Score The Freshest Meat With These Insider Tips

The best dishes are always made with the best ingredients.

There are two important components to cooking: your skill and your ingredients. That’s why it’s so important that when you cook, you know how and where to get the best ingredients: this includes getting the best meat possible! The best part is that you don’t have to buy especially expensive meat; you just need to know these tips.

Why is fresh meat so important?

Fresh meat for one is almost always better than frozen! The flavor and texture that fresh meat can offer make a difference.  However, fresh meat is also more prone to contaminants if left exposed to the elements for too long. They also sell fast, meaning, if you’re late to the party, all you’ll get are leftovers. Nobody wants to be left with less than ideal meat.

Here are the insider tips to score the freshest meat:

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1 This is the most important tip of all: ask your butcher when fresh meat is delivered.

You’d think it was some trade secret, but you can actually find out when meat is the freshest by simply asking the butchers at your favorite grocery store when the meat is delivered. These are often regularly scheduled.


When we asked the butchers at these supermarkets, Rustan’s Market Fresh in Shangrila Mall claims to stock up on pork and beef consistently every other day. On the other hand, SM Megamall’s Hypermarket has its meats delivered every Tuesday and Thursday. If you want fresh meat every day of the week, you can score those at Unimart, Greenhills which restocks its butchery every single day.

2 Shop in the morning if you can!

The best time to shop for meat is in the morning. That’s because meat deliveries usually come in before the grocery even opens—unless they’re especially late. Also, groceries are usually open at an earlier hour compared to the rest of the mall so often, the best meat cuts are gone by night time.

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3 Got no time but still want fresh meat? You can have it delivered.

You can actually order specific cuts of meat, even hard to find ones and have it delivered to your doorstep. This will also save you the worry about meat degrading during traveling. Another great thing about meat deliveries is that it’s not part of the groceries, meaning they’re really focused on one thing: delivering quality meat.


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Don’t forget these tips the next time you’re at the groceries! Every meaty, delicious dish will thank you!


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