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.
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.
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