Q&A: Where do you buy meat?

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Several readers have emailed me this question over the past couple weeks, so I thought I'd open it up to everyone and ask,

Question: Where do you buy meat?

Answer: My goal when buying meat is to balance price with quality. I don't always get the best deal because I prefer higher quality meat. I am very picky when it comes to what I serve, so if I end up purchasing meat with a lot of fat, I'll trim it meticulously at home! I prefer to just buy it that way, but I do recognize that hand-trimmed meat is often quite expensive.

I purchase meat all over the place- Smith's, Dick's, Target and Winco to name a few stores. Coupons for meat don't come around often, so when they're available, I do try and take advantage of them.

We don't buy a ton of beef, so I try and hit the sales and stock up. I aim for .99/lb or less for ground beef and less than $2/lb for a nice roast. It's not uncommon for me to buy a year's worth of ground beef in 1 trip to the store! My disclaimer there is that I also never adhere to the ingredient amount in recipes. If a recipe calls for a pound of ground beef, I'll use a 1/2 pound. It's less expensive and healthier!

We do buy a lot of boneless, skinless chicken, so I'm constantly on the lookout for deals on that. You can buy frozen bags at Winco that work out to be around $1.30/lb, which is a great price. However, I'm not thrilled with the quality. A few weeks ago I opted to just buy it at Costco for $1.99/lb. That's not a fabulous price, however I tried a new brand the Perdue Select Size fillets and oh wow- I love them! They're thin with virtually no fat, so they cook fast and evenly. I think I might just be purchasing chicken there for a while!

If you use the Grocery Smarts lists, they do help in that they apply the star rating system to meat sales as well. As always, aim for a 4 or 5 star deal. This week, the best deals on meat are at Fresh Market!

Where do you buy your meat? Leave a comment to respond!

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11 thoughts on “Q&A: Where do you buy meat?

  1. Funky Kim says:

    I'm still using the boneless skinless chicken breasts I purchased last fall at the Smiths case lot special. I think that the price worked out to be very close to $1 a pound. I bought a case every time I passed a Smiths.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You could also check out Shelf Reliance. They have a great selection of freeze dried meat that tastes amazing! My husband can not even tell when I use it. Sometimes I also will supplement part fresh ground beef, part freeze dried when feeding a crowd. I love having a storage of meat that I can use in a jiffy, or store for years!

  3. Aubrie says:

    I do the bag of frozen chicken and winco too and unfortunately because beef is so expensive, i havent been buying any! instead opting for turkey meat which is $1.68/lb and winco. i would like to get some beef tho if anyone finds any good deals… where do you find it for $.99/lb cheapest ive seen it in awhile is $1.98/lb…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Only at Sunflower Market because everything they sell is only organic or natural raised. We only eat Bison and chicken along with seafood now anyways. See the documentary "Fresh" and do some research about all the additives and crap that stockyard beef, warehouse chicken, and pig farms contain and it might change your choice of meats. We prefer the taste of Bison to beef which is why we dont eat even free-range beef.

  5. Jen says:

    We tried that perdue brand of chicken because I thought it would cook evenly and it had a horrible flavor…I don't know what it was, but it's good to know i wasn't the same for you…maybe we'll try it again.

  6. Alice says:

    I have meat issues also. We don't buy beef at the grocery store, we eat elk or bison from hunting trips, and we've recently started buying (whole) chickens and pork from a utah farmer who raises them sustainably.

    (http://www.christiansenfarm.com/)

    They sell beef too, but with the hunting we don't need that.

    I miss the boneless skinless frozen chicken breasts. We used to get them at costco, using whole chickens certainly changes how often I make things with chicken, but we're working out a system to make it a little easier.

    (I do still buy canned chicken from costco for my food storage.)

  7. Sak says:

    I buy my meat mostly at Smiths, but sometimes at Target and Fresh Market. I like Costco meat, but I didn't renew my membership because I found I don't buy very much there. When I cook with Ground Beef for Taco's and such I like to use Half Ground Beef and Half TVP. I know it sounds weird, but my friend showed me how to rehydrate it, season and cook it. My family can't tell that they are eating a "healthier" taco. You can buy it in the bulk food section at Winco, that's the best price I've found. I also bought the caselot chicken, so we are still working on that.

  8. d says:

    Lately I buy ground turkey on manager's special at Smith's. very rarely do I buy beef. i can't remember the last time I bought boneless skinless chicken, but I have been trying hard to find it because I have been content with ground turkey lately. Now I'm itchin' for some good quality low priced chicken 🙂

  9. Amanda says:

    I'm doing some searching on your site about Costco and I came across this post. Oh how I wish I could find chicken for $1.30/lb and a roast for less than $2/lb. That seems like a fantasy!

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