Ham Hocks - where did they go?
Used to be I could go into just about any grocery store here in the GTA and be able to get a smoked ham hock - I believe made by Brandt's. Just the right thing for a pot of beans. A smoked turkey leg, also by Brandt's worked well too, and was easy to find. With the weather turning nasty tomorrow, I thought I'd make a pot of bean soup. A search of stores (Loblaws, Queen/Portland, Nofrills; Parliament/Spruce; Metro, Church/Gould, and Loblaws MLG) turned up nothing! I ended up with a small slab of toucinho from the NF's. Good, but not the same. The MLG Loblaws had smoked turkey thighs, but at $16 for a not very big piece, I said no thanks.
Any sightings, fellow CH'ers?
You may be able to find them at Sausage Partners in Leslieville and most likely at the Saturday St. Lawrence market.
Fortino's (Lawrence & Allen) for sure, as I walked by the deli section fridge containing them the other evening.
Some Asian stores carry a supply of Brandt's, so T&T Cherry may have them.
St.Lawrence Market has pork specialties, north and south sides.
Some of the stores you are hitting are too small, but a large NF should carry Brandt's unless there has been a problem.
I had trouble recently finding these @ supermarkets. Got some berkshire hocks at St. Lawrence Market and spotted one (frozen) smoked hock at Fresh From the Farm on Donlands - though you can order from them. Both were expensive.