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Where to buy Turkey Parts on the Peninsula?

goodeatsgal Nov 16, 2009 01:02 PM

I want to make some turkey broth (and maybe even go all the way and make the gravy) this week so I can have it all ready for Thanksgiving. Does anyone know where I can buy turkey parts on the Peninsula? Last year, I checked Whole Foods and Safeway and they didn't have many of the parts I like to use - necks and wings, in particular. I checked an Asian market last night (Marina Foods in San Mateo), but no luck there. Thanks for any suggestions!

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    peachblossom Nov 16, 2009 01:42 PM

    Lunardi's has frozen giblets and fresh wings and drumsticks.

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    1. re: peachblossom
      wolfe Nov 16, 2009 02:14 PM

      With a $20 purchase you can get 10+ pound frozen turkey at Safeway for about 7 bucks. Quick defrost in water you've got neck, giblets and a whole bird for gravy, soup etc.

      1. re: peachblossom
        Nina Nov 16, 2009 05:36 PM

        Lunardi's was selling fresh half-turkeys yesterday too.

      2. dhoffman1421 Nov 16, 2009 02:59 PM

        Maybe Dittmer's in Mt View?

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          takuhead Nov 16, 2009 03:02 PM

          Piazza's in Palo Alto sold parts - that's how I made my Bittman's recipe of "deconstructed turkey" - came out great!

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          rednails Nov 16, 2009 03:31 PM

          I would try either Draegars or Piazza in San Mateo. Both have full service meat/poultry counters.

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            SteveG Nov 16, 2009 04:21 PM

            Did you ask the butchers? No matter how often I have to relearn that lesson, I often forget that butchers have unusual stuff in back that isn't in the display case, which is reserved for higher margin better looking cuts.

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              jsaimd Nov 16, 2009 04:29 PM

              Andronicos has had necks and backs in past years. They had them by the demiglace instead of near the whole turkeys.

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                goodeatsgal Nov 17, 2009 03:51 PM

                Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I often don't think to ask the butcher. I called Whole Foods this afternoon and they have 10 pounds of frozen turkey necks in the freezer. They even put a note on the box so that the other butchers don't sell them all! I really appreciate their service. (It's not ideal that they're frozen, but after doing a Chowhound search, it sounds as if I can make the stock with frozen or partially thawed parts.)

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