I always learn something new! I was talking to my local meat counter butcher and found out something VERY interesting!
Last week Harris Teeter had bags of EZ Peel Shrimp on sale B2G3 Free. They were $31 each 2 lb bag making them $6.20/lb. I didn’t feel like I really wanted to spend $62 on shrimp so when I saw that they were going to have shrimp on sale for $4.99/lb the next week (running 1/15-1/21) I decided I would buy 2 lbs this week.
I headed over to the meat counter and asked for 2 pounds of the $4.99/lb shrimp. Then the butcher tells me something interesting, “Do you know that the frozen bags actually have 2.5 lbs?” Ummm. No I didn’t!. He says that they add the extra 1/2 pound to compensate for the weight of ice but that usually the ice weight is so minimal it’s like getting an extra 1/2 pound of shrimp!
Then he goes on to tell me that the “fresh” shrimp that I was asking for- it’s the EXACT same shrimp from those bags. “We cut the bags open, rinse them with water to defrost them and put them in the display here.”
So that “fresh” shrimp isn’t really fresh. In all fairness no where did the sign on the meat counter say “fresh” shrimp but I always just assumed (which we all know isn’t the smartest thing to do!)
So, what did I learn today?
- “Fresh” meats in the counter display is the often same exact meat as what is in the packaged meats displays at a different price. (Did you know that the packaged chicken breast at Harris Teeter is often $5.99/lb but the SAME chicken in the ‘fresh’ meat counter is $1.99/lb EVERYDAY…yup.)
- You can often get “extra” in the prepackaged/frozen bags of shrimp.
- Pay attention in the store. Check out all the options: Frozen, “fresh”, brand and generic.
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