Where to find a goose in the bay area?
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.
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
845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
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.