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Aug 14, 2007 09:47 AM

searching for bones

I'm trying to find a source for bones either in boston or on the north shore. I'm specifically looking for veal bones and chicken backs for making stock. Plenty of beef marrow or "soup" bones around but I'd like to try the real thing if I can find it. Google-ing, I found one place in western MA but it's too far to drive. If anyone knows where to find lamb bones that would be good, too. Thanks.

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  1. Whole Foods sells chicken backs but it's best to call ahead to make sure they have them on hand.

    1. You might call John Dewar (Newton) to see if they have the bones you want in stock. I have gotten veal bones there but never try for lamb. For chicken bones or back you might try Mings or another Chinese grocery. Let us know what you find.

      1. I have bought the marrow bones from Savenor's. They keep them frozen--you won't see them out, just ask. I know they also used to carry chicken necks and backs. I don't know about veal bones.

        1. Have you tried McKinnon's? The original is in Everett, and there's one in Davis Square, too. I have no idea if they'd have any, but it's worth a try. I'd think most places would be more phone accessible - many butchers are old time school.

          Are there any butcher shops in the North End - or are they all gone now? If there's any left there, I'd give them a try - maybe.

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          1. re: threedogs

            Sulmona is still in the North End and is great; worth calling for the veal bones. Aren't there also a couple of butcher shops on Salem street as well? I know there used to be, but I can't recall if they're still there.

            One other suggestion that I just mentioned in the local meat thread which might also be relevant here is Blood Farm in Groton - they do have veal (and lamb, I think) and my price list from them has just about every cut I've ever heard of, and they butcher their meat on-site, so they could probably cut whatever you wanted. Low low prices as well, so you needn't spend a fortune making your demi-glace.

            1. re: MichaelB

              Yes, besides Sulmona there's Abbruzzese and (can't recall - it's two initials, Foo&Bar) on Salem Street.

              While the guys at Sulmona smoke both of those shops as far as artistry with the knife (and I'm very fond of both the other shops, but watching the Sulmona dudes just takes my breath away!), for bones you might do just as well at any of the three and get a better price from the Salem Street shops.

              As mentioned in other posts, you would do well to call ahead and ask if they've got what you want - nothing more frustrating than waiting in line for a long while and then being told they don't have the cut you're looking for. (Who knew that you can't get flank steak from an Italian butcher? But all three shops practically laughed in my face.)

              1. re: Allstonian

                Abbruzzese is currently closed for renovations.

          2. Butcher Boy in No. Andover has bags of beef shin bones, cut into 3inch segments, in the freezer section. cheap too.