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game meat in orange county

youngster May 7, 2012 08:29 PM

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

  1. Servorg May 8, 2012 02:15 PM

    A little farther out (if you skydive - or want to learn - you could make a day of it along with getting your game meat): http://exoticmeatmarket.com/info.html

    1. ocshooter May 8, 2012 02:15 PM

      Try Whole Foods in Tustin.

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        youngster May 7, 2012 11:03 PM

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

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          youngster May 7, 2012 10:51 PM

          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
            A5 KOBE May 7, 2012 10:53 PM

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

            1. re: youngster
              Das Ubergeek May 8, 2012 10:15 AM

              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
                Professor Salt May 8, 2012 07:48 PM

                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.

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                OCSteve May 7, 2012 10:33 PM

                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
                  Das Ubergeek May 8, 2012 10:15 AM

                  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
                    linus May 8, 2012 03:15 PM

                    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
                      Das Ubergeek May 8, 2012 04:29 PM

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

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                        linus May 8, 2012 05:39 PM

                        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."

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                          linus May 8, 2012 05:49 PM

                          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
                            Das Ubergeek May 8, 2012 09:23 PM

                            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
                              linus May 9, 2012 05:27 AM

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

                  2. A5 KOBE May 7, 2012 09:13 PM

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

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