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Butcher stations Migros Coop

What's the deal with the big Butcher-stations at Migros and Coop? I've seen them openly getting packages off the (refrigerated) shelf, opening them up and, laying the fish/meat on their counters.



They can cut chunks of meat at this counter for you and make em smaller/boneless. Does this cost us more?
Even chicken legs are placed here the same way. Chicken legs (Unterschenkel) cannot be cut any further, but still they're here?



So they're obviously not more fresh than whats on the shelves
Isn't it more expensive here, than on the shelves?
Is there anything we get here, that's not on the shelves?






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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

Some years ago Coop was caught taking expiring meat in packages from the shelves and selling it from the butcherís counter.

I havenít bought from a butcherís counter at a supermarket since.
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

Go to your locally owned independent butcher ... there are some Migros and Coop that have decent butchers, but they are few and far between... they are usually at the premium city center locations. (Big Coop and Migros here in downtown Bern have excellent butchers, honestly impressive considering other experiences I've had.)

I once got yelled at at Migros after spending 80 CHF on a massive piece of organic salmon, as I asked the fishmonger to divide them in two pieces and package them separately (one package was to go into the freezer). Zero customer service, quality isn't usually better and it can cost more.
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

Can't give an opinion on Migros, but at Coop they are just normal butchers, normally - you can order your plate for fondue chinoise in advance, you can ask for any bit of the animal your OH has requested in whatever weight and cut is on your list (for the price of an arm and a leg I might add).

As to packaging, I have only seen them packaging fresh cuts and labelling them for sale. Also they take packs of sausage slices and give them to unsuspecting kids, that makes laugh.
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

YMMV... at various Migros butchers, I've....
  • asked for and bought various cuts of meat that aren't on the shelves.
  • reserved a thanksgiving turkey (expensive)
  • bought boneless chicken thighs (also expensive - and sadly, they may no longer be carried by Migros). But I watched a youtube video - deboning chicken thighs doesn't look all that complicated.
  • had them go in the back and bring me a brisket
  • had them thinly slice ribeye for me so I could make a Philly cheesesteak (I think they may no longer have slicers).
  • had them prepare Fondue Chinous for me (careful... be specific about what cut of meat you want - once they served me beef and veal fillet --> also expensive).
  • chosen very nice steaks that aren't available on the shelves - and had them cut for me. (guess what, also expensive)
  • ordered spareribs that aren't marinated so I can use my (mostly) delicious homemade bbq sauce, instead of the standard Migros marinade that's on practically everything in this country.
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

I live in Basel... what's all this about Swiss 'butchers' ?
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

In my big COOP the butcher counter contains about 3/4 of meats not found on the shelves. The things that are on the shelves are priced the same, in my experience. Our butcher counter also has an ageing cabinet full of bone in rib of beef.

I must say that, in my COOP the butchers seem very skilled and care about the produce they sell.

FYI, not sure if this is across the board, but my COOP butcher is also happy to vacuum pack anything that I buy.
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In my big COOP the butcher counter contains about 3/4 of meats not found on the shelves. The things that are on the shelves are priced the same, in my experience. Our butcher counter also has an ageing cabinet full of bone in rib of beef.

I must say that, in my COOP the butchers seem very skilled and care about the produce they sell.

FYI, not sure if this is across the board, but my COOP butcher is also happy to vacuum pack anything that I buy.
Same here.
And they will order in stuff that they donít routinely stock.
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Same here.
And they will order in stuff that they donít routinely stock.
Same with Manor.

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Same with Manor.

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Indeed.
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

... and usually the meat is packaged in a tiny plastic bag so that you donít have all the waste as when you buy off the shelf.
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

I buy my meat 99% of the time from the butcher counter at Coop or Migros (as well as Jelmoli and Globus). I prefer to buy exactly the quantity I want, rather than buy the pre-packaged meat which can be too much or too little for what I need.

As others have mentioned, there is also more variety available at the butcher counter - they sell cuts of meat which you can't find pre-packaged.

They're also happy to de-bone almost anything, and you can also place special orders for Christmas etc.

I did see them once open some packages of chicken thighs from the fridge section to re-sell over the counter, but they were de-boning them in the process.

Otherwise, I highly recommend shopping at the butcher counter, as well as the fish counter! I've only ever had great customer service from them.
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Some years ago Coop was caught taking expiring meat in packages from the shelves and selling it from the butcherís counter.

I havenít bought from a butcherís counter at a supermarket since.
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

Migros and Coop butchers are fine, and usually more than happy to prep meat for you, wrapped it ready for the freezer, etc.

The only thing they ask is for you to not expect them to slice fondue chinoise, de-bone a dozen chicken thighs, or other similar time consuming jobs during busy periods such as a Saturday morning!!
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... and usually the meat is packaged in a tiny plastic bag so that you donít have all the waste as when you buy off the shelf.
Unless of course they've taken it off the shelf and thrown away the packaging...
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Unless of course they've taken it off the shelf and thrown away the packaging...
When I ask for stuff, they go to the back, bring out a large sous-vide pack, and cut me what I want, unless the animal is already hanging from a hook.

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When I ask for stuff, they go to the back, bring out a large sous-vide pack, and cut me what I want, unless the animal is already hanging from a hook.

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Hope you check the date on the pack
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Re: Butcher stations Migros Coop

They NEVER put dates on the stuff they sell from the counter. If you ask they will say, without consulting anything, that it’s good for a few days.

That’s why I go to a local butcher who can tell me when the animal was slaughtered, which farm it was raised on, and the name of the farmer.
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.... Also they take packs of sausage slices and give them to unsuspecting kids, that makes laugh.
That is an old tradition, the butchers would give us a slice of Cervelat when we were in their shop. And I tell you, that was highly appreciated as a kid.

I'm surprised they still do that, I've not seen it in decades.
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That is an old tradition, the butchers would give us a slice of Cervelat when we were in their shop. And I tell you, that was highly appreciated as a kid.

I'm surprised they still do that, I've not seen it in decades.
When we lived in Belp, the butcher would always give us a slice of cervelat for our dog, sitting outside. I really liked that butcher.
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