Now, not everyone is going to walk into a market or grocery store and spot someone from their past that is now a butcher. But, if you're willing to shop around, your gut will tell you who you should make an alliance with. Once your gut has pointed you in the right direction, get to know your butcher - trust me, only good things can come of it.
If your butcher knows their stuff, they can help you with the following:
- They will tell you the best way to cook a particular cut of meat. i.e braising, roasting, grilling, microwaving (hahaha... just joking), pan frying, etc. For how long and at what temperature.
- They can suggest the amount of meat you may need for a particular event, such as, how much meat you will need to feed a street party bbq.
- If you're always buying a particular cut of meat for a recipe, they can suggest how another cut may take your recipe up a notch or even take less out of your wallet.
- Advice on how to store your cuts of meat and for how long.
- Great cooking tips and recipes that have been passed down in their family. These are worth gold!
- Great deals and let you know what's the freshest or best tasting on that particular day.
- They'll even get your order ready in advance if you're short on time.
Here are some pics of me at my butchers. I've had a great relationship with them over the years and I even worked for them to learn more about meat and butchering. To this day, I go there whenever I need some inspiration and need to get out of the house (I know, some people go shopping for shoes, I go to hang out with my butchersJ). My favourite part is hanging out and helping customers with their cooking dilemmas.
FIGURE 1 ORLANDO GETTING READY FOR MAKE FRIED QUAILS FOR LUNCH - OMG THEY WERE SO TASTY, LIKE LITTLE CHICKEN WINGS
FIGURE 2 ORLANDO TEACHING JERRY HOW TO CUT VEAL CHOPS
FIGURE 3 SKLAR GETTING THE MEAT READY FOR THE MEATBALLS
FIGURE 4 CHATTING WITH JERRY WHILE HE CUTS BRISKET