Do you ever wonder why there are so many names for steaks? There's sirloin, tenderloin, chops and so many others. These are essentially the type of cuts that a butcher makes out of meat coming from different parts of the animal. Butchery is also an art, you see. However, a butcher's success does not only depend on his skill in butchery. It also depends on the supplies that he uses.
Whether you are a newbie who would like to get into the butchery business or just someone who wants to have complete butcher supplies in your home, here are few tips that you should know:
- Butcher Block - The butcher block is the perfect place to cut meat rather than an ordinary chopping board. When buying a butcher block, keep in mind that the block should be made of hard wood, preferably maple wood. The butcher block's surface should be one that is protected with mineral oil or paraffin. Having this protective layer prevents bacteria from seeping into the wood. The height of the butcher block should be comfortable, probably up to your waist. The surface should be around 18 square inches to give you enough room not only for cutting but also for setting aside the meat that is already cut. A knife rack or slot attached to it would be great, too.
- Butcher Knives - Consider buying knives from a reputable manufacturer. Forschner knives are excellent as the company is a sister of Victorinox, the maker of Swiss Army knives. For starters, you can have a standard butcher knife plus a handful of others like a 6-inch flexible curved blade knife, an 8-inch breaking knife and a 6-inch skinning knife.
- Knife Sharpener - You can never do without a knife sharpener for maintaining the sharpness of your knives. You can buy a steel knife sharpener if you are low on your budget but you might risk ruining some of your excellent knives while doing so. A better option is to buy an electric knife sharpener.
- Bone Saw - This tool is used by butchers to dismember large portions of carcass. The result is cleaner compared to using an axe or a meat cleaver. Buy one that is around 25 inches and you can stock up on a replacement blade or two.
- Safety Clothing - An apron will only protect your clothes from getting smothered in blood and meat juices. Buy a steel glove to protect your hands from cuts. Choose a pair of metal mesh gloves that are made of stainless steel since you will be washing it after using it.
- Meat Hook - Have a 6-inch stainless steel hook handy. You can also consider buying a specialized liver hook.
- Meat Grinder - Find a meat grinder that is made of stainless steel and is fully automated. The pan should be one that can hold large amounts of meat. Cleaning should also be a breeze.
As a butcher, you should know how to select the finest tools to help you in your work. With these tips in mind, you can be sure that you will never go wrong in buying the butcher supplies that you need.