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Where to Get Beef Parts?

toastedjam Sep 21, 2012 06:55 PM

I'm looking for grass fed beef tendons and grass fed osso bucco, either locally or online. Does anyone know anyplace that sells them? I've tried asian markets, which I'm guessing aren't selling grass-fed, and I've had to use them in a pinch, but they don't consistently carry it every time I need them. I know Marin Sun Farms has them, but they unfortunately don't have an online shop, and I live a distance from SF or Berkeley. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

  1. Robert Lauriston Sep 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    Estancia beef is grass-fed. Places that sell their meat might be able to get you tendon or shanks by special order:


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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Robert Lauriston Sep 23, 2012 01:43 PM

      Places that sell Marin Sun Farms' stuff are another possibility. Are you in the South Bay or what?

      Bianchini’s Market, Portola Valley (650) 851-4391 http://www.bianchinismarket.com/
      Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto http://www.countrysun.com
      El Salchichero, Santa Cruz, (831) 423-6328 http://www.elsalchichero.com/
      Milk Pail, Mountain View http://www.milkpail.com/


    2. Tripeler Sep 22, 2012 08:06 PM

      Sorry, but the title of this post leaves the question in my mind;
      "what's the matter, did your cow break down?"

      Certainly there must be a better expression than "beef parts."

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      1. re: Tripeler
        toastedjam Sep 23, 2012 12:34 PM

        Ha, seems that way now that I re-read it. Can I blame it on low blood sugar? I was hungry when I posted this.

      2. Robert Lauriston Sep 22, 2012 11:41 AM

        Prather Ranch is at a few farmers markets around the area. They could probably get you shank and tendon with advance notice.


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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          toastedjam Sep 23, 2012 12:22 PM

          I've tried Prather Ranch. Unfortunately, both times I contacted them in advance for shanks and osso bucco, I've showed up at the farmer's markets with their reply of "Sorry, we don't have any" despite having asked beforehand to pick them up at the specific market.

        2. Ruth Lafler Sep 21, 2012 08:28 PM

          Where ARE you near? Any place that carries grass-fed beef should be able to special order anything your need for you.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            toastedjam Sep 23, 2012 12:43 PM

            Is it weird for Whole Foods employees to say that it's an unpopular cut and so they can't do special orders for grass fed tendons and grass fed shanks?

          2. paulj Sep 21, 2012 07:21 PM

            OK, I"m not in SF, but I've found beef tendon and beef shank, both bone in 'steaks' and deboned 'banana' shank, consistently at 99Ranch (not that I buy them all the time). I imagine both get used a lot in beet stock such as for pho.

            As you say, they probably aren't grass fed, but those are the kind of cuts where I suspect feed doesn't matter much (not like a steak) - at least not in terms of taste.

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              toastedjam Sep 23, 2012 12:41 PM

              Yeah, especially tendons. They all just taste gelatinous. I have to avoid these whenever I have friends and family coming over. They hover and go on long speeches about grass fed beef. If I can find an easily accessible way to get these cuts, it would make meals more bearable. Does this ever happen to anyone else?

            2. wolfe Sep 21, 2012 07:12 PM

              Are you near ant of these Marin Sun Farms supplied stores?


              How's this for osso bucco?

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                toastedjam Sep 23, 2012 12:29 PM

                Not anywhere near the Marin Sun stores. Still looking for a place that sells them on a more flexible schedule. I've tried CSA options before, and had to cancel my subscriptions since most times I couldn't make the scheduled drop off days. But thank you for suggesting realfoodbayarea. For now, it seems to be the only option to order osso bucco and then pick them up at their drop-off locations in the south bay whenever possible.

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