Best Steaks/Meats for Freezing
I'm looking to start stocking my freezer with smallish portions of chicken/steak/burger (for when I don't have time to run to Whole Paycheck). I'm looking for a good source. Although I do want quality meat, almost as important is the supplier's packing quality - I would like to avoid freezer burn. My current thought is Omaha Steaks, but open to suggestions. Ideas?
You dont say where youre from, or I missed it, but ocassionally in the los angeles area the Hows market chain would put Prime and I emphasize Prime boneless, Rib Eye steaks on sale for $6.99/lb. Probably if you dont have this choice you are better off getting good choice rib eyes from costco and freezing them, I imagine whole paycheck is much more expensive. We have Bristol Farms and they were at $29.95/lb for the same quality as the Hows steaks.
I agree with the above posters, however I would go the local butcher shop route over a supermarket for buying steak. That is if you have a good butcher in your area. Where Iive I have a local butcher who has "USDA Prime" beef, which many supermarkets may not carry. Also if you can start up a relationship with a small family owned butcher shop the service will be 100 times better than you get at a supermarket. I know when I walk in the door of the shop I go to, I am greeted warmly, and advised which cuts to get by what the butcher reccomends for that day. I am even invited behind the counter where my steaks are cut to order.... Filets right off the whole tenderloin, etc.
And a butcher shop may be able to vacuum package them as you want.
Filets = 8 oz
T-Bone or Portehouse - love the bone...
My problem is not with procuring quality meat; I have a quality butcher (albeit at Whole Paycheck, but it's good stuff). It's a question of long-term storage in an apartment where I probably can't justify the space of a vacuum sealer. If I want a really good steak, I know where to go, but if I just want to throw something on the grill when I get home late, I want a 'b' team in the freezer. I've been underwhelmed by the packing quality at Whole Foods, and the size at Costco (my fiance is a vegetarian, so it's just me).