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Old 06-23-2005, 07:01 PM   #11
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I buy most of my beef on the hoof. My wife was raised on a farm, so we have some good contacts. The beef we buy has no additives with the possible exception of antibiotics, and they are administered only if actually needed. Otherwise it's from 100% natural yearling herefords, and every bit as good as the best Angus I've seen, better than most supermarket premium Angus. I occasionally buy ribeye steak at Sam's Club... best price and excellent meat, and there are never enough good steaks in a beef side or quarter to last as long as the off cuts do.

As for the rest, pork and chicken I get in the supermarket.
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Old 06-23-2005, 07:10 PM   #12
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Trenton Farmers Market...
always fresh and they home make pork roll
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Old 06-23-2005, 08:57 PM   #13
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I shop mainly at OBriens and Costco, plus a butcher shop..Just depends on what I want at any given time.

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Old 06-23-2005, 09:15 PM   #14
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Im not that bad off... my grocery market sells low to medium quality meats besides some specialties. Often I will buy a whole pork shoulder or smoked ham shoulder (99c a pound either one) and cheap ground beef or so on there and butcher it myself.

If I ever need anything special (like goat) or very pretty steaks Meatland is just one more block worth of walking and totally worth it.
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Old 06-23-2005, 10:21 PM   #15
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It all depends on what want sometiimes i go to the meat market and sometimes i go to the supermarket.
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Old 06-23-2005, 10:38 PM   #16
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For many things the local grocery is fine. For specialty items I head to a real butcher. If I am near a Whole Foods I stock up...that store is a dream come true. The quality and freshness is not duplicated by any other "super"market I know. Just entering their produce dept is enough to make me a vegetarian. But then I get to their fish and meat counters and it is almost as if I were in a small specialty shop; not quite but almost. And then the great cheeses! Luckily it's not around the corner or I'd be in trouble. While their prices are higher, there is no waste from spoilage or damage.
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Old 06-23-2005, 10:46 PM   #17
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Robo410 : I miss whole foods. It's still really close to my house (a 20 minute trolley ride at most) but not nearly as easy as the short walk to the local stop in shop. As you said, the meat's there are REALLY hard to beat and while their vegetable selection is not THAT big, it collects almost everything you wont find at normal grocery stores.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:58 PM   #18
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Costco - Aidell's sausages, tri-tip, chicken breasts, smoked salmon, pork roasts, pork chops, etc.

local supermarket - ground beef, sausage, Italian sausage, bacon, etc.

Trader Joe's - shrimp (cooked and raw), scallops,
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:20 AM   #19
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This really falls into that "it depends" gray area ... I look at the grade of the meat, and at the meat itself, and go from there - it really depends on what I'm making. I do have a butcher that I will use if I'm looking for something special - special meat like bison or a special cut - but normally I just buy the best deal from the local supermarket.
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Old 06-24-2005, 11:10 AM   #20
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There is a small gorcery store right down the street from my house that has a real meat department, with real butchers on duty, day and night. All the meats, in a variety of cuts, are displayed individually in the display case and you can pick and choose whichever piece(es) you want, you can ask for custom trimming, special cuts, or place special orders (I ordered my Christmas prime rib there, 3 bones, ribs 4, 5, and 6), plus, the butchers will sharpen your kitchen knives, gratis!
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