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ISO Turkey Tails (yes, just tails)

Help. My family has developed an unhealthy obsession with turkey tails. There was only one last Thanksgiving and, of course, several people wanted it. So now, nothing will do but to have a Christmas turkey festooned with as many turkey tails as possible.

I've phoned Safeway (several), Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods in San Mateo. No turkey tails. Marina Market says they can get me a case of 30 frozen lbs, but that's at least 20 lbs too many for me.

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  1. My Latino market in Reno carries them. Check the Mission perhaps.

    1. In the last couple of years I've bought turkey tails packaged by Foster Farms at Lucky's (in Oakland). Come to think of it, that store serves a Latino neighborhood, so maybe c oliver is on to something.

      1. OT but I've read (here maybe?) about deep fried turkey tails!

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        1. re: c oliver

          I've been buying them and roasting them a day or two before Thanksgiving to have extra drippings for gravy. Since they're mostly fat, if you slow roast them all the fat will render out leaving you with turkey tail chicharrones.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Ooh, now that sounds nasty...and I mean that in the best possible way. Heading to the Latino market tomorrow :)

            1. re: c oliver

              c oliver,
              You certainly have the right idea. (And I mean that in the best possible way!)
              All chicharrones are great -- just some are more great than others.

              1. re: Tripeler

                Our Latino market has, in their prepared food area, chicharrones (with lots of meat attached) in salsa verde. Sooo good.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Thanks for the information. I have never heard of chicharrones with meat attached (pure fat attached, yes), but this sounds really good. I will look around the Mission next time I am in SF, but may have to make the trip to Reno.
                  Meat attached -- gee, I wonder what kind of beer would go with that?

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    COME TO RENO!!!!!!! My email's in my profile :) I'd not heard of it before either. They obviously fry it (and the meat is probably 25-50% of the chicharrone) and then put it in a pan and pour the salsa verde over. The fat/skin part becomes melt in your mouth tender. Tecate! for me as I'm a beer wimp.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      After reading your description, I would say that ANY beer would go with that. Likely I can find something similar in SF, or attempt to make it myself.

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        Chavez market sells meaty chicaronnes but not sauced, but the sell a couple of salsas

                        Chavez is a Bay Area supermarket chain

                    2. re: Tripeler

                      La Palma in the Mission gives you a choice between more or less meat on the chicharrones.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/30572

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Thanks, Melanie. If anyone would come through quickly, it would be you.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          Here's a picture I snapped today. Just the plain ones, not with the salsa verde. When the braces comes off my teeth in another couple of months, I'll be having one of these :)

                          Also bought a pack of turkey tails :)

                           
              2. re: c oliver

                Thanks for all the suggestions, I shall burn the phone lines in hopes of finding those tails!

                1. re: c oliver

                  There's a place in The Columbus Flea Market(near Trenton, NJ) that specializes in Deep Fried and Rotisserie Turkey Tails.....Believe it or not, there is always a line for them.

                  https://www.facebook.com/Homeofthejojo

                2. FoodsCo in Redwood City had them a week or so ago. I will be over that way tomorrow & will check for you. How many Pkgs/lbs would you like?

                  They are a major guilty pleasure for me too!

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                  1. re: RWCFoodie

                    I'm guessing we can eat more turkey tails by weight than turkey :-). But 15 lbs may be on the high side. . . Say, 5 to 10 lbs? Say the word and I shall be there posthaste!

                    Thank you!

                  2. I bought turkey tails last year at Andronico's on Shattuck. I would guess that Magnani Poultry would have some. If you want to buy already roasted ones, try Brennan's in Berkeley.

                    There is nothing unhealthy about being obsessed with the last part that goes over the fence.

                    1. I remember seeing packages of turkey tails at the Novato Safeway (the one on Diablo) about a week ago.

                      1. The 'Pope's Nose' is what we used to call them.

                        Is that no longer PC?

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                        1. re: Mission

                          It was probably never politically correct and now that our pope is from Argentina, which isn't know for large noses, it doesn't even mean anything :)

                          1. re: c oliver

                            I believe he is of Italian descent.

                            1. re: wally

                              You're right. Still makes the expression non-PC :)

                              1. re: wally

                                I think over half the population of Argentina is of Italian descent.

                                But I am not sure about Argentina Turner and her pal Bolivia Newton John.

                          2. Saw smoked turkey tails at FoodCo in San Francisco.

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                            1. re: caryjones

                              yes, I saw the smoked turkey tails at Foods Co
                              345 Williams Ave
                              San Francisco, CA 94124
                              Phone number (415) 330-1870

                            2. The ban on turkey tails (just the tails..) was lifted this year in Samoa... http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013...

                              1. Go to Hawaii. They're considered a delicacy there. Sold in all supermarkets, except maybe the mainland chain stores. Have to admit I managed to live there 25 years without ever seeing anybody eat one. Which is just fine with me.

                                1. Some of the Safeways carry them here in Oakland; not always available but quite often (I use turkey necks for stock, so I'm always looking in that section). One of the butchers can order them for you. Especially plentiful after Txgiving, not surprisingly!

                                  1. A big thank you to everyone who responded. You guys are better than Google!

                                    I went to Foods Co., as suggested by RWCFoodie, and snagged the last four trays. It looks like they sell lots of turkey tails because RWCFoodie said they had 2 cartons of the stuff that morning--usually 30 lbs per carton--and they were all gone by 7 pm. New stock was due the next day.