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Mar 2, 2013 10:23 PM

Berkshire Pork

Anyone know if Berkshire pork is available in the city? There was a segment on Semaine Vert that showed some farmers that raise them but are they the only ones?

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  1. What is special about this kind of pork?

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      1. re: williej

        Berkshire chop on left. "Other white meat" on right.

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        1. I saw some at Cool & Simple last time I was there (3-4 months ago). It is frozen and according to their website it is local. I cannot remember the prices.

          1. If you can't find it in Montreal try Gaspor Pork on sale at Le Latini.It has to be the best pork I've ever tasted.

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            1. re: finefoodie55

              Thanks Virgile, if they carry Wagyu too it's probably the same farmer I saw on TV that breeds Berkshire too.

              Finefoodie, yes want to pick up some of Gaspor's too, have had it in restos and been meaning to buy some from Latini. Do they always have stock or do you have to place an order?

              St Vincent carries Viandes de Charlevoix pork (via du Breton) which is also quite good and well marbled, it's a mix breed but not Berkshire.

              1. re: JerkPork

                I went to the Monkland location of Cool & SImple looking for Berkshire Pork but they didn't have any, the person working that day didn't even know what I was talking about. I did pick up some Wagyu Beef though, ground beef and rib steak. I still have the steak in the freezer but made some burgers with the ground and let me tell you that was the most tender burger I've ever had. They cooked really quickly on the BBQ, I think I had them on for only about 6-7 minutes and they got past medium. I was looking to keep some red in the middle but they got away on me but were still really tender, juicy and flavourful.

                I'll try to get to the Wellington location in the near future.

                1. re: JerkPork

                  I was at the Wellington one yesterday and they had a few cuts of Berkshire. I saw some tenderloin (55$/kg), a few chops (35$/kg , I think), some ground meat, and shoulder (18$/kg).

                  I got the only package of shoulder, sort of a thick slice with a nice 1-1.5in fat cap.

                  They had slightly more choices for the Wagyu but I didn't get any.

            2. Chien fumant had Berkshire pork chop on the menu last week. Don't know if it's still there though.