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Nov 18, 2012 08:07 AM

Beef Neck Bones in Boston area

Where can I get beef neck bones? They are fabulous for stock, tried butchers at Whole Foods and they say it can't be done... Any suggestions?

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  1. try mf dulock in somerville...whole animal butcher

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    1. re: Madrid

      thanks, that sounds great. I'll check them out!

    2. I've bought them at Market Basket in Somerville before. Agreed that they make a fabulous stock. Really intense. I'd call (maybe a couple of different locations) first, though. Not sure they are always in stock.

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      1. re: bear

        McKinnon's in Davis Square nearby has also started carrying them and I bought some last Sunday. Also available at ethnic butchers (Asian, some Latino).

        1. re: itaunas

          Good to know about McKinnon's, itaunas. Thanks.

          1. re: bear

            I'm not sure about beef neck bones but I buy a variety of bones at Mayflower and they are wonderfully accommodating folks. I buy long marrow bones for roasting which they cut in half for me and regular size ones for stock and to freeze for my giant Newfie who looks like a Neanderthal carrying one around. Worth asking them.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              oh wow, love the image. I'll add Mayflower to my stock making sources.

              1. re: Madrid

                I never think of Mayflower for meat bones, teezee. Good to know. They have big bags of chicken backs in the freezer off to the left as you enter. Very reasonable and they make a nice gelatinous broth.

                I tried to buy some beef bones for a pot roast broth at Whole Foods in Fresh Pond. The only bones they had were frozen marrow bones at $3.99/lb. It would have been over $5 just for bones with no meat! Needless to say, I passed.

                1. re: bear

                  I believe the bones at Mayflower cost between 1.49 and 1.99 a pound depending on what they have. I really appreciate that they'll cut the long bones for me as it makes them easy to roast - add a little brittany grey sea salt and it's hard to find something more yummy than roast marrow bones if you're a carnivore.

                  1. re: teezeetoo

                    Yum. I think I sense a treat for the holidays. Off topic for this board, but how long and at what temp?

                    1. re: bear

                      For the long bones split, 15 minutes at 450 oven, just a little sea salt - crusty bread, a bit of parsley and shallot salad with a lemon vinaigrette and you're good to go. Whole marrows (not split) roast standing up, 15 to 20 minutes depending on size, 450 oven.

                      1. re: teezeetoo

                        Thanks so much, teezee. Despite the fact that I just finished a yummy beefy meal at home, I'm drooling. I'm headed to Mayflower soon.

                        1. re: bear

                          Jut a friendly note to remind you to head over to the Home Cooking boards if the discussion continues - thanks!

                    2. re: teezeetoo

                      have gotten them on mondays at stop & shop and some days at market basket. soup bones will do the same thing.

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        Ditto - saw them at my local Stop and Shop this afternoon in N. Quincy.

            1. re: trufflehound

              saw them in the freezer at mckinnon's in davis square last week.

              1. re: wonderwoman

                was at Mayflower today to pick up my turkeys - beef neck bones, cow's feet, marrow bones long and cut wide as well, chicken backs, chicken necks, etc. and really nice ground lamb at the amazing price of 6.00 a pound (not to mention the super-fresh jumbo eggs) - in the freezer case, quail, rabbit, goose, capon, etc.

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  tz, i use veal bones as well as beef bones in my stock; have you seen veal bones around? do you not use shin bones too- (lots of colagen)? Thx for all this info btw. We're doing our usual smoked goose for Thksgiv,. and got ours at Mkt basket, but happy to know McK has it + quail and capon too!

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    opinionatedchef that is Mayflower Poultry which has the Capon and Quail. You can get Quail at McKinnon's frozen and Market Basket always has it along with Capon around holidays, but Mayflower is the best source for Capon. The beef neck bones are relatively new (I believe because of the interest in raw meat diets for pets), but they do have other beef items like shin, flap meat and carry some frozen game too.


                    The Veal bones tend to be a bit harder and probably the best thing would be some hounds getting together to buy a box, splitting and vacuum sealing them in smaller portions. A butcher that breaks down veal sides (Sulmona used to) might let you order some. However, its worth a call to Fresh Pond Supermarket on Huron in Cambridge and I have gotten them from the Everett McKinnon's (different management, similar specials, more veal and central american foods) probably around holidays so they could be worth a ring. Note that bone-in veal breast can be found inexpensively, in some cases similar in price to bones. I use that in broths, but you could bone and roll the breast, saving the bones.

                    1. re: itaunas

                      Several months ago I bought veal bones at Fresh Pond Market. They said they always have them in the freezer, so hopefully that's the case. I believe they were about $2.49/lb.

                      1. re: itaunas

                        thx much for catching my mis-attribution, and for that other info which i shall follow up on. veal breast idea an exc one too.

                2. re: trufflehound

                  what do you use cow feet for? bet they have alot of colagen.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    i use the feet for bone broth, which i eat/drink for natural mineral supplementation. i do use it for stocks too.

                3. got both neck bones and knees ("soup bones") at MB Woburn today- $1.35 lb. The big knee had been cut up into quarters!> sooo helpful for releasing the colagen. Also 'smoked pork hocks'.YAY! ! Thx much, CHs, for steering me here; just terrific!

                  1. Hannaford in Waltham,MA
                    They cut bone in chuck steaks.
                    You have to remove some of the neck bones in order to cut the chuck on the bandsaw. They usually save those bones and sell them for those interested.
                    They also have beef feet in their freezer.