Looking for safe raw meat in northern VA....
- BigEats Jul 10, 2007 04:05 PM
I haven't had good kibbee nayee in quite a while, mostly because my family became concerned about mad cow disease, antibiotics, and other meat impurities written about in sensational tones in the media over the past decade.
I need someone who knows something about the subject to steer (haha, "steer"!) me in the right direction and help me find a source of good beef that can be eaten raw without any hesitation or concern. Thanks!
I'd start by speaking to the folks at the Organic Butcher of McLean.
6712 Old Dominion Drive, McLean
Let me second the recommendation on McLean Organic Butcher. My understanding is that there are two brothers, one raises and butchers the cattle (locally) and the other runs the butcher shop. The shop is somewhat old fashioned, with the employees wearing white aprons and they will happily butcher or carve per your instructions.
Aside from being safer and healthier, the beef is excellent. The cattle are fed both grain and grass. The grass adds a beefy and somewhat gamey (not in a bad way) flavor to the meat which is great.
We get their hangar steaks 1-2x per week (the store is within walking distance of my house). My kids and nieces and nephews can't get enough of them. Kids that are picky eaters or don't like meat will have 3 or 4 servings. Some of the items are very expensive ($24-28/pound) though. The hangars are $11/lb recently raised from $10/lb. They have prepared meats too -- burgers, beef wellington, etc.
They have quality frozen food too. Not all of it is locally raised, but it is good. For instance there is duck, venison, and rabbit. I made an excellent rabbit stew from a frozen rabbit, the recipe came right from Julia Child.
You could do what I do and go to a county fair and buy a cow/sheep whatever and have it butchered (they normally have a list of butchers and you just tell them which to take it to). This gives you the added bonus of choosing cuts and at least for some food like lamb it is cheaper this way (I haven't bought a whole cow in a while not enough freezer. We get a lamb every year and those 4H kids raise them right no steroids, hormones, antibiotics. Plus it is a donation. But I grew up in a small town and go to their fair. I am sure they have those in VA though... there are enough farms around and fair time should be coming up mid/late august normally... The only downside is you have to have a large freezer... Anyway I was raised on a beef farm and have no problem with the whole bid on fluffy, kill fluffy thing. If so you might pay more and go to the organic butcher instead.