Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Navigating the Grocer's Meat Case

I don't know about you but even after being married and living on my own now for over 10 years, I am still clueless when it comes to shopping for meat. I spend so much time at the meat case at the grocery, looking over the meat, really having no idea what to look for because the choices are overwhelming!  I mean, there are over 100 different meat cuts in the grocer's meat case at any given time with over 1,000 names for those cuts across the country.

This is just pure CRAZINESS to a clueless meat shopper like me!!  How on EARTH is one supposed to choose from a selection like this?!?!?!  If you are like me, you buy the same items over and over again because they are familiar to you. If I don't know anything about a certain cut of meat, I will just pass it up because I don't know how to prepare it or if we will even like it. Thanks to Hormel, I have an AWESOME Smart Tips list for shopping the meat case and hopefully it will help you out as much as it has helped me!!! Please stay tuned to this 3 part series on how you can safely and effectively choose and prepare the best meat for your family!!!

Smart Tips for Shopping the Meat Case:

*Make the Meat Case your last stop to ensure meat stays cold as long as possible (Great tip! I always get the meat first because of how our grocery is set up!)

*Choose packages that are cold and tightly wrapped without any holes or punctures

*Make sure packages don't contain excessive liquid.....this is an indication there might be a problem with temperature or storage

*For vacuum-packed meat, maek sure the seal has not been broken and the package is not leaking

How about you? What's your biggest challenge with shopping for meat?

*In the spirit of full disclosure, I've partnered with Hormel Foods as part of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program. Throughout the year I will be receiving products and coupons, giveaways and promotions as a part of the program.  No payment was expected or given for posting about the program and as always, all opinions here are fully my own!

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