I Really Really Really Should Stop

Going to Costco when I’m hungry. But, since I’m hungry all the time, that’s probably a bit much to ask. My latest adventure in shopping excess happened on Thursday, when I popped into Costco just to buy some whole chickens, at only .89/lb, for grilling and beer canning. Or at least that’s what I thought I was going to buy. Ah, but the Gods of Gluttony had other plans for my arteries…

Look at that beauty. Nearly 15 lbs of untrimmed New York Strip glory!

How could a feller say no? Hell, why would a feller say no?
Based on my previous success trimming out a whole tenderloin I felt up to the task…
My first problem was that the slab-o-beef was bigger than my cutting board, so let’s hack this baby into more manageable halves

As you can see there’s a goodly-sized fat cap that needs to be trimmed off, so fir…what are you peeking at, dog?

New York Strip is people food. People food. P-E-O-

P-L oh all right but I want you to count to 10 first in Labradorian before you dive in

Excellent. What happened to your tail?

Now that that’s out of the way I could trim the fat and slice off a bunch of steaks, each one about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches thick…oh yeah

Now that’s a tower of power! I got 12 steaks, each one weighing roughly a pound trimmed, which is enough for at least four meals for us. The price worked out to about $7 per steak, which is pretty good. Using the ever-handy (and cheap) Ziplock Vacuum sealer I packed 9 steaks away for the freezer

and kept 3 out for dinner, coated them liberally with Montreal seasoning

and opened up a bottle of McManis Cab to marinate myself with whilst the grill warmed up

Not the greatest wine, really. A little thin and acidic so this won’t be one I’ll get again; there are many better wines out there in the sub-$10 range that I dwell in…such as that bottle of zinfandel you see lurking in some of the early pictures

Dancing Bull Zinfandel. Good fruit, full bodied…and 14.5% alcohol! W00t!! All for $9. Yippee.
Any-hoo, back to the grill

sizzle sizzle sizzle
and if you’ll excuse us now…


18 Responses to “I Really Really Really Should Stop”

  1. Thems looks lurvesly!

  2. Cindermutha says:

    Ahh, carnivorous porn! Yummy!

  3. Dave E. says:

    Looks good, Mr. B. I’ve got the Reynolds version of the vacuum seal…good stuff.

  4. RebeccaH says:

    My doctor says cut back on the red meat. Screw that. Life isn’t worth living if you can’t eat meat like that.

  5. ricki says:

    Dammit, now I’m hungry.

  6. Cullen says:

    Those look wonderful. Dammit.

  7. Gary from Jersey says:

    Hooray for Costco. Did you know you can buy coffins there too?

  8. wunderkraut says:

    Man that looks good.

  9. Gunslinger says:

    Proof positive that God does exist.

  10. Winston Smith says:

    I think your dog is about to take off…

  11. WB says:

    Bingley, your dog is magnificent. Black Labradors are for the soul, I say. Give him a robust cuddle for me.
    And that meat – scrumptiousness. Good work chef.

  12. Mr. Bingley says:

    Thanks, WB. He is a very sweet boy.

  13. Mr. Bingley says:

    Gary, I think that’s only online, which makes sense, I guess, as to walk into a Costco and see a stack of coffins there might be somewhat…disconcerting. But evidently they’re a pretty good deal, if you’re a savvy casket connoisseur.

  14. Julie says:

    Isn’t the Ziplock Vacuum Sealer great? What an amazing invention.
    And those steaks look heavenly.
    Love that pupper too… Give him an extra treat from me and Bear.

  15. Gerry says:

    That Mcmanis Cab. can’t be the 2006 ($10)shen it won a Gold Medal at the SFO Int’l Wine Comp. I went through a case and it was pretty good.

  16. Mr. Bingley says:

    Huh. Schmaybe I got a bum bottle, Gerry; it’s certainly happened before.

  17. Teresa says:

    OMG – I should’ve stopped scrolling when I saw the first picture… damn! Now I want a steak!!! And I don’t have any and I don’t have time to get any today. ARG!

  18. paul says:

    A life lived well is a life well lived. LOVE RED MEAT

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