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Where do you get your offal?

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I think I would like to try incorporating more organ meat into my family's diet. They sell chicken livers at Ralph's and ranch mart has hearts I'm pretty sure... But I'd also like to find high-quality (grass fed maybe?) organs if possible. Does anyone have a source they love?

I used to be able to schmooze with butchers at the store and get hooked up with all sorts of goodies but lately they all seem irritated to be bothered, clueless, and overall unhelpful.

Would also love to hear what kind of organ meat you prefer. :)

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  1. The Asian markets in SGV and Mexican carniceria should all have various cuts of offal. Also check farmers markets with stalls that sell meat.

    I don't get out to SGV or carnicerias much, and while I love eating offal (see my username) the rest of my family doesn't, so I don't cook it much, but when I do I usually get simple stuff like chicken livers and hearts and gizzards from Nijiya, which has good quality chicken offal.

    1. If you're looking for grass-fed offal cuts, then your best bets are either Belcampo (at GCM) or Lindy & Grundy, and maybe McCall's as well but not sure. Expect to pay a premium at all three locations.

      If you're willing to buy stuff that the regular hoi polloi will settle for, your best bets are hispanic carnicerias or Chinese markets (e.g. Ranch 99, 168, Hawai'i, etc.), as TheO mentions up above.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Hoi polloi?

        I am a proud member and resent the implication that we do not have discerning tastes.

        ;)

        1. re: Gypsy Jan

          Only a select few among us enjoy the taste of grass.

          Everyone else, me included, outgrew chewing grass when flicking boogers from nose picking stopped being an action sport.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            But then again, I ate the dandelion greens growing in my schoolyard (as I think back, it may have been sprayed with DDT) and gave the bologna sandwich with processed yellow cheese on Wonder bread in my lunch box away to others.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I think I just want to try it, to see if I like it. I have read there are health reasons to eat it regularly, but I really can't afford to so for now its more of a recon mission.

              1. re: iheartcooking

                Swing on by my place iheartcooking.

                I just got about 5 lbs of pork bung and about to leave town for several days.

                You haven't been truly offal-ed until you've played tongue hockey with a good strand of pork bung.

                As one of my ex's used to say, "pork bung is like trailer park white-trash calamari."

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  http://thisamericanlife.org/radio-arc...

                  1. re: TheOffalo

                    That was a great episode!

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    I can't tell if you're joking, but if that's something you an actually eat and want to give me then I hope you have a recipe to go with it! Sounds dreadful but what do I know?

                    1. re: iheartcooking

                      Pork bung is a delicacy.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        In that case sign me up!

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  But not chewing ass

            2. Check in with "A Cut Above" in Santa Monica. I haven't gotten offal there yet but they are a serious butcher shop.

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              1. re: ArchibaldDrinks

                This would also be my recommendation. They seem much more committed to offering variety meats than even McCalls (though it's been a little while since I've been to McCalls and things may have changed).

                1. re: cacio e pepe

                  Thanks, that sounds worth a day trip to SM :-)