With most large animals, different cuts are better suited for different recipes and cooking methods. The most tender cuts for frying, grilling or BBQ. Others will reward slow cooking by braising or in stews. Don’t forget many of the value cuts deliver the richest and deepest flavours. Its no coincidence that many Celebrity chefs and TV cooks are endorsing cheaper “forgotten cuts” that were used in the past – they offer great taste and flavour. But you need to visit a traditional butcher who can source and prepare them for you – we can help.
Traditional butchers skills are also important for the ageing and storing of meat before it is sold. Morley Butchers dry store for extra ageing to improve the final flavour and tenderness of our meat. When “hung” or aged, natural enzymes in the meat break down the connective tissue in the muscle, which leads to more tender cut on you plate also some moisture loss helps concentrate the flavour. This is particularly true for Beef. Most supermarket meat is “wet-aged” – cut up and shrink-wrapped shortly after slaughter. The meat will still mature, but in a different way, and you will be paying for all the liquid, perhaps 20% of the total weight.
But its not just about presentation or variety. In recent years consumers have been worried by the many horse and other mystery meat scandals. Many deciding that pre packaged or processed meat products might not be a reliable choice. If you want more certainty about what is on your plate and the way in which you food has been produced a traditional butchers can tell you in some detail about what you are buying – not just where it is from but how it was raised, what it ate and its journey from the farm to the shop counter. The last is part is important because lamb, beef or any other meat shipped from abroad will most likely have travelled frozen and the taste will not be as good.
At Morley Butchers we select the best suppliers so our customers can be confident that the meat they buy from us is not only good eating but comes from a traceable source where the animals have had a wholesome free range lifestyle, enjoyed high welfare standards and a natural diet. On our counter you will find a selection of the finest quality Beef, Lamb, Pork, Poultry and Game. (You can see more details about them in the different product sections of our website.)
One of the most appealing aspects to a traditional butchers shop is the transparency for the customer. You can see the product and watch it being prepared. Nothing is hidden and you can ask questions and get advice at the same time. A far cry from an anonymous pre wrapped pack or box in a chiller cabinet.