If your meat-buying routine just involves pointing at the meat you want in the butcher case and saying, "that one", you can brush up on the finer points of meat purchasing with these tips.
If you've never put much thought into buying meat you're not alone. What distinguishes one meat from another after all? If you're looking in the glass case at the butcher you can check a few things before requesting a cut of meat. Over at the culinary blog TheKitchn they highlight several tips including this one:
Texture - We also look at the grain of the meat (the direction of the muscle fibers) and how tight or uniform this looks. If the fibers are broken, very loose, or uneven, these can be more signs of poor handling or just poor quality meat.
So whether the meat got neglected before or after butchering you can skip a cut that looks like it just came down off a rough night in Vegas. For more tips check out the full article at the link below or sound off in the comments with a tip or two of your own.
What to Look for When Buying Meat [TheKitchn]