by Mandy Major8 Things Your Butcher Wants to Tell You
You probably visit the meat counter every time you go to the grocery store, but have you ever wondered about what goes on behind it? To learn the tricks of the butchery trade, we spoke with butchers from grocery-store chains, gourmet supermarkets and specialty shops. Read on to get the inside scoop on freezing, preparing, shopping and saving money on meats so you can carve out some savings next time you hit the counter.
1. Unconventional cuts can save you money.
While you're probably most familiar with traditional cuts like filet mignon, porterhouse and rib eye, those high-end pieces will cost you; as an alternative, look to other cuts that are just as delicious but much more affordable. "Skirt steak is a fabulous piece of meat. It's super flavorful and economical," says JoAnn Witherell, culinary vice president at Allen Brothers steaks. "The tips of the tenderloin are also an excellent cut of meat. They're wonderful, and there's nothing wrong with it.