FoodTribe, am I becoming a steak snob?

Let me explain my situation

Doug F posted in Meat
9w ago

You all know, I love steaks! Since I have started cooking them using sous vide and getting to still finish them on a wood charcoal fire I am loving steak even more but I am noticing things that are frustrating me now that never bothered me before.

I normally would be happy with whatever steaks looked the best at my local grocery stores meat section, you know the ones individually wrapped in the foam and clingwrap. What I was finding frustrating is that I was stuck with what they had and often the marbling is not as good as I wanted, the steaks were often different thicknesses but worst of all they would come from different cows, so one is nice tender and juicy like you want but the second would not be. These were becoming a real problem I needed to fix.

So I set out to find a store I could trust that still cut their meat in the store. So after talking to some people and doing some checking I decided to call a little local grocery store just outside of town and to my surprise they still cut their own meat in store. This is when I got to talk to Sarah the butcher after telling Sarah that I wanted two prime NY strips cut one and a half inches thick from the same loin I knew immediately Sarah was going to be the one to fix my problem when she said in the classic southern Ohio hick accent "Sure, Sweetie ya just let me know before I start cutt'n my pork in the morn'n and I get it done for ya." Honestly I can not spell how some of these words actually sound.

Sarah perfectly cut some very nice steaks from the same loin just as I asked for but upon close inspection I found she did not cut them one and a half inches like I asked, she cut them a heavy one and three quarter inches thick but that's ok with me because these were some nice looking steaks.

I am definitely going to give Sarah the butcher a few more days in court to see but I am feeling confident that my steak worries are no more.

Do you all have your meat cut to order or do you just buy what is out front? Also, do any of you know what a southern Ohio accent sounds like? Tell me in the comments below. Stay wonderful you all and remember, I love you FoodTribe!

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Comments (55)

  • I didn't know what a southern Ohio accent sounded like before, but you just painted a great word picture for us. 😊 As you know, I don't buy steak, and besides we don't have a little local grocery store with a Sarah the Butcher... I would say you should give her your business, Sweetie. πŸ˜‰

      2 months ago
    • It is a accent you just need to hear to fully appreciate but I am glad I was able to give you a idea. Everyone needs a Sarah the butcher🀣

      I think she will end up with the job for sureπŸ‘

        2 months ago
  • I usually go for the Rib Eye. It is a very beautiful cut. And no, you are not a snob. You just found a good Butcher.

      2 months ago
    • I used to only eat ribeye steaks but I think there is a disturbance in the force. πŸ˜€

      Having a good butcher makes a big difference I learned.

        2 months ago
    • Most definitely. But a Butcher that you trust is equally as important.

        2 months ago
  • This is one of the reasons I don't shop at Big Box Groceries anymore! Not to mention the hormone factor! No sir you are not a snob! You have crossed over to the world of awesomeness!!

      2 months ago
    • Unfortunately in my small town there is not a lot of choices, so I am excited to find someone who still does this. It is a world I am happy to be inπŸ˜€

        2 months ago
  • Getting the meat cut in store is such a better experience. Our store cuts their meat. If there's nothing you like set out, they have cases of freshly cut meats or you can ask.

    And I didn't know Southern Ohio had an accent but I've only been through the northern part πŸ˜„ Sounds like it's complicated to explain just like the Pittsburgh/Western PA accent lol

      2 months ago
    • Yes. It is better by far. Stores here don't do that anymore, which is sad.

      The southern Ohio accent is very strong especially in rural areas. It is hard to explain and even harder to spell how the words sound.

        2 months ago
  • For me I always have my steaks cut fresh the day that I want to use them. Having been in the trade I know a few top butchers. Unfortunately some stores freeze steaks the keep them longer. This is something I totally disagree with as it increases the water content making the steaks tend to boil rather than grill. Flavour of some steaks or other meat also tends to change if an animal is stressed before ot is slaughtered

      2 months ago
    • Most of the stores here get their meat already frozen and I'm some cases it has been frozen a couple of times. You are correct about how the animal is dispatched making a difference. I am definitely going to start having our cut fresh now after...

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        2 months ago
    • Good man πŸ‘

        2 months ago