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How do you tell the good cuts of meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2011 at 4:26 AM

Everyone has a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to choosing the chunk of dead animal that will be most scrumptious. I'd love to hear them all.

I'll go first: Bacon. Specifically packs of bacon. In order of importance:

1) Firm. Not juicy.

2) Homogenous rectangular shape. Avoid packs that are half of one cut and half of another.

3) Consistent strip of red throughout the length of the cut. About a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of fat to meat.

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on July 28, 2011
at 11:20 PM

Yah, it's probably the sliminess that I'm avoiding in my 1) Firm. Not juicy rule. Beelers is a pretty decent packaged bacon most of the time. Available throughout California.

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on July 28, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Same for me. My butcher smokes and slices it themselves. You never know how long the stuff in packs has been sitting around for. I also find it starts to go a little slimy in packs.

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on July 28, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Butcher shop does the trick for me.

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on July 28, 2011
at 04:13 PM

How do you buy it, straight from the farm?

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:44 AM

To be honest, 1st step in choosing good bacon is to not buy it in packs.

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on July 28, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Same for me. My butcher smokes and slices it themselves. You never know how long the stuff in packs has been sitting around for. I also find it starts to go a little slimy in packs.

4f61f7c4a8bb1adeb9cf45aa9e3f9e7d

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on July 28, 2011
at 04:13 PM

How do you buy it, straight from the farm?

4f61f7c4a8bb1adeb9cf45aa9e3f9e7d

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on July 28, 2011
at 11:20 PM

Yah, it's probably the sliminess that I'm avoiding in my 1) Firm. Not juicy rule. Beelers is a pretty decent packaged bacon most of the time. Available throughout California.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on July 28, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Butcher shop does the trick for me.

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:39 PM

I've also had an issue with bacon slices of unequal thickness! It bugged me to no end to have half my bacon end up too crispy (yes, there is such a thing) while other pieces were still chewy. (I bake my bacon, so I can't easily take thinner slices out earlier).

I found a brand that's much more consistent in thickness, but they're often of pretty wonky shape.

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