Buying meat

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    Over the dinner I joked that with the current quality of meat around I am thinking about becoming a vegetarian. Joking aside, the meat quality now and what I remember when I was a kid is absolutely atrocious. Factory made, pumped full of stuff, old already when hitting shops front.

    We have tried a variety of supermarket and butcher meat and we were burned at both. Buy a supermarket chicken breasts, take them out of the light they use there and it suddenly looks pale almost green. Put it on the frying pan to see tonnes of water coming out and the meat shrink to half of its original pigeon-like size and weight.

    We have tried pretty much all of our local butchers and all supplied us with not-fresh meat at some point. Our most local award-winning butcher sold us once a bag full of stinky slimy chicken breasts. We have not been back since.

    Anyway, all of that has lead us to eat less meat than we used to. Whether that is good or bad, I'm not sure, and whether we are just too picky when it comes to meat, we have not had much luck recently with finding a regular supply of good quality meat (at reasonable price - I'm not talking about £50 per kg chicken breasts).

    So, what do you use? Are you just happy with supermarket meat? Do you buy free range, organic or just any? Do you use your local butcher? Or order your meat online?

    Disclaimer: before you say it - yes, we are picky when it comes to out food. We only eat home cooked meals and try to find fresh, tasty and full of good stuff ingredients. A full chicken in a tin for £2 will not cut it. We need fresh, good quality, healthy meat at reasonable price, is it too much to ask for?
     
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    My OH is very pleased with the meat I supply to her.

    Depends on the SP I guess as some can be quite rank with the long term frozen meat they can supply and others are much better.
    When we want a treat we visit well known family run butchers, that although not cheap by SP standards, at least give us local butchered meat.
     
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    Our local butcher is brilliant, I'm actually a manager of a supermarket, and I used to really rate our meat, but I agree with op the quality in general is going down hill in the last 6-12 months.
     
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    I just buy my meat at the local halal butcher and know for a fact that the chicken is killed the day before the shop gets it, and they sell it dirt cheap, there is no pork though but I don't eat that anyway, the breasts are humongous and can weigh up to 800g each and I have to cut them down to size, boneless skinless chicken (whole) thigh I also have to cut down as well as again they are huge up to and over 500g each, I get beef and lamb from them but I don't know about the supply of that to them.

    Oh btw I am neither Muslim or Jewish I just buy from there as the prices are mad, Thigh £3.75KG but if you buy 5K+ he sells it at £3 a KG, breast £4.25KG beef's a fiver a kg and lamb is £6.50 a kg, the butcher will prepare it as you like it as well, it may be an option to seek out a local one yourself.
     
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    We use a local butcher's supermarket (probably the best description for it) George Bolam's in Sedgefield, good meat at good prices, 5K of chicken breast (20) for £20 ish, can't go wrong :thumbsup:
     
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    Halah is best if you want freshness. Whether you agree on the butchering method is another story
     
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    I think I'm going to try online butcher. This is the only option we have not tried yet.
     
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    May I ask, Have you tried any Halal butchers?
     
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    I have not. If I'm honest I have not seen a single one around.

    EDIT: I just searched and there seems to be one in my town. I'll visit them tomorrow.
     
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    Our local Butcher is great. Can't go back to supermarket rubbish after buying from him.
     
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    We use the local butcher, it's a family run place and they're pretty decent. Good quality meat at reasonable prices.
     
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    A different butchery method that would deserve it's own thread should there enough interest in starting one.
     
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    Without going into too much detail she's not keen on the halal butcher, so we will be ordering online.
     
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    We've been buying from M&S for the last few months and find their quality to be excellent. We haven't won the lottery, it isn't that much more expensive than the likes of Tesco, but it is significantly better.
     
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    That is fair enough, I personally don't mind either way.
     
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    If anyone is interested just found a 20% off code + free delivery (apparently only valid up to today) for Campbells Meat. Put "HOHO20" at the checkout. Just used it myself and it works.
     
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    Asda and Tesco are poor but Morristons is always decent imo. Aldi meat is pretty decent too.
     
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    Aldi and lidl is actually pretty decent for the price if I'm in a rush, if I'm not I visit an award winning butchers 16 miles away in nuneaton called Frank Parkers, they do the best rump steaks I've ever had, they are as tender as fillet with the tastiness of rump, they also do online orders now I beleive, I've never seen any other butchers like it, they are family run and have been going for well over a 100 years, in general butchers you get someone serving and maybe 1 or 2 butchers cutting meat, at frank Parkers there must be at least 20 butchers on any given weekday and more on the weekend, not a massive shop either , on a Saturday there is normally around 50 people lining up down the street at 6am in the morning, on Xmas eve last year there must have been 250 people waiting for them to open at 6am as you can preorder your meat months in advance
     
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    I know that place. And their cakes are pretty good too :smashin:
     
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    I know Halal is no longer on the table but one of the local ones to me do the chickens fresh there and then - the meat is still warm when it gets bagged! :D
     
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    Like most controversial subjects it's been discussed at great length. Can we leave it out of this one now.
     
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    That's what I've ordered

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    I've always had top quality from Donald Russell online. First class customer service too.
     
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    I have been impressed with most of the meat from Costco. Membership is required though.
     
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    Aldi meat is fantastic chicken got delivered to the warehouse last week and I notice on the box that it was killed on like the 12th and was in store by 14th.
     
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    Costco

    Never fails to deliver
     
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    Quite expensive though.
     
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    We get all our meat from M&S throughout the year, and some bits from a local butcher at Xmas.

    The Aberdeen Angus from Marks' is always good in whatever form, though it can be pricey. The Oakham chicken breasts are of a consistently good quality too.

    The only thing I find ludicrous is the prices of the turkeys at Xmas. Admittedly they offer loads of different options, but paying up to and over £60 for a crown is a bit OTT though tbh they do taste delicious.

    M&S do lovely sausages also. I rate all their food and it's the only food hall I use these days. I think there is a stigma about all their food being expensive but once you shop there you realise it isn't the case. Their range of fresh ready meals is so vast and so tasty, yet reasonably priced...they really do make a great substitute when you don't feel like cooking yourself.

    Dine in for two = bargain.

    I was veggy for a year though and quite often choose veggy options at restaurants when out and about. :smashin:
     
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    Waitrose dry aged rib of beef last Christmas - very tasty! As others have said Costco is good but we do usually just buy from Tesco :/ Really should try some of these online places in the new year.
     
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    I find Tesco meat awful. Even their organic range is pretty crap. Especially the chicken - slimy, green looking and tiny. Expensive too.
     
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