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Central Massachusetts/ Pork Bellies

Medium-RareMedium-Rare Posts: 71
edited 11:38AM in EggHead Forum
Any of you folks know where I can find pork bellies in central Massachusetts. I would like to try some homemade bacon but I can't find any pork bellies. I checked with a few butchers in the area (very few to begin with)and they don't carry them. I'm looking for 5 or ten pounds just to try.

I live south of Worcester so northern Rhode Island would also work.

Thanks for all your help!

Comments

  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Paul: Try the Asian, or other ethnic markets. Do you have any "Roxies" near by? (I've been out of N.E. a while now...not even sure if Roxies still exists).
  • What is Roxies and where was it located when you were in Massachusetts? I don't know if there are any Asian markets in Worcester. I know there are plenty in Boston and I travel there every day. I was hoping to find a full service butcher closer to home.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,844
    Don't know if this is the same place, but they're in Quincy.

    http://www.roxiesofquincy.com/

    Worth a phone call anyway.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Le Oeuf VertLe Oeuf Vert Posts: 512
    Roxies in Quincy.
    http://www.roxiesofquincy.com/
  • Le Oeuf VertLe Oeuf Vert Posts: 512
    You win. :laugh:
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,844
    hahaha - I never win anything!! :laugh:

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Thanks! It's not exactly on the way home but I don't mind a detour.
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Med Rare: What part of Bean Town you going to every day? Is a T ride to China Town that out of the question? Grab a bowl of Pho for lunch, and hit the butcher!! :laugh:
  • Le Oeuf VertLe Oeuf Vert Posts: 512
    If you ever pass by Burlington stop at HMart to look around.
    http://www.hmart.com/
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Good job Carolina! That's the place I was thinking about! Thought they had more locations... (Maybe they did back in the 80's :blink: )
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,844
    Ya know, I'm about 15 miles from the Mass border and the only time I ever go there is when I'm on my bike. Really have to get up to Boston sometime.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • A T ride isn't out of the question. Just an interruption in the workday I'd rather avoid. It would be easier if I was on thee way home (driving). I'm out in South Boston on the Silver Line.

    I know there are a lot of Asian markets but quite honestly I've never been in one. I guess not knowing how often they turn the chicken (or ducks)hanging in the windows kind of bothers me. I don't know if the product is quality product or something they would pass off on an unsuspecting buyer. I would just prefer someone closer to home.
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Paul: I totally understand your concern, but I can also assure you, if they are operating in the State of Mass, it doesn't matter WHAT ethnicity of the market. They are ALL held to the same standards. I would guess that if you were to stand by an Asian Market window, those ducks and chickens would be replaced twice in an hour. I truly understand the concern, and respect it, though you ought not worry.

    Here are a couple links for Asian Markets in Worcester, proper....
    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&rlz=1R2SKPT_enUS399&source=hp&q=asian+markets+worcester+ma&rlz=1R2SKPT_enUS399&aq=0&aqi=g1g-v1&aql=&oq=Asian+Markets+worces&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=19a92025165ef437&biw=1260&bih=526

    Honestly...Your nose will tell you the MOMENT there is something not right! And again, they are still inspected by the same State Authorities as all other markets. "Do not be afraid"....lol
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    Except it's further from him than boston is
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    Blood farm in groton has farm fresh bellies. You should also consider asking your butcher. I get mine locally by just putting in an order. Couple days later and he has a carton of four or so. I buy two at a time
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    I thought Groton was an obscenity in Olde English? :S

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Jeff- where is your butcher?
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    Across the lake from you. Good old market basket! They can get anything.
    Ask for the manager, Brian. Tell him 'the bacon guy' sent you
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    What town are you in or near?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • FWIW- I would recommend checking out the Butcher & The Baker (Butcher shop) in Reading on Haven St. I've also heard it referred to as the "Olde Redding Butcher Shop" That's where I got my Standing Rib Roast for Easter.
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    Another Worcester Egger! Welcome aboard.
  • Whitinsville. Did you say I could actually get them at Market Basket?
  • I'll give them a shot.

    Thankis again!
  • I'll give them a shot. Thanks again!
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    market basket has a central distribution chain. they can get just about anything fairly quickly, because they carry a lot of ethnic foods at many of their stores.

    ask the manager of the meat department (not really a 'butcher', true), and he'll call in the order for you. he'll get a case (large cardboard carton with four or five bone-in bellies).

    tell him you want boneless pork bellies, whole, for making bacon. they'll be about 5 to 7 pounds. he will order the bone in, but will cut off the spare ribs for you if you are clear that you want bonelss, and you want them as thick as possible.

    these aren't eco-friendly-free-range-green-granola bellies, they'll be factory, but they are damn good, certainly better than buying injected brined bacon
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • That's good to know. I have a Market Basket about 15 minutes away over in Oxford> Thanks again for the direction.
  • PattyOPattyO Posts: 883
    Look for a smokehouse or meat cutter in your area. I found them here in Podunk, PA.
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