Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Minneapolis-St. Paul >
Jun 21, 2012 07:51 PM

Sweetbreads - Where to buy to home cook?

Looking to try and cook sweetbread for myself. Anyone know where to buy in The Cities?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. You could try a real butcher shop or maybe the counter at a Lund's/Byerly's or Kowalski's (I know L/B has stuff you can order that's not on ice). Depending on where you live, maybe even a place like Dragon Star market (on Dale in St. Paul); they sell all kinds of organ meats and "lesser-known" cuts (pig's ears, beef testicles, etc.). I'd call first, though, if it's a major trip for you.

    1. The only place I have found with out ordering them is Clancys and they required a whole lot of trimming. I did not think they were a bargain and resigned myself to ordering them someplace else or eating them a a restaurant. Good Luck and I hope this post brings many places we can get them..

      1 Reply
      1. re: ibew292

        I could have sworn I had started a thread about this a year or so ago, but can't seem to find it.

        Anyway, Lund's and Byerly's do not carry or order them, and I have never seen them at any Asian markets. Same for Everett's Meats.

      2. I have a package from Forster's sitting in my fridge right now.

        6 Replies
        1. re: kuan

          Where are they located now( Forster's)? Do they have a retail space?

          1. re: ibew292

            Holy **** I can't find them on the web. I will drive by Plymouth location and check.

            1. re: kuan

              Thanks I've been looking for good Sweetbreads for a couple of years. When they said they would order them they wanted to sell me 5 lbs.

              1. re: ibew292

                Drove by there today and they were gone. I didn't even know. I used to drive by there every day but since we moved I haven't been back there in years. Sorry to give you false hope. :( I'm a little sad too.

                1. re: kuan

                  You could also try a kosher butcher shop/or grocery.
                  Did u watch Masterchef last nite-they made sweetbreads
                  my mother used to make the fried with onions along with beef liver.

                  1. re: kuan

                    How long has that package been in your fridge? They've been closed a few years.

          2. Clancys. I have bought sweetbreads many times from them. Kristin now generaly has some in the freezer and can always order them. Lamb or Veal. And it is so worth supporting this wonderful shop.

            1 Reply
            1. re: stpaulbreadman

              The last ones I got there had to be cleaned and lost about 40% due to cleaning. You can have them a Victory 44 already made for you at about the same price per pound. Sorry Clancys, unless they have changed their supplier are way overpriced.

            2. Just stopped at Clancy's and while they only had the expensive veal kind, they told me they do sometimes get lamb in, which are half the price of veal.

              1 Reply
              1. re: emh1701

                and half the size. There is so little meat on those lamb sweetbreads I usually skip them