Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Where's all the beef?

Speaking of Texas, and food... Where's all the beef, Poland? Hmmm....?

I mean, they have cows in Poland, they exist, they are raised for milk and other dairy products, so where are the steak houses, the Bar-B-Q joints, the meatballs?!

Martin and I have had many a discussion about this topic. Mainly centered around the idea of opening an awesome, lovely, simple steak house. Much like one of those places that only serves 5 different cuts of steak, maybe one choice of seafood and 5 sides. Simple, and good. But where do you get the beef? Will Polish people even solicit such a restaurant? (My idea is to scrap the steak house and go for a simple and delicious Bar-B-Q joint...who doesn't like good bar-b-que)!?

So, we took the idea to my dad, a connoisseur of steak grilling and he later sent me this article (emphasis mine)...

Beef prices set to increase in Poland

3rd April 2012
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Beef producers in Poland, concerned that domestic consumers currently lag behind their European counterparts in terms of beef consumption, are planning to increase prices, reported Puls Biznesu.
Their representatives claim that Polish beef is the healthiest and most delicious in the world. However, despite this, Poles eat on average 3 kg of beef per year, compared to 15 kg per capita for the average EU citizen.
And although experts say that low consumption is a result of high beef prices, producers are seeking to increase prices even further in order to finance the implementation of their own QMP quality control process, with the support of the Polish government and the EU. This is in order to change consumer perceptions and change Poles' eating habits, so they buy more high-end beef products such as entrecôte or roast beef.
“Consumer studies show that customers are likely to pay more for meat that's of better quality. QMP beef is more expensive by up to 30 percent, but you pay for quality,” said Jerzy Wierzbicki, chairman of the Polish Association of Meat Producers.

From Warsaw Business Journal

entrecôte = fancy French word for steak
(I simply will not address the statement in bold. Clearly "their representatives are wrong. Clearly).
It appears that there is a chance that beef may become more popular in Poland sooner rather than later but it will be more expensive? And that will make people want to buy it more? I guess because then people will think it's super special and be more tempted to try it? I don't know...
 Well, it's something I guess. 
All I know is that I *will* be making spaghetti sauce *and* meatballs. And those meatballs will be made out of pork *and* beef. And if I can't find ground beef at the nearest butcher, I'll buy whatever parts of the cow they have available, I'll whip out my in-law's manual poppy seed grinding machine, and I will grind that beef up like it's nobody's business! Because the poppy seed grinding machine would work, right? The plan is a good one, right?! I will be able to make meatballs and lasagna and awesome spaghetti sauce, right?!!!
So, what's the word, my readers... beef? Where can I get some and what condition will it be in when I obtain it?


  1. I don't recall ground beef being popular... most of my family seems to grind it up at home (for perogi mostly). But you shouldn't have problems getting quality beef once you find a good butcher shop. :)

    1. Good. All I need to know is that it's on hand and easily obtained, I can take it from there. :)

  2. You'll easily find a good quality beef in Poland. Just need to go to the butcher and pick yourself a piece you like.
    There are restaurants where you have steak in menu. However, if you like your steak kinda bloody, then they may not know how to prepare it correctly.
    There are also some steak houses.For example, 'Sioux' specializes in american and mexican cuisine.

  3. If you go to a real butcher, they will grind the cut of meat of your choosing in front of you. It's great :)

    1. This is all I need to know. Anxiety decreased. ;) Now, do they have canned clams?

    2. Yes, they have canned clams:)

    3. Yay! That was one my mother-in-law thought would be there but just wasn't sure.

  4. The main problem is the high price of beef comparing to other meat. Beef tendorloin cost 67 zł/kg, entrecote 27 zł/kg, roast beef 28 zł/kg. Chicken breast 15 zł/kg, pork chop 18 zł/kg.

    Opening restaurant can be good choice. Specially, because there are not a lot of restaurants which are good in the beef steaks.

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