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Jan 13, 2008 11:00 AM

Veal Stock -- Best Source?

Does anyone have a favorite market or butcher or other SF source for good veal stock? I'm interested in real, slow-simmered veal stock preferably fresh but frozen is fine too. I've found a decent chicken and fish stock at Whole Foods, but I'd love a new source for those, too, since Whole Foods topic for another post. Thanks!

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  1. Not exactly current but maybe a good place to start.

    1. Whole Foods on 4th Street has veal stock. I've used it in sauces, and they were fine. Made in France / Village Imports in Brisbane sells a demi-glace paste that is good in a pinch. Also, in case you want to do what your heart is telling you, frozen veal bones can be had at Little City Meats in North Beach.

        1. Bryan's in Laurel Village has veal stock in their freezer section. Never tried it but made mental note just in case I needed some and didn't have time to make it from scratch.

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            1. re: boomer13

              Use Bryan's all the time, it's better than the veal stock I make unless I pay careful attention. It seems expensive, but by the time you cart home pounds and pounds of veal bones that are either of good enough providence to make you feel good (more expensive than buying veal stock), or of dubious enough providence to make you worry (slightly cheaper than store-bought stock), you realize the hours of effort involved doesn't pay off as much as it should. Chicken stock is an entirely different animal for me, but store-bought veal allows me to focus more attention on other ingredient prep without getting tired before cooking the main event.

              Also, while I haven't done a side by side comparison, I think the Bryan's stock is sufficiently concentrated to be quite competitive price-wise when flavor-adjusted with what you'd get in a can from supermarket brand X.

              1. re: SteveG

                Excuse me but do you mean provenance?
                Provenance is the origin or source from which something comes.
                P.S. Last correction for me was when I screwed up Bart stations.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Yep. Thanks. I read it, thought it looked wrong, but figured it was time to get back to work...

                  Speaking of provenance, Bryan's meats are generally grain fed, not grass fed, which will put some people off. I'll have to ask the good men at Falletti's if they have any grass fed beef stock, since they sell so much great grass fed beef.

                2. re: SteveG

                  Excellent input, SteveG, thank you.

              2. Golden Gate Meat Co. (the butcher in the Ferry Building) has wonderful veal stock. I highly recommend it.

                Golden Gate Meat
                Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                1. re: farmersdaughter

                  I second the GG Meat Co. It is extremely rich and a little chunky and very good.