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Mar 23, 2010 03:04 PM

Gizzards - where did they go?

I enjoy gizzards and used to be able to pick them up at any supermarket. I have recently found that they are not available. My local shops tell me that they are not bringing them in due to low/no demand. I would have thought that they would have them after slicing up chickens for sale.

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  1. Probably any Chinese grocer will have them!

    1. Definitely available at T&T. Now the bigger question, is which restaurants have them on the menu? Unfortunately I only know of Sushi on 7 which serves them skewered and grilled. Back in Vancouver, long time ago there used to be a restaurant that served them fried up in spicy salt. I would love to find another restaurant that did that.

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      1. re: sbug206

        Just had deep fried chicken gizzards (karaage style) at Koyoi last night. It was very good.

      2. Greek butcher shops on the Danforth or Pape should also sell them. I'd think you'd be able to also find gizzards in the St.Lawrence Mkt.

        I've never had any problem finding them at Sobey's and Metro in London, ON, but haven't looked for them at supermarkets in TO. I usually stock up on a few packs when I find them, and keep them in the freezer.

        1. Jerry's (on Danforth) definitely has them.

          1. I see them at Real Canadian Superstore about once every couple of weeks. Food Basics has them occasionally, too.

            Thing is that many places don`t fabricate their own chicken parts anymore. I know where I used to work, all the poultry came in more or less precut, and the meat guys just repackaged it from the 20kg cases into the little trays.
            Maple Leaf Prime stuff even comes from the plant already prepackaged in those shiny white Styrofoam trays. All they have to do is slap a price on it.

            Surprisingly hard to find a grocery store butcher section who actually breaks down their own poultry anymore, apparently. I asked at Superstore the other week if they had any necks and backs or other scraps I could have (I needed to make stock, ASAP, and I didn't have enough stuff) and the butcher looked at me like I was crazy for asking if they cut their own birds.

            Maple Leaf Restaurant
            1076 Cardiff Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5S1P3, CA

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            1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

              I was wondering that - as my local store eluded to this but I thought it was just because it was a small store. Sad- there are still the ethic markets and will miss going to the local butcher and purchasing the good bits.

              1. re: juliewong

                Many Asian stores still break down chickens, and offer the carcasses for stock, $1/bag, and the offal separately. I know it's not Miss., but I get these parts at Soon Lee, Markham and Lawrence, or T.Phat, in the old Knob Hill, Pickering, Kingston Rd. east of Brock.

                Soon Lee
                629 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1J, CA