V. Miller Meats, a whole animal butcher shop, is a welcome addition to East Sacramento. It is owned by Eric Miller a former chef who studied the craft of whole animal butchery under a Master Butcher back East.
Sacramento prides itself as the home of “farm to fork” and V. Miller Meats definitely fits the bill. 100% of their meats are from local farms. Their website has information of the local farms they do business with – and more.
Sign up for their mailing list and you will receive the details as to what is on the menu for Thursday night dinner – dinner for two for $25. I have not yet tried V. Miller Meats “take out” dinner – have you?
On my first visit to V. Miller Meats I chose to sample their sausage. They have a varied selection and I finally settled on the sweet Italian and kielbasa. Cindy, who rang up my purchase, wrapped each sausage individually and wrote on the wrapper what it contained so I could tell the two apart. That was very thoughtful and what I call good service. As it turns out Cindy Garcia is the Head Butcher at V. Miller Meats. She earned a degree in Animal Science from U.C. Davis.
The good-sized sausages were expertly spiced and had great flavor and texture. They also had minimal shrinkage when cooked. Next time I have a group of friends over for BBQ I am already envisioning how delicious a sampling of grilled sausages will be served as a pre-dinner appetizer. I have the toothpicks ready to go.
The first time I visited V. Miller Meats I was the only one in the shop, but I was pleased that during subsequent visits that there were other patrons. I have always felt it is important to support small local businesses – if we don’t they will disappear and it will be our collective loss.
Available at V. Miller Meats is pasture raised beef, pork and lamb as well as free range chicken. The fresh sausages mentioned above are house made from locally sourced meats – and the selection changes frequently. Also available are cured meats and charcuterie and deli meats, as well as bone broth, stock, pork lard and beef tallow, compound butters and “Sunday sauce”.
I have tried a variety of V. Miller Meats wares so far – and the quality is top-notch. You may want to stop by and give them a try next time you are in the vicinity.
Tip: There is a small parking lot in back of the building with five spaces – one of which is reserved for the handicapped.
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