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How to Save on Cuts of Meat

on 1.30.2015 at 5:05pm
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While couponing can save us a ton off of our grocery bills, the truth is that there are rarely coupons for meat. And unless you’re vegetarian, meat is likely an ingredient in most of the recipes you’re wanting to prepare. The good news is that you can still save on meat! You can save a lot simply by knowing which cuts are cheaper than others, how to prepare them, and how to get the most use out of your meat.

Here are some tips on how to save on and maximize your cuts of meat.

Beef. Look for cheaper cuts of beef, like chuck roast, round steak, and brisket instead of more expensive cuts like NY strip and filet. The cheaper cuts are generally tougher, but they are often the ones that are the best for slow cooking (stews, soups, etc.). Plus, you can tenderize (by pounding with a tenderizer) and marinate those cuts to make them more tender and flavorful. Tip: If you’re wanting stew beef, buy chuck roast or round steak. You can cut it into chunks yourself (stew meat is generally the leftover trimmings from the day’s cuts, but still tends to be pricey).

Chicken. Instead of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, buy thighs, bone in chicken, and whole chickens. They’re a lot cheaper and they have a ton more flavor. Plus, the bones can be used to make stock.

Pork. If you’re wanting boneless pork chops, try buying a boneless pork loin roast and slicing it yourself instead. It’s usually a few dollars cheaper per pound that way.

More Meat Saving Tips:

-Want a steak? Make kabobs instead of having a full steak. You’ll still get your protein and flavor and you’ll get some veggies, too.

-If you want smaller cuts of a meat (like stew beef, pork chops, ground meat, etc.), buy a larger, more inexpensive cut and cut or grind it yourself.

-If you have a meat processing plant in your area, check and see if they sell to the public. Many plants will have certain days of the week that the public can come and buy cases of meat for a lot cheaper than in the grocery store.

-When you buy meat in bulk, make sure to freeze it into your desired serving sizes. It’ll make it easier to simply grab a bag out at a time to thaw. If you’re buying ground beef, another option is go ahead and brown the beef ahead of time and freeze it. It’ll be super easy to make spaghetti, tacos, soups and other recipes calling for cooked ground beef.

-Stretch your meats: make casseroles and pasta dishes that require a small amount of meat and add tons of veggies. One of my favorite tricks is to stretch my ground beef when we’re having tacos: mix half ground beef and half refried beans. We’ll use half the meat and still get lots of protein.

-Talk to your butcher at either your local butcher shop or at the supermarket. They’ll be able to help you through your questions and give you suggestions. And if you want a specific cut, they’ll usually be able to handle your request.

To see more information on meat frugality, you can check out my video on how to save on meat.

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    • Kristan

      What our family does is shop early and grab meat that our butcher has marked down. Sometimes you can get it 30 to 50% off. It’ll keep in the freezer. I also use ground turkey for dishes. Its way cheaper than beef and less fattening.

    • alison772

      Pork tenderloin (the longer ones – maybe a foot long instead of shaped like a regular roast) goes on sale at Kroger all the time (usually for $1.99/lb). I buy that instead of boneless pork chops but I NEVER cut it myself – if you take it up to the meat counter they will cut it into chops for you for free (to any thickness you want) and re-wrap it. I have them cut mine into one inch chops. No sense in doing extra work when they will do it for me plus the meat is much more uniform in shape when they use their machine than if I tried to cut it myself with a knife!

      • Tie Dye Jen

        They will do this with whole beef tenderloin also, to make tenderloin steaks. An investment and still a bit pricey, but the whole goes on sale for less than the steaks, so you are saving money if you want to stock the freezer or have a cookout.

    • Daryl Ann Guy

      I buy. The frozen 1 lb chubs of ground turkey they are good for tacos and only run about 1.50 each . We use one of those …1.98 for cheese .35 for seasoning and 2.00 (2 packs of tortillas at the dollar tree) and we have a meal for about 6.00 for a family of 6….

    • Tie Dye Jen

      There is a Fresh Market near us and they run a special called $2.99 Tuesday. There are different items on sale each month but since last summer they’ve been running ground chuck and boneless skinless chicken breasts along with other items throughout the store. The beef is fresh ground in store that day and we’ve never gotten hard pieces in it (very important to my husband). The chicken is all natural, antibiotic and hormone free. The breasts come as 2 attached together so they run a little over a pound. We usually bake them and set a little aside to freeze for homemade pizzas (made with Fleishmans pizza yeast recipe-makes 2 thin crust easier than you think, cheaper, healthier and taste better than frozen or delivery). We’ve been getting 2 lbs of each every week for a while now. We alternate each week between chicken pot pie and shepherds pie-both with plenty of veggies, make tacos or taco soup, chicken tortilla soup, chicken stir fry, white or cheeseburger pizza.

      While I wouldn’t recommend doing all your shopping at the Fresh Market, I watch the sales since I’m always in there on Tuesdays to get meat and have found better sale prices on certain items that rarely, if ever, go on sale at Kroger or Publix like grassfed butter and organic mayonnaise. Also they sell bulk spices that can be less expensive but not always. Other $2.99 items from the past are 2 lb bag frozen veggies, 2 (5-10 oz) bags organic lettuces or spinach ($1.49 ea), 2 noosa yogurts ($1.49 ea)

    • Joanna

      I have always wondered what the cheapest way is to buy chicken. It is cheaper to buy it bone-in, but does the fact that the bone is weighed take away from the savings? Thank you, Jenny, for all you do!!

      • Dawn

        The bones and skin are useful. I like to season and bake the skins for a crunchy treat. I keep of the breast bones, in the freezer which goes in the crock pot to make bone broth. I can get the split breast for $.99 a pound and all of it gets used.

    • Kris

      I buy my hamburger in bulk and cook it all up, strain off the oil, then bag it up into meal sized portions. Saves time when I have to cook a meal.