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Old 03-29-2012, 10:22 AM   #31
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well, we are not starving, but I do end up using chicken a lot
We eat a lot of turkey...pork, and venison. Not starving here, either, if the tightness of my jeans is any indication!
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:51 AM   #32
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well, we are not starving, but I do end up using chicken a lot
I think of chicken as expensive. I can get boneless chunks of beef or pork for the same price per lb as whole chicken. Yes, I want the bones for stock, but I don't like to pay as much for bones as for boneless meat.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:52 AM   #33
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Beautiful article, thanks Bolas. They're having a BAD time down there, indeed. Hope we'll find a way out of this bl**y mess of a crisis. Times are hard in Italy, too, but certainly not so hard as in Greece. And being jobless it's very challenging when it comes to build your menu...
However, here the beef costs from about 10 euros to 20 euros for 1 kg (about 30 to 60 USD /lb., if my math is right). Turkey, pork and chicken are usually cheaper. Now you can understand why we are great pasta eaters...
According to Google: 10 (Euros / kg) = 6.01917075 US$ / pound

I think you doubled where you were supposed to divide by two.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:14 AM   #34
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According to Google: 10 (Euros / kg) = 6.01917075 US$ / pound

I think you doubled where you were supposed to divide by two.
Thats right, about $6.00/lb on the lower end to $12.00/lb at the higher end, on average, depending on exchange rate fluctuations.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #35
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I would like to know where the variety of roasts have gone. Most stores only carry a couple of cuts. Maybe a cross rib, rib, sirloin tip. I guess they market them in smaller cuts to charge more? Or, maybe people just aren't buying roasts any more.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:57 AM   #36
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...Or, maybe people just aren't buying roasts any more.
I think that's true. With fewer stay-at-home types these days, most people are looking for quick, convenient meals. Roasts don't really fit into that category. Growing up, my mother and grandmother used to make a lot of roasts. Maybe one every other week. I don't think it's something that families do much of anymore. Speaking for my own family, we may only have a couple of roasts a year outside of holidays or special occasions.
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I would like to know where the variety of roasts have gone. Most stores only carry a couple of cuts. Maybe a cross rib, rib, sirloin tip. I guess they market them in smaller cuts to charge more? Or, maybe people just aren't buying roasts any more.

Stores probably focus on cuts that sell best/have the best mark-ups.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:59 AM   #38
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Good Afternoon,

Truly good post --- current events ... crisis ... economics ... with a food slant ...

Earlier I had posted Sale prices, however I buy my meat at the Main Central Market where I have my butcher, my fish monger, and my pountry monger ... NOT the Supermarket ... very rarely ...

In Madrid, the norm for ground beef is always 5.99 Euros a kilo ... and I have to make my Bolognese tomato sauce, my lasagne and my meatloaf and meatballs ...

And I do not wish to forget the Stuffed Bell Peppers !

Thanks to the starter of this post and all the contributors.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:12 PM   #39
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Stores probably focus on cuts that sell best/have the best mark-ups.
Sure. But I wonder what they are doing with these cuts. You can only make so many kababs. Maybe they are grinding it up and that is why gr beef is so expensive and you have 4 different grades now.
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Just for fun, I converted Margi's prices in Spain over to US dollars per pound. Interesting comparison. Overall, it appears prices tend to run a little lower in Spain than here in the US. Fish and rabbit are much less expensive (I pay $7.50/lb. for rabbit and $11.95/lb for salt cod).

Boneless steak called Entrecôtè (a French cut) = $7.79/lb (as near as I can tell, this is the cut we call a ribeye in the US)
Veal Cutlets = $4.35/lb
Prime Beef Stew ( not chuck ) = $3.92/lb
Lamb chops = $4.18/lb
Pork cutlets = $3.60/lb
Pork Tenderlion ( log shape ) = $4.23/lb
Pork Chops = $3.02/lb
Rabbit = $2.73/lb
Turkey breasts = $4.20/lb
Chicken thigh - leg combination = $1.20/lb
Ground Beef = $3.62/lb

FISH: ( note: fish is much cheaper in Spain )

Fresh Cod fish = $4.18/lb
Salt Cod = $3.56/lb
Swordfish = $5.99/lb
Fresh Gilthead or Gilt Bream = $1.69 a whole fish
Large Prawns ( steady price except during Christmas ) = $4.80/lb
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