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May 7, 2012 08:29 PM

game meat in orange county

Where can i find game meats i.e. wild boar, venison, quail, elk, and ox tail, in orange county?

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  1. Meat House. They have locations in Costa Mesa, Brea, and Mission Viejo.

    1. I have seen game meats at Gem Meats in Fullerton as well. They're in a freezer near the back of the store, not in the meat case. I'm not sure about the consistency of the selection, but the guys there are really helpful. Give them a call.

      Gem Meats

      3125 Yorba Linda Boulevard Fullerton, CA 92831

      (714) 996-3363

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      1. re: OCSteve

        I second this.

        Also, oxtail is not game meat (it's cow tail, not actual oxen) and is commonly available at most grocery stores.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          isn't it true you can't actually buy "game" meat in the u.s.?
          here i'm defining game as an animal born and raised in the wild and shot, as opposed to a farm raised elk or deer,etc.

          1. re: linus

            No, I think you've got the wrong end of the stick there. I've certainly bought—and sold—my share of game meat.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              respectfully, this, from a usda website:

              "Game species raised on farms under appropriate regulations can be sold. Wild game species that can be legally hunted under Federal or State regulatory authority cannot be sold but can be harvested for personal consumption."

              1. re: linus

                sorry for the addendum, but this topic has always interested me.
                this comes from a ranch in texas that sells wild game:

                Is it legal to sell meat from wild animals?
                Many people falsely believe that it is illegal to sell meat from wild (not farmed) animals. The correct assertion is that it is illegal to sell meat from any animal that has not passed inspection by a government meat inspector. However, the only way to harvest a wild animal in the field so that it can pass inspection is to take a government inspector out of the plant and into the field with you. Well, that's exactly what we do. "

                1. re: linus

                  In practice, you can sell as long as you have a USDA inspection certficate. You get a USDA inspection certificate by having the meat inspected. This includes having the lungs inspected and ensuring that the anus is sealed and removed before it leaks into the meat (thus tainting it, which every hunter knows). The only way to do this is either a) trap the game and take it, alive, to a plant or b) take the inspector with you, as you refer to below.

                  It is not common, but it is not non-existent either.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    o.k., i was wrong. it's not non existent. i think "not common" is an understatement, however.

        2. Well thank you but I'm going to need as much consistency as i can get, and preferably fresh, out the ability to order fresh, its for a food truck that I'm working on.

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          1. re: youngster

            Only stuff I have seen fresh are probably the oxtail and quail. It is rare to find game meats fresh.

            1. re: youngster

              Call Da-Le Ranch in Lake Elsinore and ask. If they don't have it, I'm sure they can point you.

              1. re: youngster

                For foodservice, try Broadleaf Game in Vernon. Newport Meats in Irvine might be another source.

                Don't know about fresh instead of frozen. Is that because you don't have freezer space? You might have a hard time meeting minimum orders w/o a freezer at your commissary.

              2. Yeah I'm surprised there isn't more fresh boar down around here

                1. Try Whole Foods in Tustin.