36 Butcher's Suggestions For Cutting Meat Bills

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Butcher's Suggestions For Cutting Meat Bills:

1. Buy a good cookbook. Familiarize yourself with

cheaper meat cuts.

2. Have at least one meatless day each week - serve


3. Trade budget-stretching meat recipes with friends,

neighbors, relatives.

4. Avoid expensive canned and frozen "convenience"


5. Watch ads & stock up on genuine meat bargains. Keep

your freezer full.

6. Buy meats in economy "family-packs" when possible.

Divide and freeze for specific uses.

7. Stretch hamburger meat by adding bread crumbs,

chopped onion, egg and seasonings. Shape into patties and


8. Buy beef by the "half" or "quarter". Have it

professionally cut and store in your freezer. Sell or

trade excess with your neighbors.

9. To avoid excessive shrinkage and waste, cook

long-cooking meat over low or moderate heat or in 325

degree oven.

10. Use a meat thermometer to determine doneness. This

prevents overcooking, shrinkage and drying out of meat.

11. Well trimmed meat weights less, costs less. Shop

around and find the markets that do the best trimming job.

12. Extend meat loaf and other ground-beef dishes with

mixed vegetables, mashed white or sweet potatoes, rice or


13. Reduce amount of meat in such recipes as stews,

casseroles, chili and spaghetti sauce. Increase sauce and


14. For freshest meats, shop early on days when stores

are busy - generally mid to end of week. Avoid mornings

after long weekends.

15. Stir-frying stretches meat and it's fast too. To cut

into thinnest slices, partially freeze the meat. Use

round and flank steaks.

16. Use "chunky" style soups over potatoes or pasta in

place of meat.

17. Substitute small bone chuck steak for sirloin or top

round. Sprinkle with meat tenderizer before broiling or


18. Rush purchased meat to refrigerator or freezer to

avoid spoilage.

19. To avoid wasting hamburger, freeze as patties instead

of as a chunk.

20. Save tough rinds from ham, bacon or hocks. Tuck into

potato, rice or noodle casseroles & bake for meaty flavor.

Discard before serving.

21. Unless you want the bone for soup, a boneless ham

usually costs less.

22. Save & freeze all meat bones and trimmings. Use in

soups and stews.

23. Buy large cuts of meat (chuck & pork roasts; thick

steaks & ham), when on sale and cut up for a variety of


24. Marinate, tenderize or braise less tender cuts of

meat before cooking.

25. Try less expensive "organ" meats: liver, heart,

brains, kidney, tripe.

26. Buy luncheon meats unsliced in a chunk. Slice them

yourself & save.

27. Buy bacon ends in economy sizes; divide and freeze.

Cook, then combine with scrambled eggs - much cheaper than

perfectly sliced bacon.

28. Get acquainted with your market's meat cutter. He

can alert you to unadvertised specials and give you good

cooking and saving tips.

29. Slice roasts and ham thin. Two thin slices look like

more on the place than one thick one.

30. You require less ground-meat mixture per serving if

you use it to stuff tomatoes, green peppers, cabbage

leaves and any type of squashes.

31. To avoid "freezer burn", which dries out and toughens

meat, rewrap all market-packaged meats in airtight freezer


32. Save cooking liquid from New England boiled dinner,

smoked pork shoulder or brisket. Use for lentil, pea,

potato or barley soup.

33. Save all scraps of meat leftovers. Then grind or

chop them & mix with salad dressing, relish, celery &

onion for sandwich spreads and dips.

34. Make gravy from drippings. Serve on biscuits, toast,

pasta, rice, etc.

35. Dice cooked meat leftovers, mix with barbecue sauce &

serve in buns.

36. Save on "outdated" meats, but freeze or serve as soon

as possible.


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