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Where to get the best Frozen or Fresh Chicken Wings?

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Lefty Feb 13, 2011 07:34 AM

I am looking for a place to get the best (must be a good size) chicken wings for making at home. I have had the the brand that Costco sells (Pitchy?) and they are the best I have ever found for a breaded wing, but they don't have any plain, which I need for a homemade recipe. Thanks

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    MattB RE: Lefty Feb 13, 2011 09:16 AM

    Brown Bros. in the south St. Lawrence Market. Big and fresh.

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    92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

    1. jayt90 RE: Lefty Feb 13, 2011 01:33 PM

      Really? Costco usually has trays of raw wings for about $20.

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        sumdumgoy RE: jayt90 Feb 13, 2011 02:28 PM

        Bruno's and McEwen's have very good sized wings (6 -7 pieces/lb.) and will normally pick out larger ones if requested.

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          Kagemusha RE: jayt90 Feb 13, 2011 05:03 PM

          Costco's the place. Trimmed, no waste, nice size.

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          Chocolatemama RE: Lefty Feb 13, 2011 04:57 PM

          I find the Asian markets are the best place to get chicken wings. They are cheaper and are usually a good size. The ones at Costco aren`t bad, but are a little on the small side and the ones at Loblaws are very expensive and very small. I often get mine at T & T.

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            jmarcroyal RE: Chocolatemama Feb 13, 2011 05:45 PM

            just buy raw chicken wings and roast them in the oven, they get nice and crisp and delicious. I usually put a bit of oil, garlic salt, oregano and pepper, which gives it a bit of flavor but enough to add other seasonings or sauces afterwards. It goes great with a bit of lemon juice!

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            Lefty RE: Lefty Feb 14, 2011 04:13 AM

            Thanks for the responses. Yes I do know that Costco has fresh wings but as per Choclatemama they are always seem to be on the small side. I am looking for good size wings. Need them for this weekend, so it's looking like St. Lawrence Market or T@T. ...As I am coming in from the east T@T may be closer unless anyone has suggestion for farther east,.

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              Lefty RE: Lefty Feb 18, 2011 03:19 AM

              I got them at Brown Bros. ...... good size, good price .... thanks again

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                cheezy1 RE: Lefty Feb 18, 2011 08:24 AM

                This is a bit late and not in your area but I thought I'd throw it out there for general knowledge. I live in Brampton and buy fresh wings from Oceans (an Asian store). I'd classify them medium in size and they have them on sale on a fairly regular basis for $1.99/lb. Just marinated and bbq'd a bunch of these the other week, quality is generally very good. Also, the Maple Lodge Farms factory store is a good bet in the West end (Winston Churchill & Derry). You can buy full wings, split wings, medium or large size and either fresh or frozen. The pricing is better than regular grocery store pricing and they have the occasional sale. Quality is excellent as they are right from the factory (plus they are Canadian). The only down side is that you have to buy in bulk sizes (10+ pounds) but I just separate them into manageable packs and freeze them.

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                  gomes RE: cheezy1 Feb 18, 2011 12:36 PM

                  Glad that I'm not the only one exploiting Ocean's really cheap prices for wings. They are small, however. I don't think there's a difference in flavour, but it does mean a lot more prep work. And if you do go fresh, make sure to trim off the tips and put them in a resealable baggie and store them in the freezer, ready for the next time you make stock.

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                    cheezy1 RE: gomes Feb 18, 2011 06:57 PM

                    Just an update, Oceans has their wings on for only $1.88/lb from Feb. 21- 24th. From experience these are probably full wings that you will have to split and remove the tips but they are sold in trays of about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds. Great deal!

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                  Dflip RE: Lefty Feb 18, 2011 04:49 PM

                  Bruno's in Pickering, Rougemount and Kingston Rd., has good sized wings with the tip on for $3.29 a pound, used to be $2.99. They go just over 4 wings per pound and have significantly more meat on them than normal on them. Many of the places around have very tiny wings with mostly bone and no meat. I chop off the tips and use them for stock when I make up a large batch.

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