them on Saturdays at the SF Ferry Plaza Market. They might be packed 6 to a cryo-vac bag. You can call them at their farm before Saturday 209-823-4028.

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        wally RE: PBSF Jul 26, 2006 06:48 AM

        Hoffman Game Birds on Saturdays have only quail with the bones in, they are not boned.

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          PBSF RE: wally Jul 26, 2006 07:53 AM

          Unless this is a recent change, I have ordered from Ruth Hoffman boneless quails in 6 pack, cryo-vac. They're tunnel boned, with only bones in their wings and legs. I believe Cafe Rouge retails for them.

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            rootlesscosmo RE: PBSF Jul 26, 2006 02:35 PM

            Thanks. I'll ask her about this on Saturday. (Sleeve-boned and tunnel-boned sound like the same thing--breastbone and backbone removed without cutting through the skin, so the birds lie flat for sautéing or grilling.)

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        sensi63 RE: rootlesscosmo Jul 26, 2006 11:36 PM

        Get on fatted calf's email list. They sell basically stuffed brined boneless quail from the farmers market a couple of times a month. They are delicious, really really good. One is enough for two light eaters with lots of sides, or one per person as a main. Really yum

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