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Is the liver and ox bones at Asian markets organic?

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Created May 12, 2011 at 2:30 AM

Ive seen them at 99 Ranch but hesitate to buy it as I dont know how it is raised and neither do the people who work at the store. If it is conventionally raised then wouldnt all the bad stuff we associate with this be concentrated in the liver? Perhaps sheep or lamb's organs are okay to buy if they are from Australia or NZ as they raise their animals on grass?

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on May 12, 2011
at 05:03 PM

I agree with Thomas and that's why I don't buy most items there. That being said there are some jewels to be found but it does take some combing over. I saw some aloe vera juice at the store that said in big letters on the front "no added sugar." I looked at the small print on the label and it had both high fructose corn syrup and honey. Guess they meant no added cane sugar.

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on May 12, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Asian markets ARE cheap in every sense of the word. Be careful.

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:03 PM

In my area (Washington DC suburbs), Asian markets are a great source for unusual items and they are cheap. The main thing I look for is turnover -- are the items going through the store quickly, is it busy, and what are the regulars buying. The quality and value tend to be way higher than the supermarkets. The stores in my area tend to be very inexpensive so I would not think that the meats are organic though.

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on May 12, 2011
at 06:36 AM

It is a chain, Im actually in California. Hawaii is beautiful, Im jealous...

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They carry lamb from Australia; lamb from Australia is grass fed and organic.

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on May 12, 2011
at 12:57 PM

One way to infer the quality of their meat is to look at the quality of everything else in the store. Asian markets around the Midwest where I live sell foods that make SAD look HAPPY, so I can't imagine the owners putting too much effort into sourcing quality meat. Definitely not conclusive, but it's probably a reasonable indicator.

Not all the bad bits from feed will concentrate in the liver, but yes, many will.

If you really want to be sure about the food quality, ask the butcher manager at the store where he sources the meat, then call the farms and ask the farmers directly. It's usually a quick and easy process, and the farmers or their reps are more than happy to talk about it.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:03 PM

In my area (Washington DC suburbs), Asian markets are a great source for unusual items and they are cheap. The main thing I look for is turnover -- are the items going through the store quickly, is it busy, and what are the regulars buying. The quality and value tend to be way higher than the supermarkets. The stores in my area tend to be very inexpensive so I would not think that the meats are organic though.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:03 PM

I agree with Thomas and that's why I don't buy most items there. That being said there are some jewels to be found but it does take some combing over. I saw some aloe vera juice at the store that said in big letters on the front "no added sugar." I looked at the small print on the label and it had both high fructose corn syrup and honey. Guess they meant no added cane sugar.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Asian markets ARE cheap in every sense of the word. Be careful.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 12, 2011
at 03:31 AM

I am assuming that you mean Ranch 99 and I doubt anything there is organic. If you go to their deli section you will sometimes find free range chicken (or at least they say it's free range). However, even that is full of MSG.

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on May 12, 2011
at 04:02 AM

They carry lamb from Australia; lamb from Australia is grass fed and organic.

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on May 12, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Do you live in Hawaii by chance? We have a 99 ranch here, I don't know if it's a chain. Or the answer to your question.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on May 12, 2011
at 06:36 AM

It is a chain, Im actually in California. Hawaii is beautiful, Im jealous...

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