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!