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Behind the Counter @ Berkeley Bowl

leavemeakiss Feb 21, 2012 10:47 PM

I found out about Berkeley Bowl's "secret menu" when I was looking for beef tendon, which isn't in their butcher case. The butcher recommended that I get "meat scraps," which are just leftover chunks of sinewy, fatty beef. Only $.99/lb, excellent!
Then I was stalking the chow boards and apparently you can get fish heads and frames for $.99 behind the fish counter.
The thing is, I'm too timid to ask what other things they have there - leftover bones from boneless skinless chicken breasts? pork bones? beef bones? Are beef and fish scraps the only things they sell?

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  1. rworange RE: leavemeakiss Feb 21, 2012 10:53 PM

    Which Berkeley Bowl?

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      leavemeakiss RE: rworange Feb 21, 2012 11:41 PM

      I go to the original one, but they'd probably do it at both? I mean, they have a sticker printout for the meat scraps.

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      Joel RE: leavemeakiss Feb 22, 2012 09:51 AM

      At BB East, I have gotten chicken bones for stock. Mostly backs. They have them all the time -- you have to ask. As I recall they were more than 99 cents a pound, but the stock comes out great and there is a fair amount of meat on the bones -- so we can make a meal of the meat too.

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        SerenaE RE: leavemeakiss Feb 22, 2012 10:45 AM

        I often ask for pork bones (for soup) at the meat counter. I think it is $.68/lb or some ridiculous price.

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          leavemeakiss RE: leavemeakiss Feb 25, 2012 09:54 PM

          I went and got the chicken bones, which are also .99/lb. They were all neck and back.

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            zunzie RE: leavemeakiss Feb 26, 2012 07:05 AM

            I buy the 'meat scraps' for my dog all the time. Last week they were 4 ribs with meat on them for like $2.14. No idea why they were considered scraps...

          2. fruti RE: leavemeakiss Feb 27, 2012 06:52 AM

            We have gotten TONS of salmon skin. My dear departed dog and I hung around the oven as my wife broiled several baking sheets of it. One piece for him, one for me. Didn't have it for a while after that. One time it was free, next time they charged a little. Asked for it, did shopping, then returned.

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              rubadubgdub RE: leavemeakiss Feb 27, 2012 11:26 AM

              I have bought the fish scraps at BBE for my cat. It's fun to announce that you'd like something for your cat and have everyone agape. They sell both the tuna bloodline and chowder scraps, price varies from $.50 to $2/lb, depending on how generous they feel on a given day.

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