Part 1- The Local Meat Locker
June 30, 2010
Introduction, I introduced you to the W & W Meat Locker, which is located on State Road 16, just east of the intersection with State Road 105. Just a rifle shot south of Bippus. Well, a big rifle, like a .50 cal.
When you enter the shop, you are looking directly over the counter into the cutting room. When I visited there were five people working, one running the band saw, three using fillet knives to separate the fat and bone from the beef, and one person wrapping.
Above is a front quarter that will be custom cut. This beef is being cut for a local farmer. If you know a farmer that raises cattle, hogs or sheep, you can have him deliver an animal to the folks at W & W, and specify how you prefer it cut and packaged. If you don’t know a local producer, these fine fellows will help you to find what you are looking for.
This beef will be turned into arm and chuck roast, swiss cube steak, burger and stew meat from the brisket. The machine in the far corner of the above picture is what I would call the hamburger machine; it grinds the meat that is not steak, roast or stew meat, and smaller portions, into burger. The metal tray in the front of that picture is where the wrapper-person places each wrapped portion, until it is placed in the meat locker, which is immediately to the left of where I stood to take these pictures.
Before I close Part 1, I want to publicly apologize to the fellow that moves the packaged meat into cold storage, since I managed to get in his way about 7 out of 8 times that he needed to pass me in doing his job. Sorry.
So that’s it for Part 1. Come back soon, there is a WHOLE lot more to follow.