When visiting groceries or butcher shops, shoppers usually see whole dressed chicken sold alongside smaller chicken portions. Buying the smaller portions of course can be more convenient and may seem practical. However, what many don’t realize is that it’s more practical to buy the whole chicken (or the whole pig or any other animal) than buying the cut out portions. Why so?
More Portions, More Flavour
Buying whole animals from meat wholesalers and butcher shops has a great advantage. That is, you are able to keep those parts which aren’t usually included in pre-packaged retail meat. This includes the bones and the fat, which are usually trimmed off from the meat.
Now, you may ask why you would want to keep these if the butchers themselves discard them. One reason: flavour—yes, using the bone (and marrow) and fat can make most dishes more flavourful. You can also use them in making soups and stocks, something which many cooks actually do. Many restaurants that buy wholesale meat from meat wholesalers usually make their soup stocks using these ‘unwanted’ portions.
Buying Small Animals Wholesale
Poultry products like chicken, quail, turkey and others can be bought whole from butcher shops and meat wholesalers. The same is true for small animals like rabbits. These can be bought home in a bag and be butchered and cut to smaller portions at home. It doesn’t even require advanced slaughtering and butchering skills to do so. If you’re really interested, you can go online and watch videos on techniques on how to properly do this.
Buying Bigger Animals Wholesale
Bigger animals though like cattle, pig, sheep and others may require a different approach. If, for example, you are having a large roasting party, you can buy the whole animal from meat wholesalers and butcher shops. If you have the right tools and are pretty handy with knives, you can do the butchering yourself at home. However, you can also ask them to butcher them for you, though additional fees may be included in your purchase.
Also, bigger animals like those mentioned above are also sold in parts at wholesale prices. They can be bought in half and even quarter carcasses. You can then cut these down into smaller portions and freeze them for a later time. Keep in mind though that not all meat wholesalers and butcher shops sell them this way. Thus, you’ll want to ask them first if they do before putting your money down.
So the next time you’re out shopping for meat, do consider purchasing wholesale or whole meat. In most case, you’ll get more bang for your buck by doing so.
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