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Does anyone know of a local (greater Boston) source for head cheese? I want to give it to my mom for her birthday (seriously). The BJs in Woburn used to have it, but no longer.

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  1. If you can head over to route 1 Karls Sausage Kitchen.... in the south end Lionette's and Formaggio. Not certain right around Woburn (a deli just opened up on 28, but its more or less a boars-head kind of place). Perhaps up towards Lawrence?

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    1. re: itaunas

      second Karl's. i think they have at least two kinds, one with big chunks (~1") and another with smaller (1/4"-1/2") chunks.

    2. I saw some last week at the Russian market on Beacon Street in Coolidge Corner

          1. re: galleygirl

            I'm reading Sinclair's "The Jungle" right now.... it has totally put me off processed meats, and I am a meat-loving (former) carnivore.

            1. re: tdaaa

              I had to "The Jungle" in eighth grade and did a project on it. i went vegetarian for a few years after reading it.

              1. re: tdaaa

                "The Omnivores Dilemma" is a good segue from "The Jungle" into the 21st century realities of large scale commodity beef production....and 100 years later, it's still a pretty disgusting process....nontheless, I'd go to Carls for good Head Cheese.

                1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                  I have also had recs for Kingsolvers “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.” The recent immigration raids on chicken processing plants have made me think that "The Jungle" remains topical regarding at least the treatment of workers, even if sanitary conditions have improved (if they have).

                  I was considering a meat CSA even before starting the book, but it is certainly pushing me further towards it. No chance of becoming a vegetarian, though.

          2. I don't recall the brand, but I'm smitten with the head cheese they have at Russo's (Watertown).

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            1. re: Food4Thought

              Thanks all, I'll try Russo's first, then Karl's.

              1. re: cgj

                J Pace's in the North End has one brand, can't vouch for the quality as I've never tried it.

            2. Myu mother used to serve it on holidays and called it "veal loaf."

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              1. re: C. Hamster

                Show your momma some love and don't get her head cheese for her birthday -- PLEASE!!

              2. All Russian stores carry it - it is very good and not expensive. Try Bazaar on Beacon in Brookline or Berezka on Harvard (Allston)

                1. Well, if you truly want to show some love for Mom, why not head up to Blood Farm (call first) and ask them to sell you a head? It does take some time and a bit of effort to get the meat from all the facial muscles and then reduce the broth until thick enough to bind the "cheese", but well worth it because your final product will be far superior to anything that can be bought over the counter.

                   
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                  1. re: rubysdad

                    I do not have the time, space, or inclination to try such a thing--I myself don't like head cheese, or in fact, most processed, pressed, etc. deli meats. But my (Polish) mom does. Hence the question. (And greensate--it's OK, it's not like it will be her only gift--but it will be the one she enjoys most.)