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  1. Hello, I have been in Istanbul for about 1.5 years. During these days I could never buy good meat! I don't say that meats have bad taste but let's explain more. In AVMs there are two options. First the butcher second is the one you can take from the refrigerator. The second is not what I want since you don't know what it is. But, the advantage of this kind is that they do not have black color. The butcher in AVMs and personal butchers most of the times some part of the meat is black! I don't know. I paid money I expected to have good meat. Maybe it is not a problem and I am sensitive. But, in my country at least the meat has good color. Even though in my country the butcher should know you to sell you a good meat! Maybe here is the same! What should I say while buying meat? Also, what is the name of this meat I attached in turkey? I really want to have beef mea also! https://www.google.com/search?q=beef+eti&client=firefox-b-d&sa=X&biw=1360&bih=604&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=1516DnvneiytWM%3A%2CR1J13xzevDmTaM%2C%2Fm%2F0971v&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kRQCXwsoF6y1zauBnzSYog7NzpcOg&ved=2ahUKEwjF5L2D87bjAhXoxMQBHXJAAroQ_B0wFnoECAkQAw#imgrc=1516DnvneiytWM:
  2. Most every neighborhood in Turkey has a kasap (kah-sahp), or butcher, as do the medium-to-large-sized chain supermarkets such as Migros and Kipa. The selection, and quality, of the meat can vary, so visit a few to find the best place to buy. At the butcher shops you can buy cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, and in some places, turkey. Few butchers sell pork products, but in the tourist towns they often have pork specialty shops which cater to the foreign expat and tourist population. The smaller neighborhood butcher shops usually deliver. Get a business card and then just call them, tell them what you want, and give them your address. They'll bring it to your door. Give a small tip to the delivery person. Here's a guide to Turkish words for the butcher shop which will help you recognize and order what you need. The Meat Grinding Scam If you like lean ground beef or lamb, be aware of this scam. When some butchers or assistants are grinding meat, their body is blocking the machine from your view, so they throw fat or other scraps cut off of previous orders into your order. Or they throw a few scraps into the grinding machine between orders when nobody's around. By passing the meat through the grinder two or three times, the unwanted scraps get so mixed in you can't tell they're there. After they grind it, they package it up (with their body still blocking the view), then turn around and give you your meat in the package. If you later find yourself wondering why your lean ground meat isn't very lean, then this is probably what's happening. One thing you can do to prevent this is to grind your own meat, with an electric meat grinder you can find in any store which sells kitchen appliances. Buy the yağsız kuşbaşı (yaah-sooz koosh-bah-shuh) meat, which is small pieces of stew meat (kışbaşı means "bird's head," which is about the size of the chunks). That way you can clearly see how much fat is in it. Then take your meat and run it through your own meat grinder. Another thing you can do is ask the butcher to run the meat through their grinder only once. If it's presented to you in a package, open it and have a look. That way you can see if fat or other scraps have been tossed in to your order. See Also Shopping Forum: Have a question or comment about shopping in Turkey? Post it in our shopping forum.
  3. Since Turkey is a Muslim country, Pork isn't always easy to find. But some stores which sell pork can be found in the tourism cities and towns along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. There, the Migros and Kipa grocery stores, among others, keep gammon ham, bacon, and sausage in refrigerators separate from the non-pork meats. Unfortunately, pork is more expensive in Turkey than it probably is in your home country, and the bacon is usually higher in fat. Some tourism towns have specialty shops where you can buy much higher quality (and cheaper) pork meats. Since their clientele is almost exclusively foreign, they also have a good assortment of imported cheeses and sauces. Their prices are also better than those at the big supermarkets. See our listings of pork shops in various locations to help you find one near you. The Bacon Run to Greece A fun alternative for buying high-quality and less-expensive pork is to take a ferry, on a day trip, to one of the Aegean or Mediterranean Greek Islands. The ferries usually depart at around 9:00 AM and return at around 5:00 PM. When you land in Greece, enjoy the day. Eat and drink at the restaurants and tour the town. A couple of hours before your ferry departs for Turkey, go to a Greek grocery store, which will have an abundant selection of high-quality pork of all kinds. They'll also have cheeses which are hard to find in Turkey, such as cheddar or Emmental (Swiss) cheese. Don't forget to browse the sauces as well. Bringing Home the Bacon According to Turkish customs, you can bring back into Turkey pork which is in a vacuum-sealed bag, which will cover you for the bacon, but perhaps not for other pork which is not in vacuum-sealed bags. Customs officials have been generous to foreigners who do this bacon run in the past, but is a chance you won't be able to bring back pork in bags which are not vacuum sealed. Ask around about this before you go, or while on the ferry, since doing the monthly bacon run on the ferry is a routine part of expat life in the coastal towns. After you clear customs, take your pork home, break it down into portions, and put it in the freezer until you need it. You can do the same with cheese. See Also Shopping Forum: Have a question or comment about shopping in Turkey? Post it in our shopping forum. Turkey Pork Shop Directory: Contains contact info, descriptions, directions, maps, and photos of all of the pork shops in Turkey (that we know about).
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