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Unread 01-26-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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We shop at Kroger's here in Michigan.
Went there after running errands today and grabbed some ground burger meat. I always buy the fresh ground burger in the styrafoam trays that are shrink wrapped.
With these older eyes I am straining to find the experation date, doing the arm extension bullchit......some of you will understand.

I realize they do not carry 80-20 mix anymore. I checked a bunch of packages.......guess what? It is all a 73-27 mix at $3.33 a #.
This was in the family sized package, I did not bother to check out the 5# tubes of factory ground meat is this stuff had been recalled a few times.

Is this the new trend around the country? I would love to hear other opinions.

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I haven't seen it but my girl just said she had seen it a few weeks ago and thought was odd. What did they label it as?
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Not sure havent had issue in STLville yet but maybe a seasonal thing with lack of product = More fat! I could hols a whole Angus Steer for you ready in July! You should yaild around 230lbs of ground..... It not like BobBrisket is gonna get it!!!!!!
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Just picked up some 80/20 yesterday at Wally World, BUT, funny you mention this. They had a larger section of the 73/27, almost 3-4 times more facings of it than they have had in the past. I'd pay a little more for the 90/10 if I had to before going to the 73. That stuff is mostly fat, even at that ratio.
As far as those tubes go.............I stay away from that stuff, I don't care how low the price is. One bad experience was enough for me.
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That is high for 73-27, but cattles prices these day have gone out of sight and it appera they will stay there for awhile
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I've been grinding my own lately. It looks real purty and tastes great.
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. What did they label it as?
Just checked the new packages, labeled as Ground Beef 73-27.
Last week it was labeled ground chuck which is normally 80-20 mix.

I will get an email to Kroger's Home Office....Honestly they will probably blow me off like a bug on their arm.

I am not a happy camper for sure.
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We don't have Kroger's but, I doubt we will see much in the way of what you are talking about Bull, most all the stores here struggle to sell 80/20 except for Walmart. I tend to buy from the butcher counter so it is all bulk and mostly higher lean content.
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Corn prices are way up, which means corn fed animals, like most cattle and chickens, are getting more expensive. Fuel prices are up, too, which adds to transportation costs.

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Might have something to do with the nutritional labels coming out.
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We don't have Kroger's but, I doubt we will see much in the way of what you are talking about Bull, most all the stores here struggle to sell 80/20 except for Walmart. I tend to buy from the butcher counter so it is all bulk and mostly higher lean content.
My favorite family owned chain just closed their 7th store in less than 2 months. The last 3 closed last week.
Hundreds more out of work. My 2 closest real meat markets that are not a chain name are a ways away.
First one is 12 miles away, the other one is 35 miles away.

I will definatly change my meat stores in the near future.
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The reason for high beef prices they have been slaughtering the brood cows that mean less calves.
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We don't have Kroger's but, I doubt we will see much in the way of what you are talking about Bull, most all the stores here struggle to sell 80/20 except for Walmart. I tend to buy from the butcher counter so it is all bulk and mostly higher lean content.

In California, Kroger goes by the names of:
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Fry's

And maybe other names as well.
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I haven't seen 73-27 before. Have the usual 93/7, 90/10, 85/15 and 80/20. I shop at Lowes Foods or Piggly Wiggly.
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I think Mr. Big might be right, the new food label laws might not allow rounding or something, hence the stupidly precise wording.
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