Following the recent horse meat labelling scandal it is more important than ever to know where the meat you are eating comes from. Local butchers provide only the best quality produce and ensure that every cut is completely traceable.
By shopping with your local butcher you are guaranteed that every item can be traced back to its point of origin, so you are certain of its quality from the farm to your table.
While economic pressures are hitting the family budget local butchers offer the best solution to this dilemma, and, as in many cases these days, the answer is an old solution - in this case the not so difficult art of meal making.
Over the past five to seven years craft butchers have invested in their premises and their service so they can now offer their customers the best possible choice and range of product.
Recent events have seen a major return to old style meat shopping. Customers want to see what they are buying, they want to speak with the butcher who can tell them where the meat came from, when it was slaughtered, how to cook it.
Trust is a huge element in the relationship between customers and butcher. What goes on behind the scenes has become more and more important. Craft butchers in general have raised the standard of service within the industry in a huge way in the past few years.
A local butcher can tell customers where exactly the meat they sell comes from, which farm, which abatoir, so there is complete traceability. They also make their own sausages, black and white puddings and burgers.
Another advantage of shopping with a local butcher is that families can achieve the twin objectives of healthy and economical eating by shopping wisely and learning a few basic skills in putting together a tasty meal.
Just ask your local butcher to recommend cuts of meat that suit your budget, along with helping you choose the best value cuts, he will also offer advice on how to cook it.
By forming a relationship with your local butcher, you are ensuring your family enjoys the best quality meat, at a price you can afford.
Most butchers in Ireland are independent, family run businesses, and buying from them helps to support local communities. The money we spend there will stay in the local area. From the farmer who rears the meat to the person who delivers it, by shopping local you are supporting your community, in the most positive way possible.
Meat from a local butcher is sourced, slaughtered and prepared locally and so reduces Food Miles (helping our carbon footprint), and also eliminating stress to the animals.
Transporting animals long distances before slaughter has a detrimental effect on the meat quality. By supporting your local butcher you can be sure of the highest quality produce.
There is an old saying “keep your business in town if you want to keep your town in business”. This is truer today than it ever was, but there are other reasons to buy local when it comes to buying meat.
Your local butcher buys from local farms, and the animals are slaughtered locally which has a direct bearing on meat quality.
So buying locally contributes to the local economy and also ensures the quality of the meat is far superior.