Being a Meat Cutter Around the Holidays|Blogmas

12 Days of Blogmas

By the looks of the title I’m sure A LOT of you already know where I am going with this…Customers are the absolute worst this time of year!!! I work in the meat department as a meat cutter and people sure do get sore about finding that perfect turkey or that 8 Rib Standing Roast that doesn’t exist. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many people I have had to explain that one too.

Compared to Christmas, Thanksgiving is a breeze because all we do is hand out turkeys. Christmas is where people get creative and order Rib Roasts, Turkeys, Hams, Fish, you name it I’ve got an order for it! At my store this year we are actually carrying a traditional Prime Rib Roast, for $12.99 per pound, and you will not believe how many people don’t understand when I try to explain to them the different grades of beef.

Prime is top of the line, the good stuff you find in fancy restaurants. Second best is Choice, $5.97 per pound, which is what majority of grocery stores carry. Lastly there is Select which is considered the lowest grade of beef you can find, if you look at a select rib eye there is hardly any fat running through the grains which is what you want in a good rib eye.

Anyways, when you try to tell a customer they’ve been eating second grade beef this whole time they act like you’ve been feeding them garbage. *major eye roll* Then there’s always that poor husband who the wife sent to order their roast and he has no idea what he’s ordering so he ends up having to call her and ask a million questions. On rib roasts there is a general rule of thumb for ordering. Usually you want to figure two people per rib and that will give you a little extra on the side as well (4 people = 2 rib).


Lets talk turkey! Do you really want turkey after you just feasted on one for Thanksgiving? Go for a ham or Rib Roast instead, they are much better and aren’t as dry. When ordering a turkey consider about a pound per person unless you are doing something else like a ham or rib roast. Plus you must account for the bones and the loss of meat from not carving every piece out of every nook and cranny on the turkey.

I wish I had some recipes to share but this will be my first year making a Christmas Ham but I think I’m going to try for the traditional pineapple garnishing and hopefully the ham I buy comes with a nice bourbon glaze packet. Fingers crossed!

What have we learned in this post:

  • Two people per Rib
  • Prime is top of the line and will cost more
  • Choice is still delicious, I never met a steak I didn’t like!
  • Don’t ask for a certain weight unless its boneless
  • Cradling is when the bone is removed and tied back on with string
  • Getting your roast cradled is the way to go
  • Ham is smoked…that also means cooked.
  • Can we crack & clean your crab? Yes, but we really don’t want to haha
  • If we don’t have the specific size turkey you want, please understand we don’t catch them ourselves.
  • Turkeys are also limited, don’t expect the perfect turkey on Christmas Eve without ordering.
  • One pound per person on Turkey

I hope this helps you when you go to order your holiday feast and if you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment or email me and I will be happy to help. I’ve had to explain the grades of beef about 20 times this week already and each time makes more and more sense haha. I’m practically a pro! Happy Holidays & see you tomorrow!




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