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May 25, 2014 08:16 AM

Would you buy it?

Would you serve it to guests?

With all the questionable meats out there and the beef recalls I would say no way! I am all for saving money and love the $ store and places like Ocean State Job Lot but the thought of dollars store meat makes me queasy. Now I am totally happy with $ store pasta and chips so maybe I'm a hypocrite!

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  1. I don't know... quite a lot of the dollar trees sell frozen and refrigerated foods now, and people seem to buy them. I'm sure that a $1 steak resembles shoe leather more closely than 'food' but it's not as if they're going to sell you a chevre steak and call it beef. (somebody did the maths and said that that 3.5oz steak comes out to $5 a pound... but it puts a 'steak' into reach of somebody who only has two bucks to spend on meat for their dinner and can't afford or store three or four pounds of the stuff.)

    1. The way it works is a producer has a product. They estimate how much of that product they could sell to retailers and they create said amount of that product. For what ever reason, the producer ends up only selling 2/3rds of their inventory, leaving them stuck with 1/3rd. Since this is perishable, they can't store it until demand picks up or it is too costly to them to keep the meat frozen for a long period of time. They can dump the excess for a total loss or they can negotiate with a place like Dollar tree for their inventory at pennies on the Dollar. Since Dollar might work off a slimmer margin than say Safeway, Voila! Dollar Steak.

      That is a round about way of me saying that the steak is not nearly as bad as you think but not as good as you'd want for guests. i might try it to shave it for a Philly cheese-steak to see how it is.

      1. After checking out the top two hits on google I don't believe it's anything I would buy. One is a Chowhound review from a few years ago.

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        1. re: miss_belle

          Oh good lord, I retract my other post!

        2. I'd have to look at it and try it before I'd say if I'd serve it to guests but I imagine it's just surplus low grade conventional beef (so not likely since that isn't what I like.)

          We don't have many Dollar Trees, though. The 99 Cents Only stores around here are awesome, though- lots of organic veggies and dairy, sometimes good cheeses and other treasures every week.

          1. I have not purchased meat of any kind in a "regular" supermarket in decades. All of it is tainted with steroids, antibiotics, and who know what else. And the animals end their days in those horrendous, fetid feed lots. Stressed out, which also does nothing to improve the flavor or quality of their meat.

            Well, you asked would I buy it.........

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            1. re: ChefJune

              Note that designations such as "organic" "free range" "grass fed" etc etc do not refer to the treatment of animals. Only meats labeled "certified humane" refer to their treatment.
              For example, organic chickens are packed into pens at the same density as factory farmed chickens.

              Anyways. As a life long vegetarian i would never encourage or endorse purchasing this (or any other) meat.

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                That may be the case in the part of the world where you are, Ttrockwood but in many other parts, definitions such as "organic" and "free range" have meaning and are certified definitions. For example, where I am, a certified organic chicken is inherently free range.

                1. re: Harters

                  Yes, thank goodness that shit actually *has* meaning in Europe.