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Smoked turkey parts?

Hi all-

I recently moved to Cambridge from the Bay Area. Back in the Bay I could pretty easily find smoked turkey parts- drumsticks or wings- either in the butcher case or packaged. These were my go-to for making a pot of collard greens.

So far, no luck in finding them in Boston/Cambridge. I've checked Whole Foods, Savenor's, and the Meat House. Savenor's at least knew what I was talking about and said they could be special-ordered (though it might need to be in quantity). Has anyone seen these in any area stores? Maybe in ethnic markets? I'm not looking for whole smoked turkeys, and unfortunately I'm not set up to smoke myself.

Alternatively, has anyone made greens with smoked fish? I could always go the nuclear option- ham hocks- but I'm trying to move away from an all-pork diet. :)

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655 Main St, Walpole, MA 02081

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  1. I believe I've purchased smoked drumsticks at the Somerville Market Basket. I think I've also seen wings there.

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    1. re: emannths

      .. and Burlington & Chelsea locations as well.

    2. McKinnon's in Somerville would be a good bet. Never mind the great prices on meat.

      1. This time of year I always find them at Stop & Shop to make holiday stuffed mushrooms.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions, all. I called McKinnon's and they said they do carry smoked turkey wings, drumsticks, and necks. I will update once I've had a chance to get over there.

          1. The Shaws in Porter SQ has also always had a selection of smoked Turkey parts. I have used them with great success for collard greens many times. If you have not tried it, add some thickly shredded cabbage to your collard greens...it adds a touch of sweetness and somehow make the whole dish more tender (though that may be in my head). Have fun!

            1. Update: smoked turkey drumsticks are indeed for the having at McKinnon's. They were hard to find, and the clerk at the register confidently informed me they don't carry any smoked turkey anything! Luckily since I had called in, I didn't believe him and found them in the freezer aisle (no, he didn't have the decency to be embarrassed when I checked out).

              The pot of greens made with the drumstick came out super tasty, so I would rate the quality positively. And everyone who goes on about the incredibly low prices for meat at McKinnon's is not exaggerating. I filled the freezer with several weeks worth of meals and paid (for example) probably half as much for chicken thighs as I would have at Trader Joe's. It's not the place to get grass-fed organic anything, and it's a little out of the way for regular shopping for me. But it is amazingly cheap, reasonably good quality, and a great selection.

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

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              1. re: fatty_mouthfeel

                As a variation, you can get good smoked duck (hacked up) at Mulan in Cambridge

                1. re: fatty_mouthfeel

                  Not three weeks ago, I had my choice of smoked turkey drumsticks, necks, or wings at the Packards Corner Star Market, for short money. One package of five enormous necks cost something like $4: one went into greens, another into the black-eyed peas, and the others are in the freezer waiting for the next time I feel like making jambalaya.

                  They're on the back wall next to the things no one ever actually buys, like those Hormel ham patties in the can.

                2. Further update: last time I visited McKinnon's there were no smoked turkey parts to be found. So availability may be spotty.

                  But I can confirm Somerville Market Basket does indeed carry them, and they're fine quality and pretty cheap.

                  Packard's Corner Star Market is going on the list. I wonder why they carry smoked turkey there and not other locations I've tried? Demographic difference?

                  Collard greens with smoked duck sounds dee-freaking-licious and I might just have to try making it one of these days. Hmm... wonder if I could make biscuits using duck fat as shortening to go with them? :)

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                  1. re: fatty_mouthfeel

                    McKinnon's is like that with less mainstream items - sometimes they've got them, sometimes they don't. The selection in the open cooler in the middle of the meat section reflects what they happen to have cut up recently in the back, as far as I can tell - pork skin one day, then tons of chicken backs and hearts, then beef marrow bones, etc., etc. Not sure about the smoked turkey parts as I doubt they smoke their own turkeys, but who knows.