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Buying a goose in the Twin Cities

miki Nov 1, 2009 07:12 AM

Hi, everyone! My son is coming home for Christmas, and we want to try to cook a goose. Can anybody advise the best place to buy goose, either frozen or fresh, in the Twin Cities area? Cost is an issue, but if it's a really good goose, I can save my pennies! I read a recipe in one of Lidia Bastianich's books to cook the goose for thirty minutes, and then to drain it of the melted grease before continuing the process. Does anybody have any other advice? Also, what DOES one do with goose grease? I'm trying to "recycle" in the kitchen, to conserve waste. Thanks!

  1. lstereo Dec 30, 2009 02:25 AM

    Where can one buy goose fat here in the Twin Cities?

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    1. re: lstereo
      The Dairy Queen Dec 30, 2009 03:43 AM

      Hopefully, people will chime in with some more recent sitings [EDIT: um, sightings], but here's an old thread or two to get you started on your quest for goose fat:



      1. re: lstereo
        BigSal Dec 30, 2009 05:06 AM

        Here are a few options for duck fat -Clancey's, Byerly's (ask the meat counter and they have a big tub of it and scoop it out) and Surdyk's (sold in approx 1 c amounts). I would call ahead to ensure that they have it in stock for you. I have not been able to find goose fat locally. For my roasted potatoes this Christmas, I purchased goose fat from http://www.roastgoose.com/ordering.html. What will you make with your goose fat? Good luck and please let us know if you are able to find a source for goose fat locally.

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        miki Nov 5, 2009 08:17 AM

        Wow, this is all great information. I'm getting very excited. I'll start checking out the places recommended next week and let everyone know what I've found. Thank you!

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          Quince Nov 1, 2009 06:45 PM

          Seward Co-op and some of the other co-ops usually get them in stock for the holidays from a local farmer's cooperative. We just discarded the goose fat...there was a lot of it!

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            mutti Nov 1, 2009 04:18 PM

            Wal-Mart is carrying geese now,it is pricey though ,don't know exactly how much but I do know it's over $3.00 a pound.

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            1. re: mutti
              tiliamay Nov 4, 2009 08:45 AM

              Goose generally goes for around $10.00 per lb. Less, if not free range.

              I raise geese (and adore them as animals- they really are wonderful creatures), but sell about 200 at the end of the season (now). When you raise them in small numbers, on specifically seeded pastures, hauling water to them every day, and then ship them to humane slaughterhouses (because there is really only one humane way to slaughter a goose), add up all the supplimental feed, gas for the tractor, runs to the feed store.... minimally pricing them at 10.00 per pound is breaking even. *Just a reminder as to the real costs of renewable livestock farming.

            2. Jordan Nov 1, 2009 03:45 PM

              I know you can order one from Byerly's. I have no idea about price.

              3777 Park Center Blvd A, St Louis Park, MN

              1. The Chowhound Team Nov 1, 2009 02:41 PM

                Miki has two good questions in this post: where to buy a goose in the Twin Cities area and what to do with all the goose fat that results. Please post on the Home Cooking board http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/31 about using goose fat. The season is fast approaching when lots of folks will be wondering the same thing. Just leave a heads up here, with the link to the new thread so we'll know where to go. We know it's a bit of a hassle, but it's always worth it! Thanks so much!

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                1. re: KTFoley
                  miki Nov 5, 2009 03:09 PM

                  Okay, here goes:


                2. Michael Florey Nov 1, 2009 01:04 PM

                  Pretty sure that Clancy's in linden Hills can set you up with a fine goose. Otherwise order one from D'Artagnan.com. They ship overnight and the quality is very high.

                  Seriously, there's only 1 proper thing to do with goose fat: use it to roast a big mess of potatoes. You can do this in the oven, or fry them on the stovetop. Extremely tasty.

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                  1. re: Michael Florey
                    soupkitten Nov 1, 2009 07:19 PM

                    ONE proper thing? oh come on. clearly, you have never had a goose-fat piecrust. :)

                    1. re: soupkitten
                      Michael Florey Nov 2, 2009 05:31 AM

                      never even heard of it. I can't bake all. Just a cook.

                      I made tamale with lard once. pretty dang good.

                      1. re: Michael Florey
                        soupkitten Nov 3, 2009 11:45 AM

                        oh you should definitely make friends with a baker and give her/him some goose fat for a crust in exchange for a slice of the results. *drool*

                        another thing (no baking skills required) is to make potted goose from the leftover roast meat and rendered fat. i make one w/o a recipe with some crushed juniper berries, it's fantastic-- & this way you can serve your xmas goose again at your new year's cocktail party. yeah, it's not exactly heart healthy food, but you can serve it with leetle teensy crackers, and it's once a year.

                        or fry up the aromatics for a wild rice stuffing in the goose fat, rather than bacon & drippings.

                        1. re: soupkitten
                          Michael Florey Nov 4, 2009 10:44 AM

                          I've had the potted stuff in France quite often. I think they call it "rillettes." It is indeed tasty.

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