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where to buy mountain oysters in dc?

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amdoyne Feb 18, 2008 07:46 AM

Anyone know where to buy these? I called union meats in eastern market and they said they had them on the phone but when i went in they told me they didn't.

  1. ktmoomau Feb 18, 2008 07:49 AM

    That's where I was going to first suggest, would they special order them for you? You might also call the organic butcher in McLean, of course it might have to be a special request from them.

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      amdoyne Feb 18, 2008 09:20 AM

      they said they had them on the phone but in person they were kind of dicks. which is odd, because theyv'e been nothing but helpful in the past.

      1. re: amdoyne
        ktmoomau Feb 18, 2008 09:51 AM

        Also in NOVA the lebanese butcher tends to have some of the nasty bits, so they might although I think they are more heavy on lamb some days I would give them a call too. Although I doubt they call them what you call them.

        1. re: amdoyne
          hill food Feb 18, 2008 01:26 PM

          was it the older guy? I asked him about suet once and he looked at me like I was crazy.

          since, it's been sort of a parlor game around the house thinking up new "Stump the Butcher/Fishmonger" questions.

          maybe you have to put down a specific order for the (erm...) oysters before they'll bother. could also be something they have frozen and the clerk was just not aware.

          If you want to get really hard-core about it, find a cattle operation and find when they castrate the young bulls. I had a roommate in college from such a place and watched him clean and cook them and joined in (much to the horror of the other roommates). must have been late August early September so any around now prob. would be frozen.

          1. re: amdoyne
            HSBSteveM Feb 19, 2008 07:48 AM

            Funny! Dicks selling balls! Anyway, I might suggest we start a thread about surly butchers. I have known many. Springfield Butcher was one such place long ago, but they are just fine now. But my friends and I had a nickname for them years ago - "Beef & Grief"

            1. re: amdoyne
              crowsonguy Feb 23, 2008 12:32 PM

              "in person they were kind of dicks" Ha! I get it!

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            dckw Feb 18, 2008 08:00 AM

            You might call El Chaparral meat market in Arlington. The butcher usually has a wide variety. If they do, it's cash only!

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              Soup Feb 19, 2008 05:27 AM

              I've driven by many times. How is the quality of meat and prices at El Chaparral? Is english spoken?

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                dckw Feb 19, 2008 06:10 AM

                I've only purchased chorizo from the meat department at El Chapparal, although the other items in the small meat case look fresh. The chorizo is excellent, though! Plus, they have a selection of South American beers that you can't find elsewhere.

                If you like Latin American cuisine, you won't be disappointed! Lots of great items for cooking experiments at home! English is spoken.

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                  Dennis S Feb 19, 2008 07:12 AM

                  I used to buy from there often when I lived in Arlington. I think I only ever bought chorizo as well - I liked the selection they at least used to carry.

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              amaebi Feb 18, 2008 02:42 PM

              I had a faint idea about what mountain oysters were and hill food's post below confirms that I was correct. But now the question is what do you do with them? do they taste good?

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                hill food Feb 18, 2008 10:20 PM

                PETA will have my keester for this, but it's not done for sport and it's the opposite of waste...

                after removing the testes from the sac (which was probably the grossest part) and then I believe a membrane and separated (it's been awhile) they are sliced into medallions about 1/4 thick, coated in a bound breading and deep fried. crunchy on the outside, smooth in the middle with a surprisingly mild flavor. after my initial hesitation, I didn't look back.

                that was the midwestern method anyway.

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                  amdoyne Feb 19, 2008 07:06 AM

                  we're having a white trash party. this is my contribution.

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                    hill food Feb 19, 2008 07:16 AM

                    I doubt if true trash would go to the effort...

                    I've heard of them boiled or stewed, but that just sounds nasty.

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                      repete Feb 19, 2008 07:58 AM

                      Trash? This was always a treat for hard working ranchers in my experience.

                      If the trash wanted to eat parts they'd be getting them via Slim Jims washed down with Mountain Dew ...

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                        cleveland park Feb 19, 2008 08:17 AM

                        They are very popular in Spain, also called criadillas

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                          amdoyne Feb 19, 2008 08:26 AM

                          you're from further out than where my buddy is from.

                          in kansas they use to have big "Fries" they'd call them where you'd pay 5$ and have all the fried testes you could eat. it was pretty trashy.

                          1. re: amdoyne
                            hill food Feb 24, 2008 01:52 AM

                            AMD: it in fact was in KS that I first had them by my roommate from down near Danville.

                            fried - yes, boiled - um, pass.

                      2. re: amdoyne
                        ktmoomau Feb 19, 2008 08:26 AM

                        Well no matter, what fun to bring these and surprise guests with such a lovely treat. My Aunt was once given a chip and dip platter with the dip bowl hanging from a stick, judging from this thread you can imagine what it was (there was a lining you put in and took out to wash). She was trilled and has passed it on for other parties. I think she was supposed to be appaulled, but she wasn't.

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                          hill food Feb 19, 2008 09:01 AM

                          I bet they would be good in a mild aioli.

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                            HSBSteveM Feb 19, 2008 12:43 PM

                            Tell you what. Scream the word "aoli" at the top of your lungs and you can imagine what it would sound like if someone snipped off your nads.

                            But that does sound tasty.

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                              hill food Feb 19, 2008 01:07 PM

                              the way I understand it it's more of a "snap" than a "snip" - think a garrote or an exceptionally extreme version of Animal Control's safety stick.

                              ok next topic!

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