Your Butcher is Your Friend

     The Whole Foods meat counter is one of my favorite places.  I know that sounds weird, but when you're picky about your meat and when you can't always get local meat, it's a fabulous place to be.

     I like to buy our chicken there  because it comes from a farm in Indiana where the chickens are pasture-raised and live happy, healthy lives.  The healthier and more free the chickens are, the healthier the meat is for us.  They have everything: bone-in skin-on thighs and breasts, boneless skinless thighs and breasts, whole chickens, a variety of house-made sausages made with both turkey and chicken, ground chicken and turkey thighs, ground chicken and turkey breast, and the list goes on and on!  Of course they also have a great selection of pork, beef, and fish.   But when we eat meat we usually eat chicken so that's what I'm most excited about :) 

     Did you know that your butcher has a lot of awareness about meat and where it comes from? At least at Whole Foods the butchers are full of knowledge of their birds, cows, and pigs.  The first time I realized the extent of the services the butchers provide, it was hands down the highlight of my day. This man was so helpful.  He skinned the bone-in thighs for me, cut up 2 whole chickens  and let me do my shopping while he did the work.  He seemed to know just what I was thinking and so I happily got exactly what I wanted!

     I'm sure this is how most butchers were back in the day, or if there is a specialty meat shop around your house they may provide these services.   When I went to the regular supermarket by my house (Schnucks) and asked the lady behind the meat counter to take the skin off the bone-in chicken breasts, she looked at me like I had 2 heads.  BUT, she kindly did what I asked. So I'm not sure if it wasn't part of her job, or if she's just not used to requests like that.  I figured it didn't hurt to ask.   And it may vary from store to store.  I just love Whole Foods because of the quality of the meat and the friendly service.