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Aug 25, 2007 02:29 PM

Finding Caul Fat In Los Angeles

Saturday seems like the first hint of Fall. I was thinking of soon making boudin blanc with aligot. However, I need some caul fat to encase the boudin.

Any ideas?


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  1. Sounds great. I've ordered hard-to-find items like that from Gelsinger’s Meats in Montrose, 818-248-7811. I was disappointed Surfa's in Culver City doesn't have it but, speaking of fat, one thing they do carry which is hard to find is leaf lard from which to render the best lard to cook with.

    1. I've never been able to buy it locally. I've always had to borrow it from a chef friend...

      1. A quick search revealed a thread (ironically started by Paliman yet again ;-) that indicated caul fat is available at 99 Ranch.

        No guarantee, but a solid lead nonetheless...

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        1. re: Joe Blowe

          I did? I could not find it. Now I play the fool. Memory fades...

          1. re: Paliman

            Yup, the thread linked below by Professor Salt was started by you...

            1. re: Joe Blowe

              Of course, but I did not remember one about caul fat that I had started

        2. There was a similar thread last year about leaf lard, which is equally hard to come by.

          Someone at that time prodded the buyer at Surfas into carrying the leaf lard. I imagine they can be charmed into getting some caul fat in stock too.

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          1. re: Professor Salt

            I'm the one who got the Surfas buyer to go after leaf lard. Thanks to a Prof. Salt tip, I found it (frozen) at Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad, which also had frozen caul fat on my last visit. Be sure to call before going all the way down there, because they didn't have much of either. During that quest, I also found caul fat at Alexander's Prime Meats in San Gabriel.

          2. I've used the 99 Ranch caul fat for my roulades. They have it in the freezer section where the frozen fish are (not the freezer section where the ice cream are).

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            1. re: SauceSupreme


              You don't know how thrilled I am that you found Caul Fat in 99 Ranch. Can you tell me what the label says - I have gone from Bristol Farm, Pavillion, El Toro Meat market, Santa Ana mexican butcher. So it would be priceless if I can find it at 99 Ranch. My mother who speaks Chinese ask the butcher at 99 Ranch and he was clueless. But very rarely are they helpfull at 99 Ranch even for us Asian ;-) that speaks the language, that is why sometime I try to help out those that seems lost in 99.

              1. re: bobmakan

                It's actually misspelled at the 99 Ranch in Van Nuys -- they call it Cault Fat. It's in the frozen section not where the ice creams are but where the frozen fish and other frozen proteins are. In fact, I remember it sitting next to the frozen black chickens (silkies).

              2. re: SauceSupreme

                I've also found caul fat at the 99 Ranch in San Gabriel (the big one in the Focus Plaza between New and Del Mar). As Sauce Supreme says about the 99 Ranch in the Van Nuys, the butchers won't know about it -- you have to look in the freezer case next to the produce section, near where the frozen exocitc meats are.