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Cornish Game Hen or other Game Meats?

Nattomi Oct 9, 2011 09:54 AM

Hey all!

I'm interested in finding cornish game hens (not Tyson brand) or other game meats (elk, rabbit, etc.), if available. So far I've only visited CM and the typical supermarkets to search for them, and am wondering if a visit to MT or WF is in order?

Additionally, I would prefer minimally processed meats. Thank you!

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    minatalks Oct 9, 2011 02:05 PM

    Hill Country Fine Meats out in Marble Falls usually has some very interesting and different meats in their freezer, it might be worth calling them to find out what they have in stock. Closer in, the Meat House in Westlake has various wild game products in their freezer case also.

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    1. re: minatalks
      Nattomi Oct 10, 2011 06:11 PM

      Thanks, I'll check out both of those, since it seems they're likely to be nice quality meats.

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      frankcross Oct 9, 2011 03:33 PM

      Sebastian at Countryside Farms typically has interesting game meats for sale at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Republic Square. Definitely minimally processed.

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      1. re: frankcross
        Nattomi Oct 10, 2011 06:14 PM

        Thanks, I'm curious as to what they may have. Nothing beats minimally processed, especially taste-wise.

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        sqwertz Oct 10, 2011 08:02 AM

        Central Market usually has rabbit. HEB at Congress and Oltorf usually had kid./cabrito. The USDA says that Cornish game hens are probably "nearly extinct, if not so". What are being sold as game hens are just young supermarket chickens (which are all partly Cornish in their original breeds).

        MT doesn't have any game meats. Just odd parts of common meats. Fiesta has bull fries (testicles), if you're just out for something out of the "ordinary". I haven't worked up the nerve for those. Yet.

        Central Market
        4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

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        1. re: sqwertz
          rudeboy Oct 10, 2011 03:27 PM

          I actually saw pig anus at MT, just in case anyone is interested in that. Swear to God. How would one cook it? Anyone ever had it?

          But back to the point, I did order a heritage turkey from Richardson Farms (at the Burnet Rd Farmer's market). Technically not game meat, but maybe gamier. 512 446 2306 or richardsonfarms.com

          1. re: rudeboy
            sqwertz Oct 10, 2011 07:02 PM

            The proper term is Pork Bung or Pork Rectum, thank you ;-)

            [Clickety click] Ah, yes - here we go. A Sqwertz original photo:

            And don't forget uterus:

            I've had uterus as part of the "marinated combo" at Din Ho and First China, but I don't think I've have rectum.


            1. re: sqwertz
              rudeboy Oct 10, 2011 07:57 PM

              Good god, Swertz, you are a freaking awesome hound....you are all up in there.

          2. re: sqwertz
            Nattomi Oct 10, 2011 06:16 PM

            I wonder how I missed this at CM--apparently it wasn't in the frozen food aisle, or I missed it when I was looking. This is really news to me, actually, since I remember the memory of eating Cornish game hens, and the taste was quite different from a regular young chicken, hmm. Admittedly, it's been quite a while since I've had any Cornish game hens, actually.

            I think I'd need a recipe to dare that one!

          3. TroyTempest Oct 10, 2011 03:31 PM

            I have see quail at some hispanic supermarkets before, usually frozen. I think, but don't hold me to this the one on Decker Lane and Loyola. I realize this isn't much help, but if you see a hispanic store near you, they might also have them.

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              Nattomi Oct 10, 2011 06:24 PM

              Thanks, TroyTempest. I'm not sure of any hispanic stores near me, but I'll be sure to look around for them! For some reason I always think the foreign store will have what I'm looking for.

              1. re: Nattomi
                sqwertz Oct 10, 2011 07:05 PM

                And don't forget Central Market and Whole Foods both have all sorts of different cuts of bison. Ribeyes, strips, tenderloin, and ground usually.

                Central Market
                4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

              2. re: TroyTempest
                sqwertz Oct 10, 2011 07:04 PM

                CM North had "fresh" (probably "previously frozen") quail last time I was there a month ago. I usually shop south (and usually just blow right by the poultry sections at both CM's)

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