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Apr 27, 2013 12:42 PM

Where can I buy chicken skin by itself?

Any ideas? I live in Hayward, but am willing to travel a bit, if necessary.

Obviously, I can buy whole chickens or chicken parts, but that's not an affordable way to get the skins by themselves, which I intend to grill (as I enjoyed recently in a Japanese restaurant).

Since skinless chicken is so popular nowadays, there must be quite a bit of skin that is removed before the skinless chicken parts are sold—what happens to that skin?

I've tried a bunch of local markets, including Asian supermarkets, as well as standalone butchers, and so far, no luck.

If anyone knows of a poultry processing plant in Bay Area (preferably the East Bay), perhaps they could help me out. I know Petaluma is the place to be for chicken—the drive is an hour from Hayward, which I'd rather not do, but perhaps I will if that's the only option.

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  1. No poultry processing that I know of in the East Bay. You might try emailing some processors and asking -- maybe they can ship it to you.

    Very little goes to waste in those plants. All the leftover bits get rendered and/or ground up and used in things like petfood.

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    1. Two years back Ver Brugge in Rockridge sold me chicken skin for an outrageous price. I rendered it, so I can't recall if the pieces were appropriate for your needs. Do a search for schmaltz--- I'm sure this has been asked before.

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      1. re: hyperbowler

        Thanks. I just searched for schmaltz, and I'm already getting some suggestions about where to buy chicken skins.

        1. re: Civil Bear

          Thanks. I assume you're referring to the retail store at the Ferry Building, yes? Any idea on the price? If not, no big deal—I can call them to ask.

          1. re: damian

            I know they have it a their wholesale location on 7th, but it also shows up on their retail product list. It will like require a special order.

            1. re: Civil Bear

              Ah, thanks. I see it now. Do you know if you have to be a caterer or restauranteur to buy from their wholesale location?

              1. re: damian

                No, but you will need to set up an account. The folks there are very friendly and twice as busy.

                1. re: Civil Bear

                  Great. Thanks. I'll look into it.

        2. You need a poultry specialty shop that breaks down the chicken on site. Consider calling Magnani's Poultry in North Berkeley on Hopkins near Monterey Market:

          I used to get free chicken bones decades ago. Don't know about chicken skin. They might save it for you by pre-arrangement.

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          1. re: Stephanie Wong

            Thanks. Good suggestion. It's too bad I no longer live in Berkeley, but perhaps I'll check them out next time I'm in the area!

            1. re: Stephanie Wong

              FYI, the last time I was @ Magnani, bones no longer free w/ purchase. Understandable on their part, but one always misses a freebie. Never asked for skin.

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