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adroit_minx Aug 2, 2010 09:19 PM

Does anyone know where in the Bay Area I might be able to find schmaltz (the chicken variety)? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    milklady Aug 2, 2010 10:16 PM

    I think Oakland Kosher Fods sells it. I'd call and ask.

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      alag Aug 2, 2010 11:37 PM

      Mollie Stone's has it in their freezer section.

      Mollie Stone's
      851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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      1. re: alag
        takuhead Aug 3, 2010 12:11 AM

        There is fresh rendered chicken schmaltz from organic chicken at the Sunday farmer's market on California Ave in Palo Alto = Old Creek Ranch


      2. wolfe Aug 3, 2010 02:23 AM

        I've bought it at Andronico's Shattuck, frozen, but not lately.

        1. BernalKC Aug 3, 2010 01:22 PM

          Bob @ Mission Market Fish & Poultry can take care of you. Might have to call ahead, but he'll have it perfectly fresh and just right.

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            neu Aug 5, 2010 02:31 AM

            "Mountain Ranch Organically Grown" at the Saturday Ferry Building Farmers' Market has freshly rendered chicken schmaltz.

            209 754 5253

            1. nhbalex Aug 7, 2010 02:59 AM

              My dad used to eat schmaltz on a piece of crusty bread. How are you using it?

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                wolfe Aug 7, 2010 11:28 AM

                Old country dad. "In Europe rendered chicken or goose fat is prized as a spread for bread."

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                  adroit_minx Aug 11, 2010 01:35 PM

                  I'm making matzo balls and they're just so much better with schmaltz than butter or oil. :) Although eating it on a piece of crusty bread sounds interesting, too.... maybe with a sprinkle of sea salt...

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                  Kmanlove Aug 11, 2010 02:08 PM

                  You should think about making it. It is really easy and lasts forever in the fridge. I order chicken fat and chicken skin (for gribenes) from Bi-Rite or another good butcher. Then let melt and simmer till it golden and pretty clear, throw in a sliced onion and let it simmer until the onion and skin are crisp (being careful not to let the onion burn).

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                  1. re: Kmanlove
                    ospreycove Aug 11, 2010 02:25 PM

                    Make sure you specify Chicken Fat or Kosher when making your inquiries, as Europeans use the word "schmaltz for all rendered fats. Goose, pig, duck, etc.

                  2. possumspice Mar 21, 2013 12:48 PM

                    My child is obsessed with matzo ball soup right now and matzo balls made with melted butter definitely taste a little off, so I stumbled onto this thread and just want to add a couple of sources:

                    Spotted some in the freezer section of Andronicos.

                    The newly opened (and frankly awesome) Mission outpost of 4505 meats has it in their freezer case.

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                      laterible Mar 21, 2013 01:03 PM

                      i would strongly recommend just making some- its pretty simple and hassle free. also more reliable rather than someone elses frozen product IMO.
                      just put a bunch of chicken feet/wings/bones in a pot and simmer for a few hours, then turn off heat and chill. presto- you will have schmaltz. i am making mine a day before the matza balls so i have it ready... good luck.

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                        hyperbowler Mar 21, 2013 01:21 PM

                        @ possomspice, thanks for the tip!

                        If you decide to make your own, do call a butcher beforehand to see if they have parts to spare and ask them the price. Last passover, with schmaltz sold out everywhere, and me being desperate, I had to pay $3/lb for skin!

                      2. possumspice Apr 2, 2014 08:53 AM

                        Just spotted schmaltz on the Good Eggs website today. Roti Roti is the seller.

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                        1. re: possumspice
                          weinstein5 Apr 2, 2014 06:32 PM

                          It is actually very easy to make - from a thread on the kosher board talking about making Gribenes which is the by product of rendering schmaltz - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930338

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