Veal bones for stock
Does anyone where I can buy veal bones for stock? Can you recommend a good butcher shop? I just moved to the Cape this year and all the markets here look at me like I have three heads when I ask this question. Ideally I would love to find a good butcher near the Cape, but would travel as far as Boston or Providence. Thanks all!
The quality butcher shops and grocers -- Dewar's, Savenor's, Russo's, The Butcher Shop, et. al. -- are the obvious places, but I've gotten veal bones super-cheap from the meat department of local chain supermarkets, including Shaw's and Stop and Shop, with just a couple of days' notice. McKinnon's in Everett and the Hilltop retail outlets in Saugus and Braintree are other meat markets I imagine could help.
I'm sure I don't need to tell you to roast 'em!
I looked around a little while ago for this, Savenors charges a fairly hefty 2.29/lb... but they were the only place i found that didn't need to order them. I just called up:
DiPaolo & Rossi Meat Market: Nope
Sulmona Meat Market: Nope
Lionettes: Nope (only gets veal meat a few times per year)
Whole Foods on River St.: Nope
McKinnons in Davis: Nope
McKinnons in Everette: Looked like the best bet. Although they don't They'll order them. They quoted 1.49/lb but told me to call back with the best price I found he he'd see what he could do.
I didn't try any of the big chain grocery stores except whole foods on river st... so I'm not sure about those.
It won't help most people here, but if you join a meat coop, you may be able to get veal bones that way. The one I belong to (Houde Family Farm) offers them when they're available for $1/lb. By the same token, once farmer's market season starts up, you might want to try contacting a vendor that will be at a local market (for example, Stillman or Chestnut Farms) to see if you can order in advance and pick up at the market. I'm not sure small meat farmers realize how much interest there is in bones, so I bet they don't generally bring them to farmer's markets.
Market Basket seems pretty consumer driven, so I wonder if that's something they'd stock if asked. J Pace and Sons in Saugus says they have them but at $3.99 a lb, ouch.