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Stewing Hens / Stewing Chicken in South Bay / Santa Clara area?

vprasad Apr 7, 2010 11:42 PM

Back in the north east, stewing hens are relatively easy to find at supermarkets. I've had no such luck here in the south bay, checking the major names (safeway, pw market, lucky, trader joes, whole foods). I don't see them by the bagged poultry and when I ask, a lot of the guys behind the counters have no idea what I'm talking about.

So my questions--
does anyone know where I can find stewing hens for sale in this area?
what exactly does California do with its hens that are too old to lay eggs? Surely they must be sold somewhere in these parts.

  1. Melanie Wong Apr 7, 2010 11:51 PM

    I buy them at Marina Foods in San Mateo. They're bagged and fresh. You might check the branch in Cupertino. They are Chinese supermarkets.

    Marina Food
    10122 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      vprasad Apr 12, 2010 12:28 AM

      Thanks Melanie, I went to the Marina Foods in Cupertino and got a couple-- the chicken soup I made was the most flavorful that I've made in a long time.

      1. re: vprasad
        Melanie Wong Apr 14, 2010 10:51 PM

        Glad that worked out for you. With the weather we had earlier this week, good chicken soup was certainly in order!

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      jsaimd Apr 8, 2010 09:57 AM

      I've bought at Chavez supermarket before.

      1. k
        kemi5 Apr 8, 2010 10:23 AM

        I agree with Melanie about seeing them at Asian markets such as Marina, 99 Ranch, Lions. If not fresh then check the frozen section. They do make the most flavorful stock. If all else fails roast the bones from a fryer for good stock. On another note, FYI I've seen roasters at Nob Hill Market in Mtn. View.

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          2sjfoodies Apr 8, 2010 03:45 PM

          you might try Race Street Fish and Poultry in San Jose. They may be able to special order.

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