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uberathlete Jul 18, 2008 04:26 PM

Hey folks. Does anyone know where I could buy a pig's head or parts of the pig head (ie. cheeks, ears, tongue, brains, snout, etc) in Toronto or Mississauga? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    Negaduck RE: uberathlete Jul 18, 2008 06:50 PM

    Via Allegro.

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      phisherking RE: uberathlete Jul 18, 2008 07:27 PM

      If you are asking to buy a raw pigs' head then make friends with a good butcher. If they get the whole animal in then chances they will sell one for very cheap. It won't be free as they have to pay for the whole animal but will not cost much. Try Healthy Butcher as they buy the whole animals, and probably don't have much demand for the head.

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        villars RE: uberathlete Jul 19, 2008 06:16 AM

        Fiesta Farms. I love this place. They always have pig head in the meat display. You can also just buy snouts. I've also seen a mixed pack of tails and snouts (not sure what you'd use it for though?)

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          uberathlete RE: villars Jul 19, 2008 06:50 AM

          aahh, well ... what I will be making can best be described as "sizzling pig parts" . :D

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            porker RE: uberathlete Jul 19, 2008 10:16 AM

            I'm always looking for fun stuff to do with pig parts - made head cheese with a head, pickled pigs feet and tongue, braised cheek, snouts in soup, tails in pot au feu, skin in sausage, and trotters in terrine.
            Do you mind elaborating on 'sizzlin pig parts'?

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              uberathlete RE: porker Jul 19, 2008 06:30 PM

              Well I'm from the Philippines and we do this pork dish called Sisig and it's served in a sizzling plate. Basically, it is boiled then grilled pig cheeks, ears, snout, and other parts of the pig head. They are then chopped up and combined with salt, pepper, garlic, onions, chilli peppers, lime juice or vinegar, and sometimes mashed chicken liver. Then this mixture is put on a sizzling plate, and topped with an egg. Definitely not for the health conscious but oh so good especially with a cold beer! :D

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                villars RE: uberathlete Jul 20, 2008 08:43 AM

                hey. I grew up in the Philippines too. I understand the pig head, it's the mixed packs of snouts and tails that got me wondering. when would you just want snouts and tails?

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                  uberathlete RE: villars Jul 20, 2008 09:23 AM

                  Ah kabayan. I don't really need the pig tails, just the snout and other parts of the pig head. Although I could use the pig tails for other dishes.

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          warlock RE: uberathlete Jul 19, 2008 09:40 AM

          Chinese grocery store's always has the tongue,ears and cheeks (all sold seperately)....T&T in Mississauga will definitey have them.....

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            escoffier RE: uberathlete Jul 19, 2008 11:47 AM

            Gasparro's on Bloor near Ossington might be able to get you the sizzling pig parts components. Max the Butcher in Kensington Market could be a likely source also. Or one of the Nosso places along Bloor past Dovercourt...

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              grandgourmand RE: escoffier Jul 19, 2008 12:32 PM

              If the SLM is convenient for you, the pork-focused butcher in the North Market (South Entrance) has whole pigs. And I believe I've seen head there.

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                garlicandwingnut RE: grandgourmand Jul 19, 2008 08:38 PM

                SLM North adjacent to El Gaucho always seems to have pig's head. They had about 6 or 7 today @ $8 each. Remember it is Saturday only.

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                  porker RE: garlicandwingnut Jul 20, 2008 10:11 AM

                  Speaking from near Montreal, it is somewhat difficult to get whole heads, but if its the ears, cheeks, and snouts you really need, I'm assuming you should find these easier.
                  There's an Italian supermarket near me that oftentimes has what I call pig faces. Its the ear, joined to the face and cheek with the snout intact - no bones or skull...maybe you can fiind something similar.

                  The plate sounds awesome!

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