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Buying Goat Meat

Dinsdale45 Jan 6, 2011 06:32 AM

I have a hunch that one of those halal meat places would be my best bet. Would these guys actually butcher it (i.e., remove the bones) or is that a cultural no-no, since I imagine that most customers want the bones.

  1. Mike5966 Jan 7, 2011 10:17 AM

    You might try the goat meat at Hamdi Halal Market on Tremont St. in the Mission Hill area, just a block down from Roxbury Crossing. Don't know any specifics about the de-boning issue here.

    Tremont Cafe
    418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

    1. lipoff Jan 7, 2011 08:33 AM

      The Al-Hoda Meat Market on Prospect Street in Cambridge will sell goat (I believe from their own farm in Western Massachusetts) and will butcher it.

      1. Small Plates Jan 6, 2011 10:45 AM

        FWIW, our Meat CSA - Chestnut Farms, had goat meat available this week in our monthly share.

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          pemma Jan 6, 2011 07:35 AM

          I've seen some at Johnnie's Foodmaster in Medford, didn't really pay much attention to what kind of cuts, though. May have been stew meat.

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            Dinsdale45 Jan 6, 2011 08:14 AM

            Actually, stew meat is what I'm after. Mmmm...curried goat.

            1. re: Dinsdale45
              InmanSQ Girl Jan 7, 2011 09:37 AM

              McKinnon's in Davis Sq. definitely has stew meat, bone in, frozen, and very good prices. I'd strongly urge you to leave the bones in when working with stew meat. The bones impart so much flavor and the gelatin acts as a natural meat tenderizer, giving you that succulent curried goat you're shooting for. In my naive youth, I made curried goat and trimmed the fat and bone thinking I was being healthy and fancy, instead I was making a crock pot full of grainy, stringy meat that wasn't worth eating save I had spent time and money on it. Learn from my mistakes and save yourself the heartache!

              1. re: InmanSQ Girl
                Dinsdale45 Jan 7, 2011 12:33 PM

                Hey, thanks for the advice. I just don't want to serve bones in a bowl or make people have to knaw.

          2. okra Jan 6, 2011 07:34 AM

            I saw it at the Hong Kong Supermarket (former Super 88) this week

            1. Nab Jan 6, 2011 06:43 AM

              the haymarket halal dudes will de-boner it for ya

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                Dinsdale45 Jan 6, 2011 06:53 AM

                Hoping for someplace in the NW 'burbs. I know there's a place near China Merchandise in Burlington. Any other good ones around?

                I expect that if you tried a local American butcher shop, you would have to order something like goat, and it would be significantly more expensive.

                1. re: Dinsdale45
                  emannths Jan 6, 2011 06:57 AM

                  The Somerville Market Basket often has previously frozen, assorted chunks of goat meat, with bones. Maybe your MB does as well...?

                  1. re: Dinsdale45
                    Taralli Jan 6, 2011 07:00 AM

                    Give McKinnon's in Davis Sq. a call or one of their other locations: http://mckinnonsmeatmarket.com/

                    1. re: Dinsdale45
                      qianning Jan 6, 2011 07:03 AM

                      FWIW, the halal butchers in S. NH (Nashua & Manchester), will pretty much cut/bone the meat (lamb/goat) anyway I want it done, with the caveat that sometimes I have to buy an entire 1/8-1/4 in order to get specific cuts (i.e. shoulder chops)

                      1. re: qianning
                        Chris VR Jan 6, 2011 07:40 AM

                        El Madina Market in Revere is the same way. I've bought lamb there and was asked if I wanted bone-in or deboned, and when I wanted it de-boned and ground, he gave me the bone to take home and make stock out of.

                        El Madina
                        148 Squire Rd, Revere, MA 02151

                      2. re: Dinsdale45
                        Brock Lee Robb Jan 6, 2011 07:21 AM

                        The place near China Merchandise has very friendly proprietor. He answered questions for me, spent some time, invited me behind the counter. I don't know the answer to your question, but my point is: he'd be easy to ask. Goat-chops were delicious!

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