Know Your Butcher

23 May

Today was grocery shopping day. Part of this includes going to my local butcher. His name is Mark. This is him looking a bit like a Scary Butcher for the camera today:

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Despite this photo, he really is a wise butcher. I haven’t bought meat from The Supermarket for many months. You can’t beat the personal touch a butcher provides. Mark knows exactly the best way to cook each cut, no matter what my budget is. His daughter also works there, and she once recommended I rub anchovies all over lamb before roasting. You really wouldn’t get that kind of advice at The Supermarket. Everything is of the highest quality, it’s all sourced locally, and has no preservatives added. I asked Mark today for some information and reasons for buying meat in a sustainable fashion – for the wallet and the planet. He suggested the following:

  • If you’re on a budget, use casserole cuts or mince to really stretch out the dish – use whatever leftovers you have in your fridge.
  • By shopping at your local butcher, your meat has probably traveled less, and you’re putting money directly back into your local economy (it’s surprising how much of our supermarket meat comes from overseas – for Kiwis, that means Australia. Also in New Zealand, many of our supermarkets are not Kiwi-owned).
  • Butchers wrap your meat without any unnecessary packaging or labels.
  • You can control portion size easily at your butcher – not so easy when everything is pre-packaged at The Supermarket.

It’s also a myth that butchers are more expensive. Yes, they can’t compete with the extreme specials that The Supermarket can have, but most other products can be very competitively priced.

Make a trip to the butcher a regular part of your shopping trip, especially if it’s next door to a vege shop.

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2 Responses to “Know Your Butcher”

  1. therookieallotmenteers May 23, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I wish our butchers looked this hilariously manic in the UK !

    • sustainabilitywench May 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      He’s in a rock band too – which somehow makes trip to the butcher even cooler!

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