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To ask how you determine the quality of the meat you by?

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FoxesRevenge Sun 09-Feb-14 19:50:11

Inspired by the meat washing thread.

A few people refer to 'decent' and 'good quality' meat. How do you determine what this and why? Do you judge the quality by price, where you purchase it, what it says on the packaging etc?

FoxesRevenge Sun 09-Feb-14 19:50:57

Title should have said meat you buy. (Blaming the wine)

scantilymad Sun 09-Feb-14 20:32:31

I only buy meat very very rarely. I get beef and chicken from local farm shop and butchers as has dates of slaughter etc and location of breeding (local). You pay a premium but confident of provenance. I don't eat it myself but do sometimes cook for those that do.

I think meat is one of the things you get what you pay for.

SPsMrLoverManSHABBA Sun 09-Feb-14 20:33:29

It's good if I don't get poorly after eating it. That's how I judge grin

Nancy66 Sun 09-Feb-14 20:35:03

I buy organic chicken because I think you can taste the difference to the cheap stuff that's just pumped full of water.

Red meat I don't really have a clue - I just look at it and pick something that looks ok

Annunziata Sun 09-Feb-14 20:35:24

The colour and the fat on it. A lot of people think fat is bad, but it's not, it's where the flavour comes from. You want to see enough thin white lines of fat but not thick lines, that will make it tough. It should be mostly the one colour and nice and bright.

A good butchershop is a diamond, ask locally.

KiwiBanana Sun 09-Feb-14 20:38:42

I go by taste mostly. Massive difference between the rump steak at tescos and the rump steak from our local farm shop. Plus you can actually see the cows at the farm, they look so big and tasty!

iklboo Sun 09-Feb-14 20:40:12

I'm a butcher's daughter. My dad taught me all he knows.

Owllady Sun 09-Feb-14 20:42:27

Farm assured labels

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 09-Feb-14 20:43:41

We buy ours from a farm shop that sells its own meat.

JammieCodger Sun 09-Feb-14 20:44:00

I buy from suppliers I trust. I know their meat is good quality because of the look of it, the texture and the taste, and if I'm not happy with it I don't go back. I'm lucky enough to have the choice of five local butchers: two are good, two are fantastic, and unfortunately they've spoiled me for pre-packed supermarket meat. Even the top supermarket ranges don't have the same flavour and are far more expensive.

And I never wash it.

It is interesting. It is experience .

A few weeks ago I bought a big piece of pork for roasting. ( cheap cut). Halfway through the roasting about half a pint or more of water had come out, so Had to drain the roast. Meat was stringy.

This week I bought the same cut, but it was organic free range, local. It oozed zero water. It was tastier and just better.

It is like cheap bacon: masses of water oozes out and you are left with teeny bits.

Real ( unadulturated) bacon just goes crispy, not wet.

Iwannalaylikethisforever Sun 09-Feb-14 20:51:46

I disagree somewhat with getting what you pay for.
It depends largely on how you cook it.
I make oxtail stew today for dh and I plus our 5 children, it was delicious, every bit was eaten.

WitchWay Sun 09-Feb-14 20:53:57

I buy most of my meat from a couple of local butchers. It is definitely superior in texture & flavour to supermarket meat, and a little cheaper.

Beanymonster Sun 09-Feb-14 20:58:15

I would love love love to go to my local butchers/ fishmongers, but money means we can only afford 'less than 20% fat' mince and asda value chicken, but treated the right way you can still get some decent flavour..

we spend our birthday and Christmas money from parents at the butchers, we are like kids in a sweet shop!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 09-Feb-14 21:01:03

I buy from the supermarket. I don't buy value meat as its pumped full of water. If I do a roast I like a happy chicken.

I don't have a local farm shop or butchers.

jacks365 Sun 09-Feb-14 21:06:11

I have a good local butcher in a shop and another butcher on the local market both can tell you exactly where the meat is from and prepare meat to order. I do know another butcher on the market sells what I'd class as sub standard meat and I wouldn't touch it.

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 09-Feb-14 21:06:40

I chat to the cows before I decide what one is going to get deaded

Annunziata Sun 09-Feb-14 21:08:09

I chat to the cows before I decide what one is going to get deaded


Sparklymommy Sun 09-Feb-14 21:46:39

Jab ands a butcher. He gets the meat!

TalkinPeace Sun 09-Feb-14 21:51:47


I only buy fresh meat from Waitrose or my local butcher
my local butcher has the postcodes of all his supplier farms in the shop

LovelyJubblies Sun 09-Feb-14 21:52:13

I buy any cut there is.
I Only ever buy organic or free range if its really reduced in price.
The onlything I do buy percifically is 5% fat or less steak mince because im on Slimming World.

dingalong Sun 09-Feb-14 22:02:07

I buy from my local butcher - who is as cheap as tesco. They are cheaper (but great quality) as they cut a lot of the meat to order and they dont do meat in sauces, stuffed etc.. Meat is from local farmers (including friends). They are spotlessly clean too.

Supermarkets are often more expensive than butchers, meat is wrapped in clingfilm which I think makes it sweaty looking.

Meat is minced in front of me. Legs of lamb, racks etc cut as I am there - they also ask what you're using it for (and throw in some advice) - they hate over cooked meat. A good butcher is a great thing.

Bogeyface Sun 09-Feb-14 22:04:40

Can I afford it?

Yes? Ok, that'll do.

Oldraver Sun 09-Feb-14 22:42:59

I used to buy from a local farm that looked after its animals well and they were open to you looking at the conditions and where the animals were kept. I turned up one day to see two calves in the barn and couldn't help asking when they would be ready. The meat only travelled a few miles to the abbatoir and back and was butchered by the farmer. There is lot to be said for good butchering rather than production line factory stuff. Sadly that place has now shut, but we have a couple of local butchers who source their meat locally, one butcher gets his meat from family farms.

The meat does taste better than that from the supermarket, but like lot of families we buy a mix of meat from the supermarket and butche.r

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