Meat counter intelligence at U

  • Article by: PETER FUNK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 6, 2012 - 7:14 AM

At the University of Minnesota meat lab, students learn how to process animals for meat, from start to finish. Their products are available to consumers, too.

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mensanMar. 6, 12 8:34 AM

The article doesn't mention if the beef is grass-fed...

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zucchiniMar. 6, 1210:33 AM

This article makes me hungry for a juicy, bloody ribeye.

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JamLadyMar. 6, 12 2:39 PM

Now you've done it! That was one of the best kept "secrets" around! Now they'll probably be inundated with customers. Damn!!

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evenmorejustMar. 6, 12 6:09 PM

They paid money to learn this?? Read a book. This type of class used to be call Vo-Tech at two year schools!

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jugdisheMar. 6, 12 6:36 PM

you cant beat their meat

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idrivefastMar. 6, 12 8:50 PM

@evenmorejust: "They paid money to learn this?? Read a book. This type of class used to be call Vo-Tech at two year schools!"

You would be surprised. Butchering is quickly becoming a lost art. Go walk into your local Rainbow, Cub or Lunds and ask the butcher to break you off a fresh tri tip steak. Don't be surprised if the guy behind the counter backpedals and says they don't "offer" tri tip since it doesn't come pre-cut like that.

More on topic, I'll have to check this place out. I will always be loyal to the grave to Everett's on 38th & Cedar, but it's always nice to have a backup.

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elementxMar. 6, 1210:02 PM

My father is a journeyman meat cutter. He works at Jerry's in Edina. It really is a lost art. I remember one time he told me his work hired a women and all the guys behind the counter were dumbstruck. It's hard work but it pays well. My father learned at a butcher when he got out of high school. He never went to college and kept our family fed with the best cuts of meat his store got in! Growing up I never respected my father's hard work but now that I'm older, I really appreciate him and other butchers.

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JamLadyMar. 6, 1210:15 PM

Everett's is good and I'm partial to Ready Meats on 35th & Johnson NE, Mpls. Cub (at least some stores) have meatcutters, too.

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