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Does anyone know where I can buy veal, beef, chicken and fish bones by the pound in Fresno/Clovis?

I called the Meat market for veal bones, but they sell only by the 42 lb box. SaveMart has beef femurs, but I want some joints as well. I asked SM & Vons about fish bones, no joy.

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  1. Ken,

    Try San Joaquin Connection.

    4875 W. Jennifer Ave Fresno 93722 (their "store" is in the industrial buildings behind Costco off of Shaw.). Phone: 559-276-1985 e-mail: sjc2006@sbcglobal.net

    Their catalog lists beef, game meat, duck & smoked fish. The owners are very nice and if there is a way to get you what you need, they'll find it. I used them about a year or so ago to get boneless duck breasts.

    For fish bones you might try calling Central Fish Market. (Or perhaps Kim's restaurant and see if they have any suggestions.)

    1. KenWritez,

      Would you please share what you learn?


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      1. re: alanstotle

        Gladly! The trick is not getting me to share--it's getting me to *stop* sharing. LOL....

        I found some stock/demi-glace recipes on www.rouxbe.com that sound and look good and I want to try making them.

        Tav, thanks for the info! I'll contact them tomorrow.

      2. I would also be glad to hear any info you might have. Hubby and I have bought veal, beef, and chicken bones by the pound at Whole Foods. Sometimes they are frozen, however that really doesn't seem to be a big problem if you are making stock. They almost always have beef bones, and they used to have chicken bones often, but now I think you would be better off calling them in advance and letting them know you would like some.

        We also have bought chicken bones from the Meat Market, but it was a special request and they don't always have them laying around.

        It is weird that there is so much meat around here and no bones! What are they doing with them?

        1. I've gotten beef bones at Chris' Mkt (April Meats) and had them cut 1.5 - 2 inch lengths and requested they leave out the joints since I was after the marrow. I'd think they might have the others you're looking for as well. Another likely spot would be Renna's at the NW corner of Ashlan and First.

          1. Okay, I'm going to check out San Joaquin Connection and Whole Foods for bones.

            Here's another question: Does anyone have info on Fresno/Clovis restaurant-provided cooking classes?

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            1. re: KenWritez

              The Fresno Magazine lists several different cooking classes that are available (none of them very cheap). The link to the magazine is posted below, but I don't think you can access the article from the website. If you pick up the magazine, though, it does have the classes listed with the contact number. I think the last one was at Chef's Table.


              1. re: KenWritez

                With Sur la Table coming, they may bring cooking classes with them. I went to one in Salt Lake City, but was disappointed that it was all demonsrtation and no hands on. They give demos at Whole Foods, don't they?

                I went to an excellent class in Monterey a few years ago, Chef Mary taught it, and I know it was on Cannery Row, and that her restaurant has been discussed here before, but I can't remember the name of it. Her class was excellent.

              2. Not sure what part of town you're in, but I know if I ask Catalano's this question, they'd get them for me. I think their service is prime...pun intended.

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                1. re: Gail

                  Catalano's is across town from me, but I'm willing travel for good food/service. What's their beef like? Seafood? I was talking with a restaurateur the other day and he said there was a grade of beef lower than "Select" - it's called "Rancher's Reserve." (What supermarket in CA carries that grade of beef? Rhymes with 'Don's.')

                  1. re: KenWritez

                    It's locally owned, which I consider a plus. Their meat is, for the most part, choice Harris Ranch. I buy most of my meat at Costco, also choice. I do like Catalano's 7% ground beef, low fat and still has flavor. Mostly, I do my weekly shopping there.

                    You might call them about the bones before you trek over there.

                    Never heard of Rancher's Reserve, but bet I ate it during college many moons ago.

                    1. re: KenWritez

                      Like Gail, I hadn't heard of Rancher's Reserve either. Any idea where the "Master's Cut" that Save Mart carries falls on the quality scale?

                      1. re: PolarBear

                        PB, I was told it was select. I was shopping around for prime for a special occasion dinner, so I called a few of the markets. Who I actually talked to was someone in the meat dept., just took his word for it.

                        1. re: Gail

                          I had the same experience as Gail. I asked one of the meat guys at the Fowler and Herndon SaveMart, and he said their beef is Select. They have a small refrigerated case where they carry a few "Choice" labeled cuts.

                          I think if you stopped ten people at random in the SM parking lot and asked, most wouldn't know the difference between Select, Choice or Prime. :(>