Wednesday, November 09, 2011
How many times have you bought meat from the grocery store, opened it up and got disgusted by the smell or by the way it looks.
What's up with the beef when the outside looks nice and red and the inside is gray and looks like it's been cooked.
I must say I've returned my share of meat back to the store.This has caused me to decrease my consumption of meat, which is healthier, but I still want quality meat.
Yes, I could go to a specialty store like Whole Foods and purchase high quality meat, but the prices are very high and I'd have to drive a long distance to get there.
My experience with most meat stores is not a good one. The smell, the whole set up just turns me off. So I don't go to them.
My DH used to buy fresh chickens from a store when we lived in North Jersey. You know those stores you go to and the chickens are walking around free until somebody comes in and singles one out. Then a man wearing a dirty white coat comes over and rings the poor things neck. Ugggggghhhhh!
The meat is fresh, but once I sink my teeth into it, the scenario is plays in my head and I can't bring myself to swallow.
Now, don't get me wrong, I like meat. I just want it fresh and free of chemicals and I don't want to be witness to it's last day on earth. I'm conflicted - I know.
Yesterday I decided to try a local meat store. I was expecting to gag when I walked in, but there was no foul odor - in fact the aroma was inviting. It was like a small grocery store and deli. I liked it.
So I told the butcher I'd never purchased meat from a meat store. He was friendly, he explained some things to me, and answered my questions.
I bought a couple of pounds of ground round, got it home and was happy to see that the insides were as red and healthy as the outside, It had no odor and the price was reasonable. I divided it up for six future meals.
I'll let you know how it tastes tomorrow. We're having tacos tonight.