Here Are Five Real Ways to Celebrate Meat Month
1. Visit a farm
Take the time to learn a little bit about where your meat comes from. Tour a farm that practices free-range and organic techniques. Consider it a history lesson, too. Most farms in America used to operate this way.
2.Visit a farmers market
If a drive out the the country is too daunting, hit up your local farmers market and at least talk to the guy who raised your hamburger. You could learn about all the hard work it takes to raise animals humanely and perhaps gain a new appreciation for conscientious meat consumption.
3. Learn about labeling
Be sure you read the labels on your products and know what they mean so you can make informed decisions about your purchases. The Humane Society has compiled a list of labeling terms and practical definitions. It's a great place to start.
4. Visit a butcher
For the entire month of January I'm referring to my butcher as the meat man, and I'm celebrating him too. Small, local butchers are more likely to work with small local farms, and high quality products. They'll also introduce you to new proteins and cuts that are far more creative than buffalo burgers.
5. Find recipes that use meat efficiently
You don't have to buy an entire rib roast for a hearty, meaty meal. Those same countries that consume less meat than we do are also great at stretching small, humble cuts into big family meals. Indian curries can turn a single pound of meat into a dinner that will feed a whole family. The French can turn a fatty, gristly rib bone into an amazing stew with potatoes and carrots and other vegetables that are infused with the flavor of beef. Throw in a fancy bottle of wine and you've got an occasion that feels like a real celebration of meat. You'll be celebrating food in general, too.