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