There are several good reasons to build a good working relationship with your local butcher. Not only would shopping at a butcher help your local economy, but you will receive a higher-quality cut of meat that is perfect for the meal you are preparing. One of the key things you need with a local butcher is a good relationship. How do you build a better relationship with your butcher? There are two key things you need to do.
Respect is a very important part of the relationship between a customer and their butcher. It’s not just respecting the person but respecting the business and the animal too.
Butcher: It’s not just tough work being a butcher, it is sometimes dangerous too. However, they put their heart and soul into providing quality meats to you for your special occasions. Additionally, they are incredibly knowledgeable about a wide variety of things, including the meat itself and the best ways to prepare it.
Business: Butcher shops are usually a small family-run business, and they’re in it out of a passion. Surely, it may not be the most well sought after nor the most glamorous job, but a quality butcher shop is like a diamond in a basket of coal. They can lead you to new culinary heights.
Animal: It may not have crossed your mind, but since the animal gave it life for your belly, respect its sacrifice. Your butcher does. That is why a quality butcher will ensure that every part of the animal that can be used will be used.
2. Talk & Ask Genuine Questions
Butchers are incredibly knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects when it comes to the meat that they sell. To create the best relationship with your butcher it is important that you engage with them and ask genuine questions. This can range from “which cut of meat is best suited for XXX” to “how long should I cook it for”. In fact, it is encouraged you ask for their recommendations. After all, they are the subject expert. You’d be surprised to receive better service when you have a more experienced person to discuss things with. Remember, do not act like you know their stuff better than they do. Even if you think you do, engage in a respectful manner and take it as an opportunity to share and exchange ideas than putting them down or show off that little bit of knowledge.
What do I need to tell my butcher?
We’d recommend for you to tell them about the nature of your event, the number of people you’re serving, the age of your audience, what you are intending to prepare and probably your budget. This is because a beef cut used for BBQ will significantly differ from those used for your beef soup. Try not to settle on a certain type of cut you think you want as these factors can be important to what you purchase.