Butcher Shop Tips and Tricks from a Pro


With July 4 right around the corner, so are those fun-filled holiday weekend barbecues. But sometimes, a trip to the butcher to pick out the best cuts can be pretty intimidating. Rodney Mills, director of meat and seafood at Sprouts Farmers Market, offers butcher shop tips and tricks help make cooking at home easy and enjoyable.

  • Have your butcher prepare your meat ahead of time. Whether it be a custom cut, seafood seasoning, getting a roast tied or chicken butterflied, these resources from the expertly-trained team at The Butcher Shop at Sprouts will help ease cooking at home.
  • Impress guests and save time with ready-to-cook butcher selections. Sprouts offers carne asada, stuffed and marinated chicken, hamburger patties, cedar plank salmon, kebabs and 20 varieties of fresh pork and chicken sausage ground in-house every day. These offerings completely cut down your prep time and make for an easy and stunning supper at home.
  • If you don’t see what you want, just ask! Sprouts’ butchers will happily make special orders upon request.
  • Try something new. With grilling season in full swing, a cut of grass-fed beef offers more nutritional benefits and has a meatier, more pure taste. Many Sprouts stores also offer USDA Prime Beef which is typically reserved for white tablecloth restaurants. If you’re unsure of how to cook something at home, just ask or call us.
  • When it comes to meat, fresh is best. Sprouts’ butchers hand cut and grind fresh, never frozen beef, chicken and pork several times every day to ensure our shoppers take home a high-quality and delicious product.
  • Keep fresh meat cold until it’s time to cook. This can be especially tricky during hot Valley summers, but if you have a long drive home, our butchers can pack your meat and seafood on ice to keep it cold.
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