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Where can I buy chicken skin by itself?

damian Apr 27, 2013 12:42 PM

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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    sundeck sue Apr 29, 2013 09:51 AM

    I'd check w/ T&S Market on 9th St. in Oakland Chinatown--wholesale/retail poultry store. Great poultry and great prices. And the folks who run it are super nice and accommodating.

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      damian Apr 29, 2013 10:00 AM

      Thank you so much. I'll check them out!

    2. Stephanie Wong Apr 27, 2013 05:30 PM

      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: http://magnanis.com/

      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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        damian Apr 28, 2013 09:20 PM

        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!

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          sundeck sue Apr 29, 2013 09:54 AM

          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.

        2. Civil Bear Apr 27, 2013 03:19 PM

          Golden Gate Meat Co. sells chicken skin.


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            damian Apr 28, 2013 09:20 PM

            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.

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              Civil Bear Apr 28, 2013 09:35 PM

              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.

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                damian Apr 28, 2013 09:37 PM

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

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                  Civil Bear Apr 29, 2013 06:05 PM

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

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                    damian Apr 29, 2013 06:24 PM

                    Great. Thanks. I'll look into it.

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            hyperbowler Apr 27, 2013 02:56 PM

            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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              damian Apr 28, 2013 09:29 PM

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

            2. Ruth Lafler Apr 27, 2013 02:30 PM

              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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                damian Apr 28, 2013 09:16 PM

                Thanks. I'll check around!

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