Sources of affordable beef bones for stock [DTW]
I was reading the Home Cooking board and got a hankering to make a good beef stock for soup. And then, oy vey, I went to E Mart/H Mart (why does it have 2 names?) to look at oxtails. I'd found a Pho recipe that called for 6 lbs of oxtails or bones. The E oxtails were nearly $7 pound - I'm not up for a $40 batch of stock. Especially when pork neck bones to make a good pork stock cost less than $5. Even more shocking - Wholefoods' paltry stock of oxtails was $1/lb cheaper than the ethic market! That is never supposed to happen!
How do all of you get around the (to me) unbelievable current prices for short ribs and oxtails and source stock bones? I'm thinking that Gratiot Central Market's beef vendors are worth a look for pricing on this. Or I just live with chicken and pork and veg stocks.
Thank you for confirming that a $20-$40 pot of stock is ridiculous. I ended up getting 1 oxtail and 1 short rib from WF, and combining with a piece of shank in my freezer for onion soup stock. For a small batch (for 2 people) this works, and the short rib and oxtail yielded a teeny bit of meat - nowhere near enough to justify $7/lb and gold plated meat stock.
I'm going to go see if the (allegedly mobbed up, if you believe the gutter press) wholesalers have better prices. Betcha they do.
Don't know specifically about prices/availabilty for oxtail, but check Carnival Market in Pontiac...they have had some ridiculously cheap meat prices on things like that in the past.
But I think you are right about trying Gratiot Central Market or some of the wholesalers around Eastern Market
If you're in the area, you might stop in at the Asian Supermarket on Telegraph at Joy Road (southwest corner).
When I stopped in there, there had beef bones in plastic bags and oxtails for sale.
I didn't check the prices so I can't comment on that.
Here's a previous post of mine on the market:
I was just at Hiller's Market (in Commerce) and checked.
They have beef neck bones for $1.99 / pound.
Ox tails were $5.99 / pound.
One more place to try--I bought oxtails at Meijers that had the discount tag on them...apparently they aren't big sellers so I frequently see them marked down. With the discount, I think they ended up being about $4 a pound.
I don't buy meat at Meijers very often but this price was too good to pass up.