Posted by: catailsandotherfoundthings | August 30, 2010

Where to buy meat?

Sadly, the old fashion butcher shops are almost extinct.  Large grocery store chains who carry bulk meats at reduced prices have put many of the old school shops out of business over the past several years.  In addition to pricing and quantity, the One-Stop-Shop method is simply more time effective and convenient.  The one downside to this is the reduced quality of the meats you purchase in the grocery store.  Not only do non organic meats not taste as good as organic, but they come from unhealthy livestock that have been fed unhealthy foods throughout their lives.  This is not, however, a lesson on healthy meat eating.

There are some reasonable options for purchasing meats that are fresh, affordable and organic.  Here are a few tips on where to shop for meat.

My top pick for fresh meat would be Whole Foods.  Their meats are mostly organic and they have an amazing selection of Pork, Fish, Seafood, Poultry, Beef and Lamb.  Their pricing is a little higher than the mainstream grocery stores like Albertsons, Vons and Ralphs but the quality is well worth the extra couple dollars.  Trader Joe’s keeps a decent amount of organic Poultry and Beef.  Their fish selection is limited with Salmon and Talapia.  All their meats are packaged however and they do not have a deli.

We are very blessed to be in such an amazing location for Seafood and their are many fish markets where you can buy fresh seasonal fish year round.  The prices at these markets are quite similar to the grocery stores and the freshness can not be beat.  The Fish Market and NorthPark Fish Market are two highly rated places but there are dozens.

A Seafood Gem that you may not know about is 99 Ranch.  7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. is the location of this amazing Asian Market where the fish couldn’t be fresher!!  The prices are very reasonable and I dare to say there’s not a fish they don’t have straight off the boat.

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s.  On tonight’s menu, Yellow Currey Chicken Tenders on the barbie with wild rice and corn on the cob.  YUM!

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