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Jan 29, 2007 10:57 AM

Healthy Butcher-YUM

Tried a prime rib from the Healthy Butcher yesterday. All I can say is WOW. The meat was beautiful-a nice layer of fat, with a gorgeous deep colour. I was pretty certain based on its smell that it was going to be delicious, and I was right. It was the first time I've tried the HB, and I have to say, I'll be going back to try more of their meats. Has anyone else had good experiences?

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  1. I have gone in to ogle their wares, but I have not yet felt sufficiently solvent to indulge! :)

    Was it that good?

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    1. re: AmandaEd

      Yes. I've had prime rib quite a bit in my lifetime (from various quality butchers across Canada, the States and Europe) and it ranks as one of the best I've ever had. This was the first time (to my knowledge) that I've had one as certified organic. The "placebo effect" aside, it was absolutely a very high quality piece of meat.

      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

        Alright. I'm sold. I will save my twoonies and splurge this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation!

        1. re: AmandaEd

          Yes, saving twoonies highly recommended-its $16.99/lb

    2. I highly recommend their burgers and sausages, all made in-house. Great flavour combos, including such thing as hemp seed and goat cheese, if memory serves, and less expensive than prime rib.

      1. Not as exciting as in-house sausages and burgers, but I've had both chicken and ground lamb from there and it's absolutely excellent. Plus, less attitude than I've seen in some other small butchers.

        - Lea

        1. It's a great place with good service and they really want to please. The ingredients and recipes are super. The owner is a great source of information and seems open to special requests.

          Although I love shopping there, there is a negative issue (at least to me) that is inherent in their name. Healthy certainly implies low fat, so it's hardly surprising that their premium cuts of beef have much less marbling than you'll find at comparable stores (e.g., Cumbrae's). The sausages and burgers can be quite dry. I jumped at their house made pastrami, which lacked the telltale needle marks of an industrial cure. It smelled great. But it had so little fat that is was too dry to eat.

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          1. re: embee

            I know it's not the norm, but I actually prefer my pastrami dry (lean, extra spice). I'll have to try it out.

            1. re: embee

              I believe that the "Healthy" in the name refers to how the meat they sell was raised, and not so much the health of the consumer.

              1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                I think it is meant to target both.

                  1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                    Yes, I agree that's what the name refers to - the way the animal is raised, etc.
                    The owner of the establishment confirmed this the other day in his post, however, his post was removed.

                    1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                      Oh for Christ's sake. We eat the unhealthiest meat in the third world and we're still breathing. Anyway, I love HB!

                  2. Do they let you smell their meat before purchase?

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                    1. re: mtampoya

                      They are very generous with samples. They have even cooked bits of sausage meat for sampling.