Cut of the Month: Skirt Steak

The Lobel family of Lobel’s Prime Meats in Manhattan and Lobel’s of New York online butcher shop are fourth- and fifth-generation butchers. With our Cut of the Month series, we will bring you their wealth of knowledge and expertise on specific cuts of meat, including their unique characteristics, preparation methods, and how to select the best cut.

Skirt steak is the traditional choice for fajitas and a wonderful cut for a myriad of steak salads. Skirt steak is best cooked quickly and sliced across the grain.

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Looking Forward to the Sixth Generation of Lobels

With the sixth generation of Lobels poised to enter the work force, perhaps a few of them will find their way into the beloved 600-square-foot butcher shop on Madison Avenue that has remained a family tradition for more than 60 years.

 

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Get Your Taste Buds Ready for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates the victory of Mexican forces over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

While celebrated only regionally in Mexico, this holiday is often observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture in the United States.

Why not bring the festivities into your kitchen as well with some south-of-the-border flavor? We’ve got plenty of great selections for the occasion, plus delicious video recipes and culinary DIY guides.

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Culinary Classic: Carnitas

One of the staples of Mexican cuisine is the slow-cooked pork dish that originated in the state of Michoacán, known as carnitas.

The traditional method of preparation calls for braising a pork shoulder in lard until tender, much in the same way the French make confit, in which duck or chicken is simmered in duck fat until tender.

The literal translation of the word carnitas is “little meats.” The preferred cut for authentic carnitas is well-marbled pork shoulder, or Boston butt, which is cut into largish chunks of about 2 inches.

Photo courtesy of Pork Checkoff. For more information about pork, visit pork.org.

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You Know You Really, REALLY Love Garlic When…

National Garlic Day in April 19th. Garlic is a flavorful and versatile seasoning found in cuisines all over the world, from Italian to Asian and everything in between. You would be hard pressed to find a savory recipe that doesn’t call for at least a little garlic.

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A Long-Standing Family Business Remembers Previous Generations

Although Stanley Lobel never knew his grandfather Nathan, he describes how he slaughtered his own farm-raised steers and delivered cuts of meat to neighbors and residents in the town of Scharnitz, Austria, where Nathan grew up. Stanley’s grandfather was one of six children and along with being a farmer and butcher, he also served as mayor of his small European town in the late 1800s.

Morris Lobel

Morris Lobel

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The Ultimate Breakfast Guide

We love breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day! To honor this crucial meal, we’ve compiled all of our best breakfast resources so you can start your day with a wonderful home-cooked breakfast.

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Celebrate Spring Holidays with these 3 Recipes!

Spring is officially here! We see the tell-tale signs—the weather is getting warmer, the foliage is getting greener, and it’s almost time for Easter and Passover.

The most memorable way to celebrate these spring holidays is with family, friends, and great food. We’ve compiled 3 great recipes for oh-so-perfect springtime dishes for your holiday feasts.

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Remembering Leon Lobel

“Dad was the best butcher and teacher I ever had,” remembers Evan Lobel of his father Leon who passed away 12 years ago.

Working together in the small 600-square-foot space was like a perfectly orchestrated dance—each would anticipate the other’s moves, and to this day Evan feels extremely lucky and grateful to have had so many memorable moments working so closely with his father.

Leon and Evan

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Ask the Butcher: What’s your favorite breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s essential to fuel up first thing in the morning so you have enough energy to make it through a long, busy day. With myriad breakfast selections to choose from, we asked the Lobel family of master butchers to tell us about their favorite breakfasts.

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