National Butchers Week (8-14 March) has arrived, and despite most people having a butcher local to them selling high quality meats, many of us are still unsure what questions to ask or what they can buy from them.
Occasions like Mother’s Day can be a hard one for people to decide what to cook, so Barry Green from Cairngorm Butchers in Grantown-on-Spey, which is a member of the Scotch Butchers Club, has shared his top tips on which cuts of meat to buy this year and how to enjoy them:
- If you fancy something a bit different from the usual beef Sunday roast, I would suggest going for a Scotch Beef prime rib cut which you can season up nicely and cook away on the barbecue while you serve your mum a nice glass of wine. For a medium rare cook, aim for 30 to 40 minutes.
- There’s nothing tastier than a Scotch Lamb shoulder stuffed with Mediterranean style cous cous and served with a side of your favourite vegetables – then you can dream of laying in the sun while you enjoy it!
- Belly and loin are my two favourite Specially Selected Pork cuts, best enjoyed as a roast with some potatoes and greens. These are tastiest after a low and slow cook.
But if you still need help knowing your belly from your breast, your rump from your chump, or your shank from your sirloin, we have a cuts guide which can help you with just that. It suggests a quantity to order, provides an idea of the price range and even recommends recipes based on what you have chosen.
With research showing that almost four in five Scots (79%) agree that it is important to keep supporting local suppliers as we continue coming out of lockdowns, there has never been a better reason to shop at your local Scotch butcher, where you can be assured that the meat you are buying is of top quality and supports local producers.
So, all you need to do now is pop down and buy what you need or give your butcher a call and ask to have it delivered to your door. Find your local butcher here.