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Old 07-01-2005, 06:00 PM   #21
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Humm ... I know that Central Market doesn't carry only USDA prime grade meats - so I talked to one of the butchers while I was there a little while ago. They carry both Choice and Prime (no Select - I thought he was going to call security to escort me out of the store when I asked about it) - choice is about $5/lb cheaper ... but $25/lb still isn't cheap!

So, I called my favorite butcher who works for a WalMart Superstore (my son) and checked on what they have. A full beef tenderloin is about 10-lbs and runs about $9.50/lb. But, they also have 1/2 tenderloins (from the small end - the end you cut tournedos, filet mignons and tip from) that are about $35. Call and ask what they have .... ButcherBoy said not all stores carry the same selection - but they can special order things for you from the distribution center if they don't carry what you want.

Another thing I was thinking about, and ButcherBoy brought up, look in the meat department where they have the packaged meats - specifically look for tenderloins in cryovac packages. These will be either Choice or Select grades (read the label).

One last thought, knowing San Antonio and my area, look for a grocery store in a predominately Hispanic or lower income area ... they will generally carry Select grades.

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Old 07-02-2005, 02:08 AM   #22
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$35 a POUND? even at the best butchers in town around here it doesn't top $14/lb., and actually right now it's on sale for $8.99/lb. at a store that sells very high quality meats.
i'm gonna go get a roast tomorrow. the butcher was already gone by the time i got to the meat counter tonite.

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