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Whole Ostrich needed. I am looking to find one to cook.

JB BANNISTER May 22, 2012 05:25 PM

Any idea how much $$$ and where I can get one? I have an idea. It worked for the cow, llama, goats, lambs, elk and pigs.

Thanks for the help.

  1. pikawicca May 24, 2012 06:45 PM

    Ostrich is fairly difficult to cook well, as it's so lean. Can't imagine that cooking a whole one would yield a good result. Had a fantastic ostrich steak at a restaurant in Jackson Hole a few years back -- the flavor was incredible. Maybe a good idea would be to break down a whole bird, put portions with seasonings in foil packs, and cook, buried on hot rocks, for a shorter period of time.

    1. tcamp May 24, 2012 07:07 AM

      I used to see ostriches (or maybe emus?) in a pasture along I-95 in NC and always wondered (abstractedly) about how they'd taste. Very curious to hear how you end up preparing yours - spatchcocked ostrich, perhaps?

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      1. re: tcamp
        JB BANNISTER May 24, 2012 06:35 PM

        I found "a guy" said I could get a male for around $1000 maybe I should shoot for an Emu. I am not sure. We had a discussion tonight that we might want to do a 2.5 in Oct of this year. I paid a grand for 3 pigs (1 large,1 med and 1 small), 4 goats and 3 lambs.

      2. carolinadawg May 24, 2012 04:10 AM

        He likes to eat. Animals. Many people do.

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          JB BANNISTER May 24, 2012 06:03 AM


        2. John E. May 23, 2012 09:38 PM

          Do an internet search of BOVINOVA 2.0 and you will find the answer to your question.

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          1. re: John E.
            jujuthomas May 24, 2012 10:16 AM

            oh my gosh, if there's a BOVINOVA 3.0, I'm there!

            1. re: jujuthomas
              JB BANNISTER Mar 7, 2013 05:49 AM

              Settling on EMUs. Much cheaper

            2. re: John E.
              NE_Wombat Mar 7, 2013 09:03 AM

              They're eating some green alligators and long-necked geese -
              Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees -
              Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born -
              The tastiest of them all was the unicorn.

            3. John E. May 23, 2012 07:15 PM

              I thought BOVINOVA was last Saturday, May 19, 2012? What are you cooking up now?

              By the way, google B & B Ostrich Farm, Waseca, Minnesota. I bet they could help you find an ostrich farmer in South Carolina. Shipping would kill you if you got one from Minnesota. Also, try the SC Department of Ag. I bet they have a "South Carolina Grown" division where they have lists of specialty farmers.

              Ok, I'm editing and researching on the fly....

              South Carolina
              Aces Ostrich Farm
              LLC, Rt. 3 Box 466
              Walterboro, SC 29488

              Tidesmeet Ostrich Farm, Inc.
              5033 Trexler Ave.
              Meggett, SC 29449

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              1. re: John E.
                JB BANNISTER May 24, 2012 06:03 AM

                Thanks John. Great idea! Chowhound need a "like" button.

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                jennymoon May 22, 2012 06:49 PM

                Savenor's Market (in Boston/Cambridge) has a lot of exotic meats. There is a list on their website, which does not include ostrich, but I could swear that I've seen ostrich cuts in the store before.
                They ship across the US and if they don't sell ostrich, may be able to direct you somewhere else. The butchers have a friendly reputation.

                1. t
                  Tom34 May 22, 2012 06:40 PM

                  Google "Swedesboro Prime Meats & Seafood" (Located in Philadelphia) The owner is Steve McDonnell who is a master butcher and still deals in hanging meat. His site should come up which lists Ostrich as well as just about everything else. Steve is a great guy and will help you if he can.

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