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cgj Nov 6, 2008 09:00 AM

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.

  1. rubysdad Nov 7, 2008 05:18 PM

    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
      cgj Nov 10, 2008 07:28 AM

      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.)

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      galka Nov 7, 2008 02:11 PM

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

      1. C. Hamster Nov 7, 2008 10:22 AM

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

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        1. re: C. Hamster
          greenstate Nov 7, 2008 12:11 PM

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

        2. Food4Thought Nov 6, 2008 02:53 PM

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

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            cgj Nov 6, 2008 04:26 PM

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

            1. re: cgj
              phatchris Nov 7, 2008 06:36 AM

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

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            foodlover678 Nov 6, 2008 10:33 AM

            ive never even heard of that! :/

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              galleygirl Nov 6, 2008 06:47 PM

              Google is your friend...

              1. re: galleygirl
                tdaaa Nov 7, 2008 07:20 AM

                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.

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                  pickledtink Nov 7, 2008 06:32 PM

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

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                    cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Nov 10, 2008 05:20 AM

                    "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
                      tdaaa Nov 10, 2008 08:20 AM

                      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. C. Hamster Nov 6, 2008 09:54 AM

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

                1. itaunas Nov 6, 2008 09:04 AM

                  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
                    ScubaSteve Nov 6, 2008 09:52 AM

                    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.

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