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Dec 11, 2008 02:32 PM

Fresh goose for Christmas?

Does anyone know of a market where one can buy fresh goose?

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  1. are you prepared for the enormous amount of drippings? seriously, if you think duck is a fatty bird, get set...

    I prefer a well-barded pheasant these days, but if the Eastern Market is convenient, I've acquired both there (call ahead in holiday season).

    Inman's is the better bet, but the Paik's (Jung's really) might have it as well.

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    1. re: hill food

      Thank you so much for your reply. I have heard that goose is fatty. I just thought I'd try it for Christmas this one time. Thanks again.

      1. re: joy314

        it has a good flavor (I prefer it over turkey), but it does put out a lot of material for basting. or schmaltz for the year.

        if you want a moist bird - that's your avian.

        1. re: joy314

          Go for it. And check out the recent duck fat posts in Home Cooking to get an idea of what you can do with all of those drippings. If I could get the family to eat it I'd make that instead of a standing rib roast for Christmas. When I was in Hungary I ordered it whenever it was on the menu, which was quite often. It was always a treat. As a matter of fact, if you need someone to take all of that schmaltz off of your hands, I'll be by the next day.

          If you're up for a day trip to get fresh quality pasture raised geese, go to Touchstone Farms in Rappahannock County. Oops. i just noticed that if you want a Christmas goose from them you have to make your own "slaughter arrangements." May be more than you're up for first time around ....

          1. re: Ellen

            I think I'll skip the slaughtering part this year. :-) But thanks for the info on Touchstone Farm.

      2. Definitely have a contingency plan for handling the grease that will be melted off the goose. A 50 gal barrel may be sufficient. (cooked two a few years back...dinner was very late tnat night).

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