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sleeve boned quail

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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

http://www.vermontquail.com/store.html

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

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  1. When Cafe Rouge has them, they are boned.

    1. 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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      1. re: PBSF

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

        1. re: wally

          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.

          1. re: PBSF

            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.)

      2. 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
        http://fattedcalf.com/