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Old 11-18-2010, 11:19 AM   #31
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Tax its about 30 to 40% cheaper than buying the premium grades in a quality supermarket, that includes a discount for buying the piece I butcher it at home.The meat is reared and sold within 30 miles of the abattoir, the animals are not left in a field for days smelling the blood and hearing the noises of other beasts being slaughtered. That makes a big difference to the quality of the meat and to me.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:33 AM   #32
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Tax its about 30 to 40% cheaper than buying the premium grades in a quality supermarket, that includes a discount for buying the piece I butcher it at home.The meat is reared and sold within 30 miles of the abattoir, the animals are not left in a field for days smelling the blood and hearing the noises of other beasts being slaughtered. That makes a big difference to the quality of the meat and to me.
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The meat I got was probably slaughtered within 10 - 30 km of where it was reared, but about 100 km from where I live. Hmmm, that was in Ontario. Maybe I should try to find a farm store in Ontario, well, I really should look even closer to home, here in Quebec first.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:48 AM   #33
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Tax, you should try to find a butcher near a supermarket meat packing factory that buys the off cuts.
I buy from mine fillet steak tails for 9.00 for three pounds, the supply is intermittent so I buy 12 lbs at a time. I foodsaver pack in 1lbs and freeze.
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:27 AM   #34
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Thanks for the tip.

I'm still working on trying to find a meat packing factory in my area. Google isn't being really helpful. I just keep finding butcher shops and places that package prepared meat or non-meat food.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:05 PM   #35
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Thanks for the tip.

I'm still working on trying to find a meat packing factory in my area. Google isn't being really helpful. I just keep finding butcher shops and places that package prepared meat or non-meat food.

You may be wasting your time. Meat packers won't sell to you.

However, have you tried going to a butcher and asking them to order specific items for you? Just because they don't stock an item doesn't mean they can't get it for you.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:16 PM   #36
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You may be wasting your time. Meat packers won't sell to you.

However, have you tried going to a butcher and asking them to order specific items for you? Just because they don't stock an item doesn't mean they can't get it for you.
Andy, the idea was to find a butcher near the meat packer, but if I can't find the meat packer...

I'm not really looking for special cuts, just a way to get them cheaper. Around here the butcher shops tend to be more expensive than the grocery stores. I could ask at one grocery store where there is a "real butcher section". I can talk to the butchers. I have special ordered capon there in the past, but they don't know how much something will cost until they get it
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:32 PM   #37
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Andy, the idea was to find a butcher near the meat packer, but if I can't find the meat packer...

I'm not really looking for special cuts, just a way to get them cheaper. Around here the butcher shops tend to be more expensive than the grocery stores. I could ask at one grocery store where there is a "real butcher section". I can talk to the butchers. I have special ordered capon there in the past, but they don't know how much something will cost until they get it
I don't think you are going to find cheaper at a meat market (butcher shop). If you can find a true butcher, rare these days, you will find quality, and you will be able to get the exact cut you want, but the cost is going to be at least as high, probably higher. The best price/quality ratio I have found is at Costco. I don't know about other membership stores, but assume they would be about equal. The trade off is that you will be buying large quantities, and you are on your own with choosing.

If you buy subprimals in Cryovac, you can age it yourself. Choose an unbroken package, and leave in the refrigerator for a few weeks. You will also pay 10-20% less for the meat than if the store sells it cut.
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I don't think you are going to find cheaper at a meat market (butcher shop). If you can find a true butcher, rare these days, you will find quality, and you will be able to get the exact cut you want, but the cost is going to be at least as high, probably higher. The best price/quality ratio I have found is at Costco. I don't know about other membership stores, but assume they would be about equal. The trade off is that you will be buying large quantities, and you are on your own with choosing.
That would be my experience too. The only membership store around here seems to be Costco and I buy most of my meat there. We eat a lot of pork loin

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If you buy subprimals in Cryovac, you can age it yourself. Choose an unbroken package, and leave in the refrigerator for a few weeks. You will also pay 10-20% less for the meat than if the store sells it cut.
When you write "Cryovac" do you mean the plastic wrap that was obviously done at a factory? The thick stuff that has seams melted into the sides or ends?
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When you write "Cryovac" do you mean the plastic wrap that was obviously done at a factory? The thick stuff that has seams melted into the sides or ends?
Yes, that is exactly what he is talking about. I buy that, pork, when we make tamales!
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Cryovac is a trade name for the commercial version of the food saver vacuum pump. The meat is packaged in a shrinkable bag, the air drawn out, and the package is sealed and shrunk with heat. As long as the seal is intact, the meat will age without spoiling up to about 60 days from the date of packaging. The box is stamped with dae of packing. If it is not available, assume a week or two. If the seal breaks, aside from a mess in your refrigerator, the meat spoils in the same time as any other packaging.
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