If you are a meat lover and have an intense desire for saving money, we bring you the solution. Since we noticed the economy is not actually friendly anymore, we brought together a know-how that came straight from the butcher’s mouth.
When thinking about meat, most people seem to believe that tenderness is what gives the meat its quality. However, what we should actually concentrate on is the flavour, which generally comes from the fats that are around and in the muscle tissue. The flavour that is actually PART of the muscle tissue exists for two reasons: old age and activity. Tenderness, on the other hand, exists because of two different reasons: younger age and confinement. It’s obvious which one plays the leading role in our meat industry. Animals are artificially made to grow faster, reaching market weight but losing flavour in the meantime. You end up paying more for tenderness and less for flavour. Learn how to choose your meat and spend less money.
Saving Money on Meat
- Eat More Vegetables and Less Meat
Yes, we know this is not what you signed up for. However, if you eat more meat than your body asks for, you will end up risking your health. The recommended way of saving money and protecting your health is by replacing some of the meat with vegetables. For example, if a portion size is 170g, choose 110g instead, and fill the rest of the plate with veggies.
- Skip Tenderloin and Avoid Middle Meats
The meat that goes along the spine from the fifth rib towards the pelvis is called the middle meat. These are the most expensive, and at the same time less tastier cuts. The meat just outside that area will be tastier and less expensive. The same applies for tenderloin.
- Saving Money with Whole Animals
If you purchase the whole animal, you are cutting the costs of processing/cutting the meat, with the bright side that you also know where the meat came from. Poultry or rabbits can be bought whole while larger animals can be bought half or quarter sized.
- Buy Meat from Older Animals
There’s a myth saying that old meat doesn’t taste as good as young meat, but that’s actually the opposite. Old meat holds more flavour. If you DO manage to find a place that sells meat from older animals, be sure that the product quality provided can be much better and at a more affordable price.
- Trust Your Butcher
Sometimes, it’s the butcher that can offer you the cheaper alternatives with better results. While some recipes have suggested meats to use, many others don’t only have one option. Talk to your butcher and ask what they recommend out of the cheaper cuts, considering your cooking level as well.
Learn your meats and you will experience a better flavour in your meals. The less processed it is, the cheaper it will be. Learn what to avoid and start saving money.