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MANAGING HOME: BUYING MARK DOWNED MEAT

Having a grocery budget doesn’t leave me much room to buy expensive cuts of meat. I have even taken an alternative route by cooking meatless meals a couple of times a week. Another thing that I do is buy meat when it is marked down. Buying reduced meat is another way to cut costs in your grocery bill.

There are several steps you have to follow to safely, and effectively, buy, store and use mark downed meat.

BUYING THE MEAT
First thing first, you have to find out when your local grocery store marks down their meat. You can do this one of two ways:

  1. Ask someone in your grocery store meat department when they mark down their old meat and bring in fresh meat.
  2. Make several different trips to the grocery store throughout the week to see if you can catch discounted meat on display.
I have personally found the best prices on mark downed meat in the morning the day of a fresh meat shipment. I have gotten a six pack of pork chops for just $1.25 and packages of chicken breast for even less.
  • When you are looking at mark downed meat, inspect it closely. Make sure there is no discoloration in the meat and that the seal on the package isn’t broken. If the meat has any sign of a green tint to it, then don’t buy it.
  • Pay close attention to the expiration date on the package. Make sure that it’s dated to expire on the day of or the next day. If the expiration date is past due, then don’t buy it.
STORING THE MEAT
Proper storage of mark downed meat is very important. I can honestly say that the worst thing to do is to freeze, and then unfreeze, spoiled meat.
  • When you get the meat home, take it out of the grocery store packaging and smell it to make sure it doesn’t have a foul odor to it.
      If you do happen to open the package and the meat is spoiled, just return it to your grocery store, along with the original packaging, and they should issue you a full refund.
  • Once you have inspected your meat, you can do one of two things:
    1. Freeze your meat right away. Don’t let your m eat sit out longer then necessary. Pack it in a Ziploc freezer bag, squeeze as much air of the bag as possible and place the meat in the freezer.
    2. Prepare your meat ahead of time or your meals and then freeze it. If you’ve purchased hamburger meat, you can go ahead and make meatballs to be put in the freezer. Or you can scramble it and freeze it to be used in casseroles later on as well.
USING THE MEAT
When getting ready to use your mark downed meat, make sure you defrost it properly.
  • Sit the meat on your kitchen counter and allow it to defrost at room temperature. Don’t try to speed up the defrosting process by putting it in the microwave or placing it in hot water.
  • Cook your meat as soon as it is defrosted. Don’t allow it to sit out longer then necessary and don’t try to refreeze it.
Using meat that has been reduced for sale at your grocery store is a great way to save money with your food budget. As long as you inspect the meat and store it properly there is no harm in buying, and using, almost expired meat.

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One Comment

  1. I’ve started buying everything in bulk or in quantity when it’s on sale and freezing it. Thanks for the great tips on purchasing meat!

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