Where's the Steak ?

  • Webster666

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    Jun 16, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    I never see T-Bone or Sirloin or Porterhouse steaks for sale, anymore.
    Nor do I see 7-Bone roasts.

    What gives ?
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jun 17, 2013 1:43 AM GMT
    I get meat for "free" from the freezers at my grandparents farm. I can take as much steak and ground beef as I want.
    I've notice Costco is a great place for buying meat. Costco is a great place for a lot of things.
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    Jun 17, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidI get meat for "free" from the freezers at my grandparents farm. I can take as much steak and ground beef as I want.
    I've notice Costco is a great place for buying meat. Costco is a great place for a lot of things.


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    Jun 17, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    Noticed the demise of regular butcher shops. They've been absorbed into big-box stores.

    Is it strange that Costco beef seems safer than grocery store beef?
  • LJay

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    Jun 17, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    It really isn't a matter of safer. We just like the steaks at Costco because they are cut well. Roommate and I would rather split a nice thick boneless rib than have thin grocery store cuts that cook so quickly you can't get a rare center.

    At least locally, I see that Costco sells a lot of Swift meat, which is what I grew up on in the Midwest. Their prices are reasonable and if you wrap the meat well in Glad Press-n-Seal wrap it freezes well.

    Webster, I think one reason you do not see the meats you are looking for is that they are so expensive that a lot of people just can't buy them these days and so the cuts are broken down to sell in other forms.

    EDIT TO ADD: Lord, what a pleasure to even contemplate a three inch thick sirloin properly broiled. That happened once, long ago, in the Florida beef country hear Lake Thonotosassa. I still pine for it.
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    Jun 17, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    LJay saidWebster, I think one reason you do not see the meats you are looking for is that they are so expensive that a lot of people just can't buy them these days and so the cuts are broken down to sell in other forms.


    This^^ Stores don't want the meat going bad from sitting on the shelf.

    There are still regional preferences I run into. some areas of the country just don't move Tri-Tip, so they don't keep it on the shelf. But, if you can slow-cook a chunk of that... Wow.
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    Jun 17, 2013 11:55 AM GMT
    Crappy butchering drives me nuts. I'm hardcore about buying only grass-fed beef, which is more expensive, and the commercially packaged brands are generally cut too thin. Thankfully, New Pioneer Co-Op in Iowa City buys primal cuts and does their own butchering, with nice thick NY strips and ribeyes.
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    Jun 17, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    paradox saidCrappy butchering drives me nuts. I'm hardcore about buying only grass-fed beef, which is more expensive, and the commercially packaged brands are generally cut too thin. Thankfully, New Pioneer Co-Op in Iowa City buys primal cuts and does their own butchering, with nice thick NY strips and ribeyes.


    I would LOVE to find a local source for grass-fed beef. Our local butcher shop near our farm doesn't carry it, not enough demand. At least one local grocery chain in town has started to carry it but it's vacu-packed and imported from Australia, which seems a bit much - and not that good based on my limited tasting.

    I agree that Costo has better meat than the chain supermarkets.
  • in_this_corne...

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    Jun 17, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    What am I missing? The meat section of the grocery store I go to is amazing, and the quality is top notch.

    Then, if I want something even better, there is always the Whole Foods which is like a meat lover's orgasm. Also we have a couple smaller scale local novelty stores with very high quality meats.

    I'm always trying to find little things that set Milwaukee apart from other places (because I swear it is one of the most underrated cities out there) and I guess quality meat selection is another one. icon_smile.gif

    I've never even checked out the meat department at Costco. Though my parents buy all their meat there.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 17, 2013 8:06 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidI get meat for "free" from the freezers at my grandparents farm. I can take as much steak and ground beef as I want.
    I've notice Costco is a great place for buying meat. Costco is a great place for a lot of things.



    Yes.
    When I was a kid, my grandparents had a farm. They always had the best beef.
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    Jun 18, 2013 1:24 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidHave some tofu instead....


    Eeeg.

    Not that tofu when done right with other ingredient can't be made to taste well, but in my opinion, it pales in comparison with the hearty taste of a rare steak.

    And all of that is rubbish anyway, when compared to choice Wagyū from Hyōgo Prefecture.

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    Jun 18, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    NY Strip seems to be quite popular at the moment. I've seen it on a lot of menus around town lately.
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    Jun 18, 2013 2:10 AM GMT
    in_this_corner saidWhat am I missing? The meat section of the grocery store I go to is amazing, and the quality is top notch.

    Then, if I want something even better, there is always the Whole Foods which is like a meat lover's orgasm. Also we have a couple smaller scale local novelty stores with very high quality meats.

    I'm always trying to find little things that set Milwaukee apart from other places (because I swear it is one of the most underrated cities out there) and I guess quality meat selection is another one. icon_smile.gif

    I've never even checked out the meat department at Costco. Though my parents buy all their meat there.



    I may have to start buying meat at Whole Foods... The Pick'n'Save I go to is just so-so in selection.

    Add spices to the list of products Milwaukee excels with - we have both The Spice House (one of my fav places) and Penzeys, both of which most people have to order online to get. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 18, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    chefBH saidNY Strip seems to be quite popular at the moment. I've seen it on a lot of menus around town lately.


    That's so surprising.
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    Jun 18, 2013 5:17 PM GMT
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    chefBH saidNY Strip seems to be quite popular at the moment. I've seen it on a lot of menus around town lately.


    That's so surprising.

    Rib-eye seems to be the trendy cut nowadays.



    Hmmmm, really?
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    Jun 18, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    I read some press releases earlier this year that claimed that the names of all the steaks were "officially" changing. Some scheme to start charging higher prices for the same old stuff. Haven't really noticed any "new" steaks in the stores, but haven't really looked either.

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