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Feb 8, 2010 08:38 PM

Making Sausage. Need Source for Organic Pork Fat Back in LA

I'm learning how to make my own sausages but I haven't been able find a good source for good quality organic/cruelty-free pork fat back in Los Angeles. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    1. you might try calling the new McCall's meat and seafood in Los Feliz. They are super friendly and seem to be able to order almost anything they don't have. But I'm with Burger Boy...don't know if you'll find exactly what you're looking for

      1. I know exactly what you mean and asked the same question a few years ago (posted in the general chowhound section). Someone replied with a potentially really helpful answer. His answer was Niman Ranch. I really appreciated his response. I ended up finding it in a natural food store locally (I was in Anchorage, AK at the time).

        1. ask at:
          Harmony Farms in La Crescenta
          Huntington Meat at the Grove "Farmer's Market"
          Rawsome (dunno that they carry pork, can't recall, they do carry organic rendered lard and tallow though)

          Huntington Meats
          6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

          Harmony Farms
          2824 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta, CA

          1. I've found the pork fat at various Mexican markets. It's usually packaged and displayed with the meats. If it isn't there, ask for it. I've never had a problem.These markets also have large pork shoulder with plenty of fat for sausage. Most butchers will sell you casings. You usually have to buy a container, which will make a ton of sausage, and I mean that literally. These days, the price of casings can be pretty steep at upscale meat markets, so while you are picking up the fat ask about the casings.

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            1. re: sgiord

              I think the more difficult part of this request is the "organic" element. Is the pork fat you are buying at various Mexican markets organic?

              1. re: Servorg

                I would guess that it isn't. Is the pork organic at any of the meat markets mentioned.? I would love to get some. I think Whole Foods sells organic beef, but I don't know about pork. The last time someone told me about wonderful organic pork, he had raised the pig himself.