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Mar 27, 2012 09:04 AM

Where to buy lamb shoulder?

I haven't had any luck at Savenor's or Whole Foods. Any suggestions?

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    1. re: andieb

      Not yet - have you seen it there before?

      1. re: dbradley

        yes, but I have not been in a while. I would give them a buzz before trekking over...

        1. re: andieb

          Certainly seen shoulder chops and lamb shoulder meat cut up for stew at McKinnons. There is also the little meat shop/variety store off Mt Auburn in Watertown. Does anyone know why lamb is so expensive lately?

            1. re: Taralli

              Nick the butcher at Coolidge Variety is very nice, very accommodating. Prices are extremely reasonable and I've been pleased with the quality of the meat. But I would call first. Good chance he'll need a day or two to get in the cut and size you want.

            2. re: gourmaniac

              Also the Meat Spot in Watertown Square.

              1. re: andieb

                Excellent - two places that are completely new to me to try. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm guessing lamb prices are going up for Easter?

                1. re: dbradley

                  You should have good luck at both Coolidge Variety and Meat Spot, they are Greek/Armenian owned (At least they used to be). And I think lamb is just pricey, not sure why...

        2. re: andieb

          I bought shoulder chops at McKinnon's last week (which I cut up to make lamb stew). I think that they were $4.99/lb.

        3. It was close to my office, but I always got good shoulder from ZamZam meats in Norwood.. its a halal butcher.

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          1. re: grant.cook

            I walked into ZamZam once and it looked impressive but i had just had the buffet at Seema's in the same strip mall. I noticed that ZamZam also has prepared lunches. Any good?

          2. I just saw lamb shoulder roasts at WF Fresh Pond..

            1. To followup: Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I went to Mckinnon's and didn't see any lamb shoulder, but asked and they brought out a whole cryovaced shoulder, 8 lbs for $32, bone in. They happily boned it out and cut the bones into smaller pieces for me. They would have ground it too, but I wanted to do that myself.

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              1. re: dbradley

                Great! Happy to hear that, and sounds like a bargain as well...

                1. re: andieb

                  I now have 2 quarts of lamb stock, 5 pounds of sausage and a tub of rendered fat for $32. Not including the spices and aromatics, but still.

                2. re: dbradley

                  Surprisingly, Mt. Auburn Star had virtually no lamb this past Saturday other than a few shrink-wrapped items, Brigham Circle Stop & Shop had none this morning. McKinnons is advertising baby lambs & goats to order and fresh frozen rabbits.

                  1. re: Taralli

                    West Roxbury Star Market (big Syrian/ Lebanese community) had a surprisingly good selection of lamb (legs, stew, shoulder chops, ground lamb). Prices were high but it is what it is.