Well after my mess up at Kroger I had to give it one more go when I heard about some managers special meat that was part of the B1G1. While there I had a chat with the butcher, a really great guy by the way which brings me to my question do you know your butcher? If not you should, your butcher is the key to getting meat for cheap but not cheap meat!
In the past 2 months I have never paid more than $2.99 for meat, that is beef, pork and chicken often closer to $1.99. Great huh!!! Here’s how. Your butcher knows when meat is marked down and is glad to share it.
First find out when your local store has its best meat prices then watch for B1G1 sales and when they come stock up and fill your freezer. Today I got 6 chuck steaks for less than $9.00, each around 1.3lbs! That’s right originally $4.89/lb.
Here’s the best way to do it, make sure you buy all of your meat as close in price as possible because the cheapest is always free. So if you have 2 sets that vary widely in price ring them up separately if possible. The butcher I spoke with today told me Kroger marks down meat every morning between 7-9 am about 20% then around 3-4pm to 50% off. But smaller stores like the one I was at on Henderson Rd. mark down to 50% in the morning. So go early for the best prices and selection if yours marks to 50% in the morning.
Need a great recipe for all that beef here you go:
Chipotle beef Burritoes
1 1/2 lb boneless beef
1 14.5 oz.can diced tomatoes undrained
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 to 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove garlic minced
1 package tortillas
shredded cheese (optional for topping)
sour cream (optional for topping)
lettuce (optional for topping)
1. Trim fat from meat and cut into 6 pieces. In a crock pot place meat, undrained tomatoes, onion, chipotle pepper, oregano, cumin, and garlic.
2. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 -10 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours. Using 2 forks pull meat apart into shreds and fill up your tortillas plus any toppings you desire.
* Note this is spicy but delicious!
( recipe found in Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book, I highly recommend this cook book it is a staple. Check it out on my book carousel on the right side of the blog)