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Where to find a goose in the bay area?

foodfanUSA Sep 5, 2009 09:31 AM

Looking to prepare a eastern european meal and the centerpiece will be a roast goose. Any suggestions or hints would be welcome. I know its traditionally only sold around holiday times but I have seen the odd one here or there this summer.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: foodfanUSA Sep 5, 2009 10:43 AM

    You can order goose from pretty much any full-service butcher. Polarica sells wild goose.


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      OldTimer RE: foodfanUSA Sep 5, 2009 11:55 AM

      You might check Sonoma Poultry...they have some pretty big ducks.

      1. Melanie Wong RE: foodfanUSA Sep 5, 2009 04:33 PM

        Cheung Hing on Clement St had fresh geese in the case when I was there in May. Many Chinese butchers in SF and Oakland have fresh geese available.

        Cheung Hing
        323 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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          SteveG RE: Melanie Wong Sep 8, 2009 12:40 PM

          Cheung Hing still had geese recently, maybe in July when I stopped in to check them out. I think it's a year around thing for them.

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            Melanie Wong RE: SteveG Oct 21, 2009 01:44 PM

            I called Cheung Hing today to see about picking a goose and was told "no goose, no more".

        2. rworange RE: foodfanUSA Sep 7, 2009 11:29 PM

          Raley's / Nob Hill has been carrying frozen goose.

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            Melanie Wong RE: rworange Nov 22, 2009 05:50 PM

            In case anyone is looking for a goose for the holidays, this was a great tip. It saved me last month when I'd planned a wine dinner for 14 people around Julia Child's braised goose stuffed with sausage and chestnuts, then I couldn't find a goose!

            I would have preferred fresh, but the frozen goose that I bought from Nob Hill in Alameda was pristine, and it had all it's giblets. Price was higher than I expected costing me nearly $70 for a 9+ lb. bird.

            I talked to the meat guy in the store and he said that he gets a shipment of frozen geese once a year and once they're gone, that's it. At that time, there were about 6 in the case with weights between 9 and 10 lbs. I was in the Petaluma Raley's recently and noticed that it had several frozen geese, bigger ones around 12 lbs.

            Lucky for me I didn't buy a bigger one. Once I defrosted it, I tried to fit it in my covered roasting pan. If I cross the legs and cinched them up tightly with a firm trussing, I could close the lid. Whew!

            The recipe came out fantastic and that size bird was just right with many other dishes for that size of dinner party. I made some very rich stock with the carcass. The little bits of meat went into a bowl of goose rillettes and I had some very good gravy leftover. The 9+ lb bird rendered nearly a quart of goose fast.

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              rworange RE: Melanie Wong Nov 22, 2009 06:14 PM

              Glad that worked out. I was glancing at the Raley's frozen geese last week. The San Pablo store had quite a few in the freezer. The goose I looked at was $57 though I'm not sure the weight because it made me go 'wow'.

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                Melanie Wong RE: rworange Nov 22, 2009 06:23 PM

                Oh yeah, the checker did a major double take ringing up my purchase! The price as about $2 per pound more than I'm used to paying. I wonder if the Chinese butchers will have geese again after the holidays, maybe they only can get them in off season.

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            skwid RE: foodfanUSA Sep 8, 2009 07:53 AM

            I suspect that you will be able to get Goose in Chinatown in either Oakland or San Francisco. I do know that Polarica will definitely have Goose.

            105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

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              Melanie Wong RE: skwid Nov 4, 2009 11:27 AM

              Polarica did not have any geese available when I called two weeks ago, but expected to have them for the holidays.

              105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

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                celeryroot RE: Melanie Wong Nov 4, 2009 02:45 PM

                about 2 years ago I got at Polarica and it was frozen and rather "ribby". There used to be a farm outside of Sebastopol that had them fresh every year , I cant remember the name as it has been at least 5 years,

                105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

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              Sharuf RE: foodfanUSA Oct 22, 2009 01:25 AM

              You'll find lots of geese hanging out at the Marin County Civic Center lagoon. :-)

              1. Kosmonaut RE: foodfanUSA Nov 4, 2009 11:08 AM

                Safeway has frozen goose in the freezer cases around the holidays only.
                I sometimes see them at Golden Gate Meats in the Ferry Building, and the Bristol Farms at the Westfield Center.

                Guerra's says they have them on their site: http://guerrameats.com/products2.aspx...
                Drewes Bros. also has them but you have to call 1 day in advance.

                Golden Gate Meat
                Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

                Bristol Farms
                845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

                Ferry Building
                One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

                1. Robert Lauriston RE: foodfanUSA Nov 23, 2009 07:57 AM

                  I noticed frozen geese at Berkeley Bowl yesterday.

                  Berkeley Bowl
                  2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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