This post contains an unsolicited plug. I just bought this piece of meat at my local makolet, Super Turgeman. It is a #2/Tzlaot, or Chuck Blade Roast. Actually, in this case, it’s pretty much an entire chuck top. They have a selection that was quite surprising, and the prices are suspiciously reasonable [jk – Ed.]. But more on the prices later.
There is a label wedged into the folds of meat on the bottom that says “without added chemicals or water.” See the photo inside the post. Who cares about the chemicals? No added water? Huzzah!
Some of the meat already say Kosher for Passover. What??! Already!!?! Cue the panic scene!
So we have a 3kg piece of meat currently thawing that my wife is eyeing with uncertainty, my cat with lust, my teenagers with impatience, and I with curiosity. Now what?
This was meant to be a short blog piece that turned into a longer one, which I am now splitting into two posts. The actual preparation/cooking post will come later. This post is back to being about buying this cut of meat.
Is meat really an expensive luxury in Israel? A whole chicken is ₪10/kg at on sale at the supermarket. They go on sale pretty regularly, they’re almost always fresh, they feed two to four people pretty easily. To be a fair and equitable comparison however, 100% edible boneless chicken meat (breast, pargiot) is also in the ₪30-₪50 per kg range, so if you can’t do your own butchering, chicken is effectively the same price as beef, feeding the same number of people. If you’re buying ₪100 worth of chicken for a meal, why aren’t you considering buying meat? It will feed the same number of people, provide nutrients that chicken doesn’t and will most definitely NOT taste like chicken.
I also squirreled away a #6 that was on sale, for another day [and another post or two]. It’s a much smaller piece, weighing just barely over a kilo, so it won’t feed as many people. I challenge you to find me a sit-down kosher restaurant on the planet that will serve you and your plus one a beef main each for ₪35/$10 total [If your local burger pit is your idea of good food, I’m not quite sure why you’re reading this blog. I’m also not sure if it technically counts as ‘beef’]. Yes, I cook restaurant quality food, but that’s sort of the point of my blog: so can you.
If you are within driving distance of Neve Daniel, and you are looking for Shabbat/Purim/Pesach meat, I strongly urge you to come here and shop. You might even run into me. To the gentlemen who run the makolet, keep up the good work. If your strategy is low prices and volume sales, you’re already ahead of the curve.