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Dec 6, 2009 07:54 AM

lamb shank search

i'd like to do one for a holiday party. where have you guys have found best price-to-quality in boston? please don't say savenor's, and i don't have the inclination to travel to the burbs.

has anybody gotten it from any of the butchers on blackstone street? (haymarket.)

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  1. If you're willing to travel to the Cambridge/Watertown line, call & ask this guy what he charges:

    1. Puritan beef yesterday had a huge variety of different cuts of goat (including 4 goat heads -- now I have "Angie" running around in my head) and I did see a pair of lamb shanks, but there wasn't much lamb on display. I didn't catch the price but it didn't seem so expensive and usually have more stuff in the walk-in (often in better shape than the display), but McKinnon's in Davis beats them on price for a lot of things like this (sale on leg of lamb there now, not certain about shanks). Demoula's is also a good source for shanks, but less convenient and McKinnon's has better prices (Puritan probably too).

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      1. re: itaunas

        I got lamb shanks at McKinnon's a month or two ago, lots of other great cuts there as well.

        1. re: steinpilz

          i figured mckinnon's too, but blackstone st. is so convenient for me. how was the pricing at mckinnon's? have never actually been and only recently got a car, lol, so my travel and carry options have widened a bit.

          (last year i hauled a frozen 20 pound goose from live poultry, plus haymarket produce, on the green then blue lines and i thought i was gonna die.)

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            We purchased some really nice lamb shanks at the Somerville Market Basket this week. I think this is the first time I have seen them in the case.

            1. re: smtucker

              price please? am trying to cost this out before i commit.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I am not a lamb shank person, but my husband loves them and I always find them at Market Basket. They also now have the lamb riblets which he says are very good. I can't remember how much the shanks are per pound, but usually spent $4-5 for one if I'm not mistaken.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I regularly buy lamb shanks at the Danvers Market Basket, for I think $4.99 a pound or perhaps $3.99.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    It was cheap for lamb shank.... Looking at my receipt, the cost per package was between $4.50-4.96 per shank, and each shank was over 1.5 lbs. Four lamb shanks, served with sides, was 7 servings. Could have been 8 if one of my guests hadn't been so enthusiastic.

                2. re: hotoynoodle

                  Pricing at McKinnon's is remarkable IMO, if you haven't been there definitely stop by.

                  I'd guess that I got two shanks for less than $5 total.

            2. I've always enjoyed dealing with a halal butcher out in Norwood - Zam Zam meats on Route 1.. the guy will cut you whatever you need (I got lamb breasts there a few weeks back)..

              1. I haven't bought it on Blackstone but Sulmona on Parmenter a few blocks away generally has them. I don't recall the price but I know it was reasonable.

                You could call for price and to make sure they have them and will hang on to them for you..742 2791

                1. Call Lionettes. I have bought them there several times, cant recall price but I know every time I have thought, gee these are really a great deal. And the flavor was amazing.

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                  1. re: cassoulady

                    i was in the north end today, buying sausage from the guys across from neptune - dipaolo & rossi. i love those guys. instead of shanks, he talked me into a leg, since it will be for a big group. thanks for your help anyway.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      They're my #2 in the NE behind Sulmona's; not for any good reason..just habit and I've come to know the guys at Sulmona..but both butchers are excellent.

                      A leg is much more conducive for a large group than shanks...1/pp

                      Another cut you might want to try some other time is a lamb top (round). They weigh 2-3lbs and are very flavorful. Most NE butchers don't carry them. Golden Goose and Sav's has them for
                      about $10/lb. Great for roasting or cutting into kebabs..

                      I'm sure you'll enjoy the leg. It's great for a crowd!

                      1. re: 9lives

                        lamb is my favorite meat and i always forget how cheap it is. i rarely go to sulmona's, lol. habit on my end i guess too. but i love the old-school feel of the place and i've been going for years, so am glad i was wandering around down there today. and their sausages rock -- cooking them right now!

                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                          I was in Sulmona once and saw some unusual sausages hanging in the icebox.

                          I asked what it was and they said venison sausage.

                          I asked to buy some. They said it was for a friend of there's who had shot a deer and not for sale. I was visibly saddened...

                          So they gave me 3 pounds, no charge. :-)

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            Glad you enjoyed what may have been my venison..:)

                            Spring is great for game birds and there's always extra....


                            1. re: 9lives

                              Who knew you go after terrestrial prey as well ;-)