ISO...turkey parts...in LA County
- DiveFan Aug 13, 2007 08:28 PM
Maybe the mods will move this, maybe not.
I'm single and I don't have a big fridge so cooking a whole turkey at home is not my preference. After all of the Mexican regional food talk I have a hankering for Turkey.
However, I haven't found any place so far that sells reasonably priced, bone-in parts other than defrosted Legs. OK for county fair food, not for shredding into taco filling. I haven't considered Vons since they've concentrated on selling pretty, boneless, skinless, expensive cuts to Joe Yuppie and Suzy Soccer Mom.
Where do the other turkey parts go? Soon to be a new episode, narrated by Leonard Nimoy.
Maybe I dont understand the post. I buy turkey parts-simple cut up turkey, bone in, skin on, all the time at the local markets like Von's, Albertsons, etc. It's very reasonable. Also, you can buy a fresh turkey from so many places and they will cut it up and freezer wrap it for you. See this old post and look for a link I provided in a reply I gave.
I found turkey tails at Ranch King. Corner of Los Robles and Orange Grove in Pasadena.
Or maybe thats King Ranch....
Sorry to all posters, I should have titled the location 'LA - South Bay'.
Francesca and blipontheradar, sorry, don't have a Gelsons or Ranch/King (I think) anywhere close.
Turkey tails, egad, I was thinking a little more meat :-).
Simihound, I'm not sure I believe you about 'pre cut up' turkey - as I said above, I never see it in my downscale hood in the South Bay or in my mom's super upscale one up north.
I have to admit I often don't have the patience to wait for a busy supermarket butcher (if available) to cut up a special order.
Thanks much for the link, it does give me a couple of local leads.
Actually, my original question was not answered completely. The legs go to discount markets. The breasts, maybe Swanson turkey pot pies or Jenny Craig TV dinners. Other ideas, anyone?
Ralph's carries the Louis Rich line of turkey parts in their meat section and pre-cooked breasts in their ready-to-eat hot food dept. At least they do in my 2 locals.
Of course, it wouldn't be unreasonable to just buy a whole turkey, section it yourself (what can it take, 5-10 minutes, max?), wrap it in foil and zip-locs, then freeze until you need whatever name-your-part. Would definitely be more cost-effective than buying simple parts. That's why I always take that "free-with-your-$100-dollar-purchase" turkey at Thanksgiving every year. For them parts. Gewd luck.
Check out Food 4 Less on Artesia between Normandie & Vermont- North side. They usually have turkey thighs which are great for the kind of shredded end product you described.
If you have a Jon's Market near you they carry legs, thighs, breasts, wings, and occasionally feet. I believe Vallarta also carries Turkey parts.
Steve2: the Ralphs near me is such a disaster I never go there, much less spend $100 on their overpriced stock; I would consider it as a last resort. I'd cut up a small fresh turkey but, as stated above, my small fridge is really, really tight on space.
ebethsdat: I love Jons but they bailed out of Hawthorne. Nearest one is 50 minutes by car or 90 minutes by MTA :-(.
torty: strangely, my local FFL doesn't have turkey parts (well, ground turkey) when I check them; I'll have to try yours when I'm in the area for Hawaiian food.
Thanks to all!
Update - the local Albertsons has a limited selection of (fresh or defrosted) pretty, boneless, skinless, expensive turkey breast cutlets. Legs and necks are available frozen. As expected, the butcher works the early shift and was nowhere to be seen.
BTW no Vallarta markets near me. Even Gigante (GIANT) just has the usual suspects.
Hopefully I'll get to Mirella's or Victors soon.
I buy a breast with the wing still attached at Whole Foods in W LA. They usually have it pre-cut in the meat dept. Also, the butcher will cut a small turkey in half...right down the middle and its great for smaller meals.
UPDATE - called Victors Market in Hawthorne, they are pretty much wholesale/case only sales. Stopped by Mirellas Market (very close), run by Mexican immigrants, they DON'T have any turkey whatsoever! What's a guy to put mole on?
Just happened to be near the dreaded Ralphs. Had a few Louis Rich turkey parts - legs, wings, necks, No thighs, breast, or half/quarter pieces. Expensive, too.
Whole Paycheck is starting to look better...
More later, more markets to search....