So if you’re looking to buy a good steak, the last place you’d probably think to go is the grocery store. Don’t get me wrong, grocery store meat isn’t bad, per se, it’s just not as good as going to a butcher. But here are some tips for buying steak at the grocery store that make it very close to your local butcher.
The first thing that may help when it comes to buying a steak at the grocery store is to get the idea of convenience out of your head. You are looking for quality, not convenience. The best part of buying things at the grocery store is that everything you need is typically right there. All wrapped up and ready to go. But how long has it been that way? In other words, that steak you’re looking to buy had been wrapped up in the package for more time than I care to think about. What you want is a fresh cut. So most grocery stores actually have a butcher there. You want to go to him and have him get you a fresh cut.
The next thing you want to think about when buying a steak at the grocery store is price. This coincides with the first point. This is a steak. Not ground beef. Again, it’s about quality. Yes, going to the butcher will cost more. But what is the price that you put on quality when it comes to your steak? I know if I’m going to eat a steak, I want it to be the best it can be. And it all starts with the steak purchase.
So before going to your grocery store’s butcher, you want to know what type of steak you want to be getting. How many are you cooking for? Is this a fancy dinner or a family reunion type of get-together? Once you have the cut you’re looking for set, it’s time to actually talk to the butcher.
Don’t be afraid to talk to the butcher. See what meat is the freshest. Ask him what grade the meat is and what they recommend. They will definitely be able to help guide you in the right direction.
Now I know this part is kind of a douchy thing to do, and it makes me “that guy”, but what I like to do is have them cut you me a steak, then say that the cut is no good and have them cut another. I know, I know, that’s kind of shady, but think about it…I am assured to get an absolute fresh cut because the only part of the meat that is touching any air is the edges of the steak. This is the freshest cut you can get. Yea, you may seem like a dick to the butcher, but again, what does the quality of steak mean to you?
So those are my quick tips for buying a steak at the grocery store. Remember, you are not shopping for a steak for convenience. Take the time to do it the right way. And don’t be afraid to come off as a little bit of a dick. It’ll be worth it when you’re eating that delicious cut of red meat straight from the grill!