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Must Have Capon [Raleigh/Durham]

Willowdillo Oct 2, 2007 12:19 PM

Does anyone know where I can purchase either fresh or frozen capons in or around the Raleigh/Durham or even online? I was so disappointed to not be able to serve one last Christmas Eve and don't want a repeat of that mad scramble to redo entire menu at the last minute.

  1. tacostacoseverywhere Oct 3, 2007 07:42 AM

    i've seen them at whole foods (chapel hill) before, although not all the time. i imagine they'll be bringing them in for the holidays.

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    1. re: tacostacoseverywhere
      aeron75 Oct 3, 2007 07:56 AM

      Yes, capons are usually available to order at any Whole Foods about one month in advance of the holiday. Call or check at the meat counter.

      1. re: tacostacoseverywhere
        Willowdillo Oct 23, 2007 09:32 AM

        Thank you all very much. I hadn't had a chance to check back for a couple of weeks and was crossing my fingers when I logged in today. I am really grateful to you all for your replies. Whole Foods it is! And yes, a capon is tastier than your 'run-of-the-mill' hen. They are also a bit pricier. But I think that a special occasion, like Christmas Eve dinner, deserves a special bird. Thanks again!

      2. SenorSuarez Oct 3, 2007 08:39 AM

        I knew a capon was a type of chicken, but I didn't know the gruesome details...

        "A capon is a rooster (a male chicken) whose reproductive functions were removed at a young age. Typically the castration is performed when the chicken is between 6 and 20 weeks old."


        Are they really that much tastier than your regular run-of-the-mill hen?

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        1. re: SenorSuarez
          meatn3 Oct 3, 2007 04:34 PM

          They get bigger than a hen - so its a weightier bird.

          1. re: meatn3
            meatn3 Oct 4, 2007 12:16 AM

            Got distracted...meant to explain that this gives a higher ratio of meat to bone. Also texture is finer, very full of flavor & juicy.

        2. concordcourtney Oct 3, 2007 10:41 AM

          For those of us without a Whole Foods nearby :( there's always D'artagnan.


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          1. re: concordcourtney
            scarrie Oct 5, 2007 07:12 AM

            We got a frozen Capon at Harris Teeter once.

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            alysonlaurel Oct 5, 2007 07:25 PM

            I worked at Whole Foods in Chapel Hill for the last six years until just a few weeks ago, when I moved to Brooklyn. I know that we always started taking meat orders for Thanksgiving sometime around Halloween, and we took Christmas meat orders starting the week of Thanksgiving. We always offered capons, among many other things. You can order almost anything from Whole Foods at any time of the year, incidentally. People order dozens and dozens of oysters, whole crabs by the bushels, huge cuts of all kinds of meat, wheels of cheese, kegs of obscure beers - everything. I would call the store in Raleigh or Durham and ask when they're taking their orders for Christmas, and then call close to that day. They are REALLY reliable, I've found. But it's always a good idea for peace of mind, and for the avoidance of stress of potential replanning, to call early. Whole Foods caters to people who want specific things for specific meals, and are really good at that type of accomodation.

            1. TSQ75 Oct 23, 2007 11:19 AM

              try your local latino grocery with a butcher or extensive meat selection. Such as La Superior, compare, and galaxy, in Durham.

              different types of meat, cuts of meat, cheap lamb, fat hens, ducks, and even capons, i believe...i know i've seen them. they do take orders close to the holidays for things like capons, and suckling pigs and such.

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                divamon Oct 26, 2007 08:28 AM

                I have found capons at Publix and, suprisingly enough, at Walmart,

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                1. re: divamon
                  TSQ75 Oct 26, 2007 09:43 AM

                  where is there a publix in raleigh/durham?

                  1. re: TSQ75
                    SenorSuarez Oct 26, 2007 09:50 AM

                    I miss Publix. :(

                    1. re: TSQ75
                      lem9579 Oct 26, 2007 12:11 PM

                      There isn't any.

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                    toolprincess Nov 19, 2007 10:45 AM

                    I was at Harris Teeter (apex) yesterday and they had frozen Capons, Goose, Duck, etc.

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                    1. re: toolprincess
                      scarrie Nov 20, 2007 10:53 AM

                      I just got an email from Weaver Street Market, they also have Capon:

                      Bell & Evans
                      $4.99 lb
                      All Natural

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