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Not Your Average Butcher: 5 Ways Your Heinen’s Butcher Can Serve You

If you’re familiar with the history of Heinen’s, you know that founder Joe Heinen was a skilled butcher. In fact, he opened the original Heinen’s as a butcher shop long before it evolved into the full grocery store you know today.

The art of sourcing, preparing, selling and educating customers on quality meat is in the DNA of our business, and it is just as important to us today as it was to Joe Heinen in 1929.

Joe Heinen's Butcher Shop

We’ve always believed that, “you have the find the best to sell the best,” and our meat experts take that seriously. From traveling regionally, nationally and even around the globe to source the highest quality beef, pork, chicken and plant-based meat alternatives, to developing premade and marinated entrees to save you time and energy in the kitchen, to practicing continuous education to ensure our service is nothing short of 5-star, Heinen’s meat experts and in-store butchers are proud to offer the trusted service you expect from old time butcher shops.

Whether you’re new to the world of buying and cooking meat, or a longtime pro looking for the hottest new preparation method or product, our butchers are passionate about sharing their knowledge and providing the perfect solution for you!

Check out a few of the ways our butchers can serve you below!

1.Share Sourcing Information
How and where our meat is sourced matters just as much as the taste and texture, so we’ve formed longstanding relationships with the farmers and ranchers who raise the products in our Meat Department. We’ve even visited many of their farms in person!

If you have a question about where any of our meat comes from, your Heinen’s butcher can tell you exactly how it was sourced!

Heinen's CARE Certified Signage

2. Educate on Meat Packaging Claims
We all want to eat the highest quality meat, but with claims like “organic,” “grass fed,” “antibiotic free” and “no hormones added” peppered all over meat packaging, it’s challenging to understand what these attributes mean, let alone which ones mean the most to you.

Our butchers are constantly educated on the unique qualities of each of our products and are excited to share that knowledge so that you can make informed decisions when purchasing meat from Heinen’s.

3. Offer Culinary Tips
With so many options available in Heinen’s Meat Department, how can one choose? If you’re having trouble deciding on the perfect cut of meat for your next meal or occasion, or you’re simply looking for cooking inspiration, our butchers have the culinary chops to help you pick and prepare the cut you’re craving!

Steak in Heinen's Meat Case

4. Custom Cut and Marinade
Just like an old-school butcher shop, we pride ourselves on one-on-one customer service. If you don’t see the size cut of meat you came for, our butchers are happy to cut it to your exact specifications. If you were hoping to enjoy a particular type of marinated meat, like our customer-favorite garlic pepper breasts and kabobs, and you aren’t finding it in the Meat Department, our butchers can marinade it for you on the spot and have it ready by the time you finish shopping!

It’s our goal to ensure that we have as many fresh ingredients on-hand as possible so that we can get you exactly what you need, when you need it!

5. Take Special Orders
While our primary goal is to offer the best quality and variety of meat, there’s always room for special requests! Whether you’re hosting a holiday dinner, summer cookout or graduation party, craving an “out of season” item or wanting an extra special cut of meat to elevate a weeknight meal, our butchers are happy to take special orders in-store or over the phone to fulfill your request!

Heinen's Butcher Making Kabobs
Heinen's logo in black
By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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