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Stater Bros. Meat: What the Hell Happened???

When we were young in the greater Inland Empire area, we were told of Stater Bros., "It's the Meat that Made Us Famous". Our family would get nothing but Stater Bros. meat.
Well, for the last several years, when we get their meat, it is HORRIBLE. Tough, flavorless--
Tonight, we got a couple of T-Bones in one of their Colton stores.
Well, I'm just about flossing my teeth with this stuff-EEEK!!
I know you 'hounds know what's going on with their meat - what's happening? Or what's happened?
And where can I get better, more tender, flavorful meat?
(Full disclosure: We have very little money, and we are on a strict budget.)

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  1. frank's wholesale meat in san bernadino?

    you can also look for a mexican carniceria or halal meat market in your area.

    1. Stater Bros. has always used the lowest grades of meat, select.

      Also, I've noticed when Foster Farms chicken, which are suppose to be fresh,never frozen, is one sale, the chickens are frozen and/or thawed.

      This doesn't happen at Albertson's or Vons or Ralph's.

      1. Any Asian or Mexican market will have better meat for cheaper. Just be aware that cuts are different.

        1. I never shopped at Stater Bros., but I do remember those commercials. in the 70s and 80s.

          I don't know how Stater Bros. prices its meat, but I do know that Costco actually has pretty good meat (choice, some prime) at prices well below what you'll find at a premium upscale supermarket like Gelson's or Whole Foods. Of course, you can't just buy one steak or one pound of ground beef, but if you're serving enough people (or have space in your freezer) it's worth checking out.

          How much were the T-bones from Stater Bros.?

          I also second the recommendations for carnicerias/Asian mkts.

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          1. re: Jack Flash

            The T-bones were on sale for $4.47 per pound.

          2. There's a Restaurant Depot in Colton. Every RD has good meat at wholesale prices just in large, cryovac pacs for restaurant use. You just have to buy a lot at one time, portion & freeze sort of thing.

            RD is wholesale only. If you have any kind of business license (not just in the food service industry), or work for a nonprofit and can bring the nonprofit's tax ID card, then you can get a free membership. There may be other credentials they'll accept for a membership card, but call and ask. Don't know if that works for you, but that's all I can suggest in Colton. Don't really know the area well.

            http://www.restaurantdepot.com/misc/S...