12 reasons to visit your Butcher

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Here are 12 reasons to visit your Butcher

1. Full Traceability – a good butcher will know where his meat comes from and have a relationship with the farmer who supplies it.
2. Something special – a butcher can offer you something bespoke. Not keen on turkey? He can prepare a stunning rib roast instead. He’s not preparing for a mass market, he’s there to serve you.
3. Made to order – He’ll prepare cuts of meats to your requirements and mince meat to the quantity you specify.
4. Just for you – He will order special things, given a bit of notice; game in season, an ox tongue, a goose, pig’s trotters or organic meat.
5. Sausages – a good butcher makes a variety of his own sausages, from chipolatas, pigs in blankets to Cumberland, Lincolnshire, or Irish Breakfast. Often produced to well-guarded family recipe, and using quality ingredients, butchers sausages beat supermarket sausages hands down – and your butcher can tell you exactly what has gone into them.
6. A good butcher makes a selection of the following (or stocks examples made by local artisan producers) – bacon, black pudding, faggots, pork pies and pasties, pates.
7. Cooking tips – forget Delia, a good butcher will know how long to cook any roast or bird he sells.
8. Advice – he will advise you on the right cuts for particular dishes, and point you to where cheap cuts shine.
9. A warm welcome – a butcher will chat with you about your day, you won’t get that in the meat aisle of the supermarket.
10. Questions are welcome – butchers are there to cut meat and offer a service. Butchers love to talk shop.
11. Regular customers do get special treatment – pop in often and you’ll get to know about special offers and different deliveries, including seasonal products like game.
12. The butcher needs your custom – it’s a case of use them or lose them. Your High Street Butcher, Farmers Market or Farm Shop needs you to shop often and regularly.

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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2 Responses to 12 reasons to visit your Butcher

  1. I wish we had a decent butcher in our area. That would be wonderful.


  2. Pingback: Il Gran Bollito Misto (Mixed Boiled Meats) | Memorie di Angelina

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