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Berkshire Pork

itryalot Feb 15, 2010 05:00 AM

Where can one order a couple of Berkshire Pork Shoulders (and other cuts) between London and TO? Quality is a priority over price.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: itryalot Feb 15, 2010 05:08 AM

    Cumbrae's and the Healthy Butcher both carry Berkshire pork shoulder. I should warn you, however, that it doesn't come cheap. I'm used to buying my pork shoulder from T&T, where it's less than $2/lb. I ordered 10 lbs. of Berkshire pork shoulder from Cumbrae's, not thinking to ask the price. I was a bit stunned when I went to pick it up and the bill came to $95!

    1. jayt90 RE: itryalot Feb 15, 2010 05:24 AM

      More reasonable is www.beefconnections.ca
      The next delivery date is March 6, but a specific order for shoulder should go in soon.
      I have had excellent pork and chicken from them. I believe the pork is 75% Berkshire, the other parts Tamworth and Duroc, both heritage breeds.

      1. TorontoTuna RE: itryalot Feb 15, 2010 06:49 AM

        When going after pork shoulder, it’s important to note that not everyone carries the whole shoulder with the bone-in. If you’re slow smoking on the B.G.G. or other smoker, the bigger the piece the better for moist meat and the bone really adds to the flavor. Rowe Farms, for example, will only give you a boneless, over-trimmed Boston Butt. You really need the fatty Picnic end as well to slow smoke. For the real deal on organic Berks’, contact this guy.


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          lilaki RE: itryalot Feb 15, 2010 03:14 PM

          give frank a call at medium rare (www.mediumrare.to/). his shop carries berkshire pork.

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            duckdown RE: lilaki Feb 16, 2010 05:09 PM

            Beat me to it

            +1 for Medium Rare

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              OTFOODIE RE: lilaki Feb 17, 2010 06:18 AM

              Just a note, the link above will not work without removing the "/)."

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                lilaki RE: OTFOODIE Feb 17, 2010 06:22 AM

                oops ... sorry ... let's try this again!


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              jeannieh20 RE: itryalot Feb 16, 2010 08:28 AM

              There is a Healthy Butcher in Kitchener, closer to London if that is where you are. In TO though I find it more reasonable than cumbrae's... Call ahead to place the order, they do have bone in shoulder, i just got a small guy the other day. Just be specific.

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                itryalot RE: itryalot Feb 16, 2010 03:36 PM

                I am thinking I want boneless with the skin to wrap around it.

                1. grandgourmand RE: itryalot Feb 16, 2010 04:39 PM

                  Try the butcher shoppe in etobicoke. They have two-packs of berkshire pork shoulder.

                  1. aser RE: itryalot Mar 8, 2010 07:16 PM

                    missed this post...

                    you can also try The Butchers or Sanagan's Meat Locker.

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