How To Find A Local Butcher And What To Ask Them
According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, there are somewhere around 913,246 total cattle and calf operations in the U.S. Each one of them supplying butchers and groceries with meat bundles and packages. Lately, however, there has been a growing interest in the ability to buy meat online, something that was not possible before.
One of the main reasons for this is because of better refrigeration options, and a growing availability of the technology to do so. There are many butcher shops and grocers that can contact farms and ranches for their meats, and online meat sales are slowly growing.
But if you’re still looking to buy meat in bulk and in person, then an old-fashion butchers shop could be for you.
There are many reasons that you should get your meat packages and meat bundles from your location butcher, especially one that you trust. They have locally sourced meats from farmers in your area and community, benefitting your local businesses rather than a large factory farm. This appeals to many because it helps build a sense of helping the “little guy.”
How Do You Find A Good Butcher?
A more old-fashioned butcher in your area might not be using the internet and social media to advertise services in your local area, so you might have to try some older methods of locating them.
The next time you’re at a farmer’s market or festival or similar, ask the vendors which butchers that they would recommend. Call to the nearest dining restaurant and ask them where they get their meats, and if they’re local. A lot of finer restaurants will rely on local suppliers, and you might be able to get the name from them.
You can also turn to reputable caterers or personal chefs about where they get their best meats from, and a Yellow Pages might also be able to help you. Even looking in the phone book, or just asking friends and family what they know can be beneficial.
Ask The Butcher Questions
Once you’ve found your local butcher, ask them about their products. Where their meats come from, if they do the cutting themselves, what they know about their meats. Just ask them a few, simple, questions to determine if they’re the right one for you.
Hopefully, you’ll get the best cuts of meat for your next dinner by doing this, and can maybe create a good relationship with your local butcher shop. You never know when you’ll need a good pound of beef or need meat bundles for a party feast.