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Where to find Goose Fat in SEA?

Scott O Sep 22, 2010 02:42 PM

Anyone know a good source for buying rendered goose fat? I need it for a couple of dishes I'm cooking.

Duck fat I can easily get, but I am specifically looking for goose fat. Please let me know if you have any leads!

--Scott O.

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  1. kaleokahu RE: Scott O Sep 22, 2010 04:10 PM

    Buy a shotgun, license and duck stamps and come hunting. Better yet, a net at Greenlake or the Arboretum would save a little powder and shot.

    How much do you need ? If you don't mind rendering it yourself, that is!

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      Scott O RE: kaleokahu Sep 22, 2010 06:20 PM

      I don't mind rendering myself, but buying a pound of rendered fat is a lot cheaper than buying a whole goose, let alone a hunting license and goose stamps.

      As for Green Lake geese, I'm not going to go there.

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        kaleokahu RE: Scott O Sep 23, 2010 02:34 PM

        What are you willing to pay or trade, per Canadian Honker?

    2. Tom Armitage RE: Scott O Sep 22, 2010 06:52 PM

      I don’t know off-hand any walk-in, off-the-shelf sources in Seattle. Seattle Caviar Company carries foie gras, but I don’t remember seeing any duck or goose fat. You’ve probably already checked with DeLaurenti and Whole Foods, but if not, you could give them a call. Otherwise, you can get goose fat from some mail-order sources on the web. See, e.g., Schlitz Foods (www.roastgoose.com), GermanDeli.com (www.germandeli.com), and British Corner Shop (www.britishcornershop.co.uk).

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        terrier RE: Tom Armitage Sep 24, 2010 07:23 AM

        I'd call Hans' Delicatessen in Burien. They'd certainly be able to point you in the right direction even if they don't have any themselves.

        I also know people who have bought whole geese through Don & Joe in the market.

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          Scott O RE: terrier Sep 27, 2010 10:44 AM

          Hans doesn't have it. The person I spoke with didn't have any suggestions.

          Don & Joe was the first place I tried - they don't carry it. I'm thinking about asking them to order it.

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        howard 1st RE: Scott O Sep 23, 2010 09:36 AM

        for what it's worth, i have cooked with goose fat and the more easily obtained duck fat and chicken fat and have found them basiclly interchangeable except in dishes (like kishka or helzel) where the fat is the primary ingredient - but, even there, the difference is minimal

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          Scott O RE: howard 1st Sep 27, 2010 10:46 AM

          I do not find chicken and duck interchangeable at all. Duck and goose are closer, but still not the same. At least for my cooking.

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          Scott O RE: Scott O Sep 27, 2010 10:47 AM

          I just tried checking Amazon.com and none of the products listed are available. Now I'm starting to get annoyed.

          Doesn't anyone cook with this stuff?

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          1. re: Scott O
            MikeG RE: Scott O Sep 27, 2010 10:51 AM

            I haven't looked far and wide but I haven't seen it in NYC lately, at a couple of places that used to carry it. Apparently there was an import ban at some point, I don't know whether it's still in place.

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              Scott O RE: MikeG Sep 27, 2010 12:48 PM

              You would think with the boom in domestic foie gras there would be a domestic source...

              Puzzling to say the least.

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                slabbit RE: Scott O Sep 30, 2010 04:18 PM

                Unless I'm mistaken, all or nearly all domestic foie gras is duck. Both Hudson Valley and Sonoma use Pekin duck.

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            Scott O RE: Scott O Sep 27, 2010 01:38 PM

            I posted the same query on the NYC board and turned up a hit: Schaller & Weber carries it in the store & they're willing to ship. ($30 min. so I had to buy two 14 oz. tubs at $18 each).

            FYI it's not currently on the web site, but from what they tell me the site is a work in progress.

            Still, it would be great to know of any local sources who can supply year-round.

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              kaleokahu RE: Scott O Sep 27, 2010 06:26 PM

              Here's 'nother lead for you...

              1-2 weeks ago the Food Channel ran a show (sorry, don't remember the one, they're kinda all the same) that featured an Idaho restaurant called Boise Fry Company. I just remembered the owner was bragging about the best fat to do French fries in was goose fat, and that they sold tons fried in goose. Maybe they'd sell you some at a lower price, or point you to where they're getting theirs.

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                Scott O RE: kaleokahu Sep 30, 2010 05:42 PM

                Worth a shot, if I can find their supplier.

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                  kaleokahu RE: Scott O Oct 1, 2010 07:40 AM

                  Yes, let us know. It takes a lot of work dumping the roasting pan to make up a pound of fat.

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                Scott O RE: Scott O Oct 2, 2010 09:45 AM

                I decided to order from Schaller & Weber and received a beautifully-packed container via FedEx 2-day. NOTE: shipping was $35. Ouch! I definitely need to find a local source...

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                  Lauren RE: Scott O Oct 7, 2010 01:53 PM

                  Did you try calling University Seafood and Poultry? They might have it - or a suggestion on where to find it locally.

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                orakildba RE: Scott O Sep 27, 2010 02:12 PM

                check with Stewarts in Yelm - if they don't have it i bet they probably know where to get it - that place is fantastic

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                1. re: orakildba
                  Scott O RE: orakildba Oct 16, 2010 11:53 PM

                  Good tip! They can get it. Good news: just $5.99 / lb. The bad news: have to order 10 lbs.

                  Anyone want to start a buying club?

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                  lhart57 RE: Scott O Oct 13, 2010 11:29 AM

                  Still need Goose fat?
                  I think I have some in my freezer.
                  It is possible it it rancid as I can't remember when it was given to me.
                  I was going to use it to make soap.

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                    Scott O RE: lhart57 Oct 16, 2010 11:51 PM

                    Thanks, but I have some fresh now - appreciate the offer.

                    Now, if I can only lock down a regular source that doesn't cost an arm & a leg....

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                    goofygamine RE: Scott O Oct 13, 2010 01:02 PM

                    check with Swinery in West Seattle. They carry different fats from time to time.

                    The Swinery
                    3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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                    1. re: goofygamine
                      Scott O RE: goofygamine Oct 16, 2010 11:51 PM

                      I just had the same thought. The Swinery can get goose fat from one of their suppliers - price around $12 / lb. Pretty good compared with Schaller & Weber in NYC, even before you add in 2-day FedEx. They tend to buy good quality stuff, so even better.

                      The Swinery
                      3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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