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Oct 31, 2013 11:23 AM

Grass Fed Beef tripe, tendon and other offal?

Anyone have a supplier? I spoke with Thousand Hills and they said they don't sell it(they do sell beef liver which has always been pretty bad, super ammonia taste).

I love my pho and make quite a bit of it at home. I'm able to score grass fed marrow bones but have no luck with the other good parts locally.

There is a farm in California that sells everything but it would cost a ton of money to get it here. Might have to just pony up for over $200 dollars worth and they offer free shipping.

Thanks a ton!

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  1. I don't believe I've ever seen grass-fed varieties of non-muscle cuts (except ground beef, of course). Maybe the best bet would be a butcher counter that carries grass-fed beef but can special order, like some of the indie butcher shops in town, or perhaps Lund's/Byerly's or Kowalksi's. If you're near St. Paul, Widmer's market might be worth a call, too.

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    1. re: steve_in_stpaul

      My next approach will be the Wedge. They do some minor butchering and I think they may be able to help...Thanks for the suggestions, much appreciated! I hear Clancey's in Linden Hills might be a good spot as well.

      I was really hoping to get it straight from the source and it still might be achievable with the right connections.

      thanks again!

      1. re: phokingood

        Send a message to Will at this email address.

        He works closely with a number of grassfed farmers.

          1. re: shoo bee doo

            I just sent a message. Thanks again!

          2. re: phokingood

            Clanceys is probably your best bet.

            1. re: getgot211

              Clancey's was a no go. They get their beef from thousand hills and Thousand Hills for whatever reason doesn't have the butchers process them. they stated in email that the butcher couldn't accommodate doing it and when I talked to the butcher they said it was thousand hills. Maybe I didn't understand them...who knows.

              I sent an inquiry to the Seward folks but haven't heard back yet.

              The other small farms tell me that its already spoken for, for dog food. Kind of hard to believe that all the grass fed beef available and I cannot find any tripe...etc

              1. re: phokingood

                I found the best Lamb I have had in the last 25 years on Craigslist. If you dare you might want to inquire there. It was processed at Augusta Meats in Wisconsin.

                1. re: ibew292

                  I actually posted on craigslist and the only response I got were from farmers wanting to sell me beef.

                  1. re: phokingood

                    I would email them and ask. I got kidneys, heart and sweetbreads by asking.

        1. Seward Co-op might be able to help...I haven't specifically looked, but I feel like I've seen tripe there before.

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          1. re: forgottendreamr

            Forgot about Seward. I haven't been there in awhile but will give them a call.


            1. re: phokingood

              No tripe at Seward. Tongue heart kidney and oxtail are all available from hill and vale (local, small, grain finished). Grass Run Farm limited to liver oxtail and marrow.

              1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

                Yup, I just got a response from seward...they can get tendon for me though!

                1. re: phokingood

                  The tendons are coming from whole carcass Hill and Vale beef and Lamb Shoppe lamb. I'm a butcher at Seward. Stop in and let me know how you'd like them cut. It's really a question of how much meat would you like left on the muscle end (if any).

                  1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

                    Sounds Great. What hours are you generally working?

          2. Try this place. I just read about them. They make deliveries every two weeks to the Twin Cities.


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            1. Hi,
              I too have been on the phone trying to find organic beef tripe and tendon for my receipt, to say frustrating would be an understatement. Have you been able to find local??? please reply anyone???

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              1. re: lisajlee

                Seward is your best bet. Talk to the butcher there and he should be able to help with tendon but I have no leads for tripe!

              2. What is the farm in CA that sells tendon?

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