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Quick Guide to Custom Beef Cuts

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Are you purchasing a side of beef but feeling overwhelmed by the thought of how it will be cut up? Don’t worry! We’re here to guide you through the various options available when working with a butcher to customize your half beef order. From steaks to roasts, ground beef to specialty cuts, here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your beef purchase.

7 Great Tips To Know Before Butchering
  1. Communication is Key: Before diving into the specifics of cuts, it’s essential to communicate your preferences with your butcher. Let them know if you have any specific dietary needs, cooking preferences, or favorite cuts. This will help them tailor the cutting process to your liking.
  2. Basic Cuts:
    • Steaks: Decide on the thickness and size of your steaks. Popular options include ribeye, sirloin, T-bone, and filet mignon.
    • Roasts: Choose the size and type of roasts you prefer, such as chuck roast, rump roast, or brisket.
    • Ground Beef: Specify how much of your half beef you’d like ground into hamburger meat. You can also request different fat ratios based on your cooking preferences.
  3. Custom Cuts:
    • Specialty Steaks: If you have specific preferences or want to try unique cuts, discuss options like flank steak, skirt steak, or tri-tip.
    • Bone-In vs. Boneless: Decide whether you prefer bone-in or boneless cuts for steaks and roasts. Bones can add flavor and moisture but may require different cooking techniques. If you prefer boneless, the other person sharing your beef will likely needs to request boneless also.
    • Tenderizing: Ask about tenderizing certain cuts to enhance flavor and tenderness.
  4. Packaging Preferences:
    • Individual vs. Family Packs: Specify whether you prefer your cuts individually packaged or grouped into family-sized portions.
    • Vacuum Sealing vs. Butcher Paper: Choose between vacuum-sealed packaging, which helps preserve freshness and prevents freezer burn, or traditional butcher paper wrapping. Our butcher only offers butcher paper BUT you can pick up your beef on the day of cutting and vacuum seal it at home.
  5. Additional Products:
    • Bones and Offal: Inquire about including bones or offal (organ meats) if you’re interested in making stocks, broths, or trying new recipes.
    • Special Requests: Don’t hesitate to ask about any special requests or customizations you have in mind. Butchers are often happy to accommodate unique preferences.
  6. Storage and Handling Tips:
    • Freezer Organization: Plan how you’ll organize your cuts in the freezer for easy access.
    • Thawing Practices: Familiarize yourself with safe thawing practices to maintain the quality of your beef.
  7. Budget Considerations:
    • Value Cuts: Discuss budget-friendly options and ways to maximize the value of your half beef purchase without sacrificing quality.
Beef Cuts

Remember, your butcher is there to help guide you through the process and ensure you get the most out of your half beef order. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, share your preferences, and explore the diverse range of cuts and customization options available to you. With a bit of communication and planning, you’ll soon be enjoying delicious, personalized cuts of beef tailored to your taste preferences and cooking needs.

For more detailed information about the different cuts of beef, view our Order page.

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