Goodbye summer, hello hearty stews : Tips on buying the right meat

I am sad to say goodbye to summer but as much as I loved the bright and light meals I am looking forward to the hearty meals that cold weather brings. Think of delicious chicken soup, spicy chili served with warm crusty bread or a hearty beef stew with rice…yum. 
The next time you are sulking about cold weather why not head to the market and grab ingredients for your favorite stew, serve it in a cute bowl, grab a soft throw blanket, turn on your favorite TV show and pour yourself a nice glass of red wine. Love it!
Tips on buying the right meat
Always buy fresh meat and make sure the meat is bright red not brown as that is a sign of stale meat. The texture of the meat should be firm and moist, if its silky and slimy it is past its prime. Another great indicator of good meat is smell. If it does not smell fresh do not buy it even if the sale price is tempting. 
If you are not sure what cuts to buy for your stew or braised meat, I have a few examples for you below…happy shopping!
– Short ribs
– Shank
– Oxtail (try it, its delicious)
– Chuck
– Top round 
– Bottom round roast
Stay tuned for great fall and winter recipes like the this delicious beef stew above. 

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