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anyone know where to buy reindeer (and other game) meat? TO and golden horseshoe

chicoresch Dec 17, 2006 05:46 PM

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i am looking to make a scando stew with reindeer meat. anyone know where i can buy some? i am not bothered about using frozen meat either... its likely cheaper anyway. i assume i could find some in st lawrence mkt but i would rather seek out a more independant butcher. any help would be appreciated.

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  1. orangewasabi RE: chicoresch Dec 17, 2006 06:10 PM

    call the Healthy Butcher on Queen West (just a bit east of Bathurst). They do have game but I can't recall what kinds. I don't recall reindeer though,

    1. andreas RE: chicoresch Dec 17, 2006 06:22 PM

      I am pretty sure I've seen it at the farmer's market opposite St Lawrence market. Saturdays only.

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        thomasevan RE: andreas Dec 17, 2006 10:37 PM

        He sells Wild boar, Venison, and Emu mainly, I forget his name, but as you enter the Farmers market from Front St. he is located just on the Left centre aisle 2 booths North.

      2. Pamela RE: chicoresch Dec 17, 2006 06:22 PM

        Google "exotic meats." You'll find some online stores that do sell exotic meats, including venison, rattlesnake, frog legs, kangaroo meat, alligator and crocodile meat, etc.

        I did a quick search and found a place in Seattle that does ship these exotic meats.


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          detritus RE: Pamela Dec 17, 2006 06:57 PM

          Shipping meat in from outside the country is almost certainly more trouble that it's worth.

          Actually, it's probably illegal. I wouldn't try it.

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            Pamela RE: detritus Dec 17, 2006 07:03 PM


            You're absolutely right. I apologize for that. After I posted, I realized this is the Ontario, Canada board. I looked at the website for the exotic meats company above, and the site indicated that shipments outside of the U.S. have special import and export laws, and that shipments must be over $1,000. You are right. It's too much of a hassle.

        2. Andiereid RE: chicoresch Dec 17, 2006 06:23 PM

          Reindeer? Santa is gonna leave you a bag of switches! :)

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            ishmael RE: chicoresch Dec 17, 2006 08:47 PM

            You'll have the most success by calling a supplier to high end restaurants. They may have minimums as they usually deal in large quantities. I've always had good luck with The Butcher Shoppe on Shorncliffe in Etobicoke. (416) 234 2290

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              estufarian RE: ishmael Dec 17, 2006 10:36 PM

              The Butcher Shoppe venison is from New Zealand so isn't 'reindeer' (which is caribou). I've certainly seen caribou on restaurant lists (from NWT), but I'm not sure that any of your guests will discern the difference. At the Butcher Shoppe I think the minimum order is a tenderloin (around $40). Or a side of ribs (around 10 chops).

            2. tuqueboy RE: chicoresch Dec 18, 2006 01:07 AM

              Hey there.
              You won't find reindeer, per se, but will find caribou at a few places. Reindeer is domesticated caribou, so the flavour of caribou will be roughly similar, albeit a bit gamier. You can try whitehouse meats, cumbrae's, The Butcher's (yonge north of eglinton), olliffe (yonge south of summerhill), among others.
              p.s. ar du svensk?

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                chicoresch RE: tuqueboy Dec 18, 2006 07:23 PM

                thanks for the info everyone...

                much appreciated.

                tuqueboy... nope, not swedish but i used to live there. good times.

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                pimentdespelette RE: chicoresch Dec 19, 2006 01:42 PM

                "I assume I could find some in St. Lawrence mkt."
                My God, that's the sweetest, (no offence intended to you chicoresch) most guileless thing I've read in a while. The north farmer's market can be great, but as for the rest of it, seriously. Food terminal produce, butchers that would be laughed out of many other big city markets, and just a handful of better-than-average provisioners.
                If anybody there is selling reindeer, I'll eat my laptop.

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                  j6p RE: pimentdespelette Dec 20, 2006 02:36 PM

                  that was rude.
                  I'm sure white house meats has it or they will order it and the guy selling wild game in the north market sells caribou.

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                  EPIcureanTO RE: chicoresch Dec 20, 2006 02:25 PM

                  You could always get friendly with a hunter.

                  Works for me :D

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                    mmaziarz RE: chicoresch Jan 12, 2007 12:43 AM

                    Sorry we have not added reindeer to the site yet. But for those who are looking for farm raised ontario venison try www.ontariovenison.ca I will try and add reideer links soon

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