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I need pig's blood for Boudin

oana Nov 29, 2010 05:12 PM

Hi there,
I would like to make PDC's Boudin Maison but I need to find some pig's blood. Preferably organic. My farmer does not have any. Does anyone know where I can find some?
Thanks guys, Oana

  1. MonsieurMangetout Nov 29, 2010 07:51 PM

    Have you tried asking at any of the butchers in Jean Talon, such as les Fermes Saint Vincent or Porcmeilleur? (Note: the former is organic the latter is not.)

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    1. re: MonsieurMangetout
      carswell Nov 29, 2010 08:14 PM

      The former is certified organic, the latter is not, though it does claim to be very close to certifiable organic, just unwilling to put up with the hassle and expense of certification.

      1. re: carswell
        oana Nov 30, 2010 07:03 AM

        Thanks guys, good idea, that is what I will do this week. I have a feeling though it might be a little more difficult than I anticipated... but fun :). Thank you again for the advice, much appreciated.

    2. porker Nov 30, 2010 05:18 PM

      Abbatoir Clement Poissant off the 15 near St. Phillippe might help you out.
      has their number and a map to boot.
      I don't know if they regularly keep the blood from slaughter, but I do see customers collecting it themselves.
      Don't think their pigs are necessarily organic.

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      1. re: porker
        oana Dec 2, 2010 05:51 AM

        Hi, Okay, thanks for this porker (had to say it :)). For this particular recipe, considering what industrialized pigs are fed I think I will do my best to find organic or well raised because blood is pretty intimate :).
        I really was not anticipating this level of difficulty to find blood. I mean you do see Boudin around you know ...
        Cheers, Oana

        1. re: oana
          porker Dec 3, 2010 02:03 AM

          I don't know if they would necessarily be classed "industrial". As far as abbatoirs go, its a pretty small operation. Where they get their pigs, I don't know - it might very well be from a mega producer, but again, it might be from smaller, local farmers.
          The place just came to mind as I rubbed elbows with an elderly Portuguese woman who was collecting blood specifically for sausage. Afterward (we looked like extras from the Texas Cahinsaw Massacre...hehe) I asked her for the recipe which she gladly shared.

          1. re: porker
            oana Dec 6, 2010 01:08 PM

            Still no luck, I might have to make my way there next week. Lol :), I can just picture it :).

            1. re: oana
              porker Dec 6, 2010 03:15 PM

              Maybe give them a call first, see if they can help, rather than possibly make the trip for nothing.

              1. re: porker
                oana Dec 19, 2010 03:57 PM

                I got it!!! :):)
                Wednesday is the night for Boudin ...
                Wish me luck :)

                1. re: oana
                  porker Dec 21, 2010 05:09 AM

                  OK, but don't kill us with the suspense, wheredja get it?
                  Also let us know how it comes out.

                  1. re: porker
                    oana Dec 22, 2010 09:29 AM

                    Lol :) A certain Chef :) I will let you know as soon as I get the okay today.
                    Will do! :)

                    1. re: oana
                      oana Dec 23, 2010 07:53 PM

                      It was awesome!!! :) Beautiful! :) Glorious! :) And messy :). I will post all recipes, photos and the full story this weekend. What a great recipe. PDC's Boudin Maison. So good and very unusual (for me).

                      I served Turkey hearts, Beef livers, Turkey livers and of course, Boudin :).
                      And who rescued me in the end ... none other than the man himself ... Mr. Generous Picard. It would not have happened without him.

                      Happy holidays to all, whatever it is that you celebrate! :)

                      1. re: oana
                        oana Jan 5, 2011 05:58 AM

                        Here it is guys! :) For whoever is interested... The title is:

                        I heard angels sing ...


                        I would love to know what you think ...

                        Happy new year to those who's new year it is and happy eating,

                        1. re: oana
                          oana Jan 5, 2011 06:12 AM

                          One of the Boudin photos ...

                          1. re: oana
                            waziboy Jan 5, 2011 01:08 PM

                            Bravo! What a meal you have prepared! I don't think I would've had the "guts" to do it

                            1. re: waziboy
                              oana Jan 6, 2011 07:46 PM

                              Thank you! LOL :) Sure you would :)
                              Happy eating, Oana

                            2. re: oana
                              porker Jan 7, 2011 05:20 AM

                              Happy it turned out! Nice blog, professional looking pictures.
                              Perhaps on a blustery February night you can make head cheese? Easier getting a pig's head than blood!

                              1. re: porker
                                oana Jan 7, 2011 08:27 PM

                                Thank you :) you an me both! :) Thank you so much, it is my second passion :) I love taking photos :) love! :) I hope to be able to apply the writing and the photos to something one day :).

                                You know, that is a wonderful idea :). I am not sure I can muster the courage though. Blood is one thing ... a head ... a little more intense ...Have you ever made it?

                                Yeah ... how does that work?! :)

                                1. re: oana
                                  porker Jan 8, 2011 06:11 AM

                                  Yeah, I used a half head, simmer once, discard water. Add fresh water and seasonings, simmer plenty long.
                                  The idea is to boil out all the collagen you can. Afterward, pick out whatever meat from wherever you can (bits of snout, skin, ear, all fair game). Place these bits in a container and top with pot liquor (I also added some vinegar to the pot for flavor). Let cool, put in fridge.
                                  It sets up like gelatina and can be sliced, enjoyed with wine.
                                  You can do the same with feet (or hock), which has much more collagen to begin with, and maybe less heebeejeebee factor {;-/)

                                  1. re: porker
                                    oana Jan 9, 2011 01:19 PM

                                    Okay, snout, skin, ear ...might need reinforcements ... might you be interested in a collaboration on this dish? :)

                                    1. re: oana
                                      porker Jan 9, 2011 03:02 PM

                                      Sounds good - while the head is simmering, we can make pickled pork tongue or cottechino (Italian sausage featuring pig skin) or some such!

                                      1. re: porker
                                        oana Jan 9, 2011 05:12 PM

                                        Believe it or not, that sounds like heaven! :) lol :)
                                        There is no contact info on your profile that I can see so if you can send me your contact info at dishchronicles@gmail.com we can get this show on the road :)!
                                        So excited! :)

                              2. re: oana
                                TheSnowpea Jan 8, 2011 02:32 PM

                                I'm so impressed! great blog entry too :)

                                1. re: TheSnowpea
                                  oana Jan 9, 2011 01:23 PM

                                  Thank you! :) and thank you :) If you ever have any ideas of what you would like to see made that people "don't make" anymore or any other recipe that you would like to see attempted, let me know :)

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            tohtem Apr 27, 2011 06:39 PM

            Go to Slovenia 3653 St-Laurent. They sell 1L bottles frozen

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            1. re: tohtem
              oana May 6, 2011 06:52 AM

              Fantastic thank you tohtem. Now I can make it agan and invite the ones who missed it. Super.

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