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Is there a butcher that will sell calf brains and other offal?

buttery77 Apr 2, 2011 03:33 PM

I'm new to the US and am trying to find good butchers that sell veal offal such as brains and sweetbreads. Anyone got any suggestions? I've looked online but no joy, so I was hoping for some insider knowledge. Also, I cant seem to find any unsmoked bacon either!

I write a blog on English Food and would like to get hold of them for some recipes for it.


thanks folks!

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    brucesw RE: buttery77 Apr 3, 2011 05:35 AM

    There was a recent thread on availability of offal with many suggestions.

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      buttery77 RE: brucesw Apr 3, 2011 08:22 AM

      Thanks Bruce
      I found the thread - but none seem to sell calf offal, just beef. Is there somewhere that deals with or specialises in veal?

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        brucesw RE: buttery77 Apr 4, 2011 06:59 PM

        Good looking stuff on your blog btw.

        You have pretty well exhausted my knowledge of offal suppliers. I don't know what to suggest. Since this is for something English?, maybe look at the list of suppliers on the Feast website and start calling? How about that new Revival Market in the Heights?

        What nationalities serve brains - Pakistani, Mexican that I can think of. Some taco trucks do a lot of offal tacos - sesos, buche, tripas, etc. Maybe Mi Tienda in Pasadena - they have a very big meat department, bigger than most canicerias. Maybe a halal butcher? The biggest in town that I know of are Jerusalem Halal Deli on Hillcroft, World Foods Whse on Beechnut at Hwy 6 and Savoy on Wilcrest.

        But calf- I don't know.

        Here's a place I happened to spot one time - never have been back. May be the supplier for Halal butcher shops in the area:


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          buttery77 RE: brucesw Apr 5, 2011 09:19 AM

          Thanks Bruce - I'll check those out. Cheers!

    2. zorra RE: buttery77 Apr 4, 2011 10:16 AM

      Check with Yonder Way Farm in Brenham about their bacon. I'm pretty sure it's unsmoked.
      Their meats are excellent, and they are fine people to deal with.


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        buttery77 RE: zorra Apr 5, 2011 09:19 AM

        Thanks Zorra, I shall have a look-see

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        Jaymes RE: buttery77 Apr 5, 2011 10:24 AM

        Don't know what you want to do with the unsmoked bacon so this tip might not be of value, but I have a few recipes that call for it. I briefly parboil it. That gets rid of the smoky taste. Then I fry it, or use it however it's called for in the recipe.

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          buttery77 RE: Jaymes Apr 5, 2011 11:06 AM

          Cheers James. A good tip! Thanks

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            grbroderick RE: buttery77 Apr 5, 2011 01:06 PM

            You should be able to find pork belly at Revival Market, which is, essentially, unsmoked bacon...

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              buttery77 RE: grbroderick Apr 5, 2011 02:56 PM

              Not quite, grb - in Britain you can get bacon that is cured, but unsmoked. It's often a wet cure usuing brine and spices. I might have a stab at making my own, Cant be that hard (!)

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                FarleyFlavors RE: buttery77 Apr 6, 2011 06:36 AM

                Indeed - unsmoked cured Ayrshire bacon is the finest in the world IMHO.

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                  caliking RE: FarleyFlavors Apr 6, 2011 01:06 PM

                  My BIL made unsmoked/wet cured bacon last year and it was superb. I think he got the recipe/protocol form the internet. I remember the directions including adding some scotch to the cook periodically.

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                    buttery77 RE: caliking Apr 6, 2011 01:15 PM

                    thanks cailiking, i'll have a look on google!

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