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Looking to buy a whole pigs leg (fresh ham)

janzy Nov 12, 2006 04:56 PM

I am just starting to try my hand at curing and smoking.
I would like to cure and smoke a ham.
Does anybody know where I could buy a whole pig's leg wholesale?

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    janzy Nov 16, 2006 12:45 PM

    I was wondering about that place. It's close to home, so I'll check it out.
    Taurus Meatpacking.
    Is it the sign with the huge pig that attracted you :)?

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    1. re: janzy
      foodieB Nov 16, 2006 05:55 PM

      I have kids, it's a good eye spy item. The sign seems out of place and it's pink. And oh how I do remember the taste of pork, but ... it's been a while. Drool

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      foodieB Nov 16, 2006 04:20 AM

      The newmarket area in boston has alot of wholesale places that sell to the public. I am not sure of the name of the place but I pass buy it regularly - it's Opposite 1010 Mass ave down a small side street, you can see it from Mass ave and it has a large big pink pig on the sign. I am not sure of quantities they will sell but a friend of mine goes there and buys a case of chicken wings when she has parties so I know they sell to the public.

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        erinnlee Nov 14, 2006 08:39 PM

        If you've got a local butcher, they might be able to get that for you. We have one in Malden that is great at requests....

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          adams_jo Nov 13, 2006 04:38 PM


          If you want to take the time to keep us updated on your process and progress, that would be great. I'm looking to start curing in a few months.

          1. ScubaSteve Nov 13, 2006 01:33 PM

            my local MarketBasket (Haverhill) has them right now.

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              janzy Nov 12, 2006 11:16 PM

              great, thanks!

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                cheryl_h Nov 12, 2006 10:30 PM

                As Flyfish said above, Blood Farm can accomodate most special orders. We got a whole pig from them last year, cut to our specifications. And we've ordered special cuts from them which they've accomodated.

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                  janzy Nov 12, 2006 08:50 PM

                  I have never seen a whole leg (minus the foot) at any of the supermarkets although I have seen fresh hams.
                  I'm talking from the hip joint to the ankle with the rind and fat still on it. I can trim it and then use the lard after boiling the fat down. They average about 22 lbs. before curing and smoking.
                  They end up about 15 lbs. after.

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                    Chicky Nov 12, 2006 08:02 PM

                    This is not such an exotic item. Try HILO Market in JP.

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                      bee Nov 12, 2006 07:24 PM

                      I think you could probably call Savenors (Charles St. in Beacon Hill and Cambridge St. near Dali in Camb/Somerville). If they can't do it, they should know where to send you. Or maybe call Hilltop Butchery conncect to the steak house on Rt. 1 in Saugus?

                      oh -- I don't know about wholesale tho'

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                      1. re: bee
                        Blumie Nov 13, 2006 02:59 AM

                        Similarly, John Dewar, in Newton and in Wellesley, can score anything you need, but it certainly will not be wholesale.

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                        FlyFish Nov 12, 2006 05:10 PM

                        I'm not sure about the "wholesale" part, and I doubt that a single fresh ham would qualify for any wholesale-type price break, but I've had no trouble ordering a fresh ham from any butcher or just about any decent supermarket meat department. At times they've even had one in the cooler when I asked, and I've seen them in the meat case around holidays. I don't know where in the Boston area you are, but my wife bought one last week from Blood Farm in Groton.

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