Choosing and Buying Meat

Choosing Meat

If you're really serious about buying good quality, tasty meat, the best place to go shopping is your local butcher - especially if they raise their own stock or sell organic meat. Meat from butchers shops tend to be hung until it has reached its full potential flavour and juiciness, and then it is butchered with skill and finesse. You will also be able to buy a wider range of meat, as the butcher will be able to offer you some of the lesser-known cuts, along with advice on how to cook them. Although prices may be higher, you will probably find that there is little in the way of unwanted fat, gristle and bones, which will make cooking easier and the results far tastier.

However, if you're shopping for meat at the supermarket, you will need to develop your own expertise; many of the trays of meat can look remarkably similar, and there is often no-one to ask for guidance. In this section, we offer some advice on how to choose the best quality and type of meat for your cooking.

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