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In a bid to help consumers stretch their meat dollar in the face of rising food prices, the American Meat Institute (AMI) introduced a free 20-page brochure featuring tips about shopping, leveraging sales, and buying and freezing family packs of meat.
The free booklet also offers consumers tips on reinventing leftovers so they are more interesting to the family; as well as how to shop for and use value cuts of beef and pork like the pork picnic or the beef chuck cuts.
The brochure features six recipes: Spicy Country Style, Pork Ribs, Italian Kabobs, Hearty Beef and Beer Stew, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Szechuan Pork Stir Fry, Eye of Round Beef Roast with Herbs and Roast Beef Quesadillas.
"Consumers are struggling to make ends meet in the face of higher gas prices and higher food prices," said AMI spokeswoman Janet Riley. "But strategic shopping and recipes featuring delicious and nutritious value cuts at the meat counter can make the meat dollar go further."
Riley said that prices are rising in part because corn, a key feed for livestock and poultry, is being diverted into ethanol production to meet congressionally mandated ethanol use targets. These policies have driven corn to record high levels.
"When the food we feed our livestock rises dramatically, the meat they produce also rises in price," said Riley. "It's a difficult situation for consumers on a budget."
As the latest addition to the Institute's consumer-focused Meat Matters series, the new brochure is available in hard copy from the association, and also on its Web site, meatmattersinfo.com.