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Where to buy veal shanks for osso buco?

joolseyc09 Oct 19, 2010 10:31 AM

Hi all!

I've a mind to try my hands at making osso buco. However, "veal shanks" doesn't sound like something that I could easily get at my local Shaw's or Trader Joe's. Any idea where I might be able to purchase about 3 lbs of veal shanks at a decent price? Proximity to Fenway area is a plus, but I'm willing to travel on the T, too. Thanks muchly in advance!

Trader Joe's
1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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  1. C. Hamster RE: joolseyc09 Oct 19, 2010 10:34 AM

    Ive bought them at Stop and Shop before

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    1. re: C. Hamster
      ladym16 RE: C. Hamster Oct 20, 2010 10:27 AM

      Call Savenor's, either in Cambridge or in Beacon Hill (right by MGH stop). They save some for you.

    2. ChefJune RE: joolseyc09 Oct 19, 2010 11:13 AM

      The best place (imho) to buy any Italian cuts of meat (and surely for veal) is at Sulmona Market, a butcher shop on Parmenter Street in the North End. As butchers, they are without peer.

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      1. re: ChefJune
        Northender RE: ChefJune Oct 20, 2010 01:53 PM

        Sulmona is the Shrine to all things veal!

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        Ricardo Malocchio RE: joolseyc09 Oct 19, 2010 11:58 AM

        Whole Foods carries them occasionally (approx. $15/lb.). I saw some about 2 weeks ago at the Symphony location, but not currently. You might want to give them a call.

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        1. re: Ricardo Malocchio
          ChefJune RE: Ricardo Malocchio Oct 19, 2010 01:16 PM

          depends upon the kind of veal you want. Real veal doesn't feed on grass. and Whole Fppds sells "grass-fed veal." Julia Child used to call that "Baby Cow" becaise it had passed the milk-fed period.

          At Sulmona, you will get milk-fed veal.

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          galka RE: joolseyc09 Oct 19, 2010 12:27 PM

          I got some at Costco and they were really cheap, I think $5.99 per lb- I made osso buco and it was fantastic. Used Marcella Hazan's recipe

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            teezeetoo RE: galka Oct 19, 2010 03:36 PM

            Call Meat Locker in Brookline and put in an order. I've had generally good luck with the quality of their product. Sulmona is excellent but not so easy to get to/park by.

            1. re: teezeetoo
              BobB RE: teezeetoo Oct 20, 2010 05:36 AM

              Do you mean Meat House?

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                teezeetoo RE: BobB Oct 20, 2010 03:04 PM

                yes, thank you. i'm aging into permanent malapropism.

            2. re: galka
              smtucker RE: galka Oct 20, 2010 06:37 AM

              Would you post which Costco? [if you can remember.]

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                pierreb100 RE: smtucker Oct 20, 2010 12:55 PM

                the costco in waltham has them

            3. galangatron RE: joolseyc09 Oct 21, 2010 08:34 AM

              saw plenty of fresh veal shanks last weekend at mckinnon's in davis square

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