Across the Western world, and those places heavily influenced by it like Australia, there is this old-fashioned view of the local butcher, something that isn’t as common of a thing as it was at one time. A great many butchers have been supplanted by things like supermarkets, and even hypermarkets in places like Perth.
But, there are a lot of reasons why Perth meat, sourced from a local Perth butcher, is a better option in the long run. Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about the concerns with me, the concerns with distribution during this pandemic, and what the better quality inconvenience can be when going with a proper butcher. We lost something, as hard as it is to believe when we went to massive distribution and pre-packaged meat like a supermarket offers.
What’s wrong with supermarket meat?
Okay, don’t get me wrong. Most supermarkets offer decent-quality meat, generally-speaking. Unfortunately, it’s not as good as it could be, because intensive be filled with hormones and preservatives, and the cuts tend to be designed to maximize profitability for shelf space. You’re spending a lot of money on bones, fat, and less meat in a price per pound ratio than with a traditional butcher.
There actually are fewer choices when it comes to cuts and, to put it a little cruelly, species of animals available for purchase from a supermarket. Shelf space is King there, so they only want to package the things that tend to move at a profitable rate, where a butcher will try to use every part of an animal possible, meaning that if you want to buy it, he will sell you pretty much any part of the animal you want, better that than throw away the parts that no one will use!
What can a butcher do for me?
You are going to get a better price, for a better meet with a butcher. Yes, the initial markup may be higher, but you’re going to get better me, with no preservatives, cut to please you rather than to justify shelf space. Butchers have less overhead, so they can actually afford to sell you better me, with a lower price per pound at the end of the day.
These are businesses that usually focus strictly on handling animal products, and some also deal with cheese and other deli accouterments as well. You can get specific cuts from them, and you get them done the way you prefer. Will it taste better? Objectively yes, but if you are used to supermarket meat, it may take you a while to cultivate the appreciation for the subtle difference.
Getting Perth meat from a Perth butcher is also safer, as fewer hands handle it, and people won’t be molesting the cuts of meat and putting them back on the shelves, with on-display cuts usually being behind glass.
There are actually quite a few butchers in the Perth area, as Australia holds on the traditional little more tightly than someplace like America or Canada. So, give a butcher a chance, and you just may wonder how you dealt with the slim pickings of a supermarket this whole time!