Contact The Butcher
How to Talk to our Butchers
1. Don’t Fear the Butcher
Even though he works with cleavers all day, don’t be scared of the butcher. He’s really nice. (We promise!) And he’s excited to tell you about what he has in the case because he wants you to have the best experience you can with our products.
2. Ask Questions
If you’re not sure what you want, don’t know what would work best for the meal/event you’re planning or you’ve never bought from a butcher before, please ask questions. Our butchers are happy to help you in any way, and he loves introducing people to meat as well as “talking shop” with the connoisseur.
3. Butchers Pride Themselves on Having Many “Best” Cuts
There’s no need to ask “what’s the best cut you have?” Butchers love what they do, and they love getting great cuts and amazing flavors from many parts of the animal. They consider all of their cuts to be “the best” of what they are working with.
4. Keep an Open Mind
Only ever had ribeye? Don’t be afraid to try something new. Butchers love to introduce new cuts of meats to customers, and they never want to disappoint, so they are not looking to lead you astray.
5. Don’t be Afraid to Admit What You Don’t Know
If you don’t know a lot about meat, that’s totally cool. But if you pretend to know a lot about meat, or only watched that one episode of Alton Brown a few years ago, it makes it awkward for everyone. Tell the butcher what you really know and what you want, and open a dialogue to go from there.
6. Embrace the Freedom
The butcher is familiar with all parts of the animal, and he’s happy to let you know about some cuts that you might not have considered before. He can also get you pretty much anything you want with at least 48 hours notice, so if you’ve always wanted to try bison, ask and you shall receive.
7. It’s OK to Ask for Tips and Extras
If you need your meat butterflied or want a little extra trim, don’t worry about asking. Some of these services come standard with working with a butcher. If anything goes above and beyond the normal purview, the butcher will let you know, and the two of you can discuss what you are and aren’t willing to pay an upcharge for.
Let the butcher know what you’re planning to do with your purchase. If he tells you a certain cut won’t work on the grill or in the smoker, believe him. He wants you to have the best outcome possible, and he’s only trying to help you achieve an awesome food experience.
9. It’s OK to Ask Where the Meat is From
We are all about transparency. Ask where your meat is from if you want to know. Butchers are very familiar with the farms and farm practices of the people they regularly work with, and they’re more than happy to pass along that information to you.
10. It’s OK to Set a Budget
Our butchers put the customer first. He won’t judge you if you don’t want a $40/lb cut of meat. Let him know your budget, and he’ll do everything he can to get you the best product there is without making you feel like you’re breaking the bank.
These tips come from our own butchers as well as celebrity butchers Jeffrey de Picciotto of Dickson’s Farmstead Meats and Rob Levitt of The Butcher & Larder.