After taking a look at these markups, you might want to invest in a good set of knives. You will come out with more money in your pocket.
Presliced or Chopped Ready to Use Produce
Produce that has been presliced, prechopped, or diced for consumers will cost on average 35% more than buying the whole vegetable or fruit. Often it is even more if artfully packaged with other precut veggies that are packaged to go with a whole dish like stew or kebabs. Shoppers pay for a convenience that takes no more than five minutes to do. Worth it? Only you can answer that.
Cubed, Presliced Meat or Poultry
The markup is 30% to 60% more for precut or precubed meats.
Beef steak is usually marked up 40% to 50%; some cheaper cuts, such as round and chuck meat, are marked up as much as 60%. Lesser cuts of meat, those typically cut into pieces for stir-fries or stews are marked up as much as 300% !!!
COOK'S TIP: It is much easier to slice thin slices of meat or poultry if you place in the freezer and until it just begins to become firm but not frozen through.
Nice plus for dieters: It is easier to remove the fat from the whole piece of meat than those small pieces.
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