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Oct 19, 2010 10:31 AM

Where to buy veal shanks for osso buco?

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. Ive bought them at Stop and Shop before

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    1. re: C. Hamster

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

    2. 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

        Sulmona is the Shrine to all things veal!

      2. 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

          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.

        2. 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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          1. re: galka

            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: BobB

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

            1. re: galka

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

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