The United States is the world's largest producer of beef. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 66 pounds of beef per year. That would mean Americans are the experts on buying meat, right? Not so, says Richard Kirlicks. A 36-year veteran of the industry, Kirlicks will teach a non-credit Meat Shopping Guide class at Western Nevada College.
"Most people are clueless as to what quality of meat they are purchasing," said Kirlicks, a retired USDA meat-grading supervisor. "I will help them recognize meat that is tender and palatable, and save them money in the process."
Meat Shopping Guide (CMSV 085C, Call #35828, Sec. C02), one of the many community education fall classes still available at Western, will meet Wednesdays and Fridays, Nov. 7-16. Wednesday sessions will meet 7-9 p.m. and Friday sessions will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m.
"The intent of this unique course is not to create butchers or meat graders; it is meant to give shoppers an edge when buying beef, pork, lamb and veal," Kirlicks added. "The idea is to buy the appropriate cuts for what you want and save money while doing it. The feedback from those attending the previous class was positive."
Shoppers will learn about store merchandising and advertising methods, marks of inspection and grading, how to look for maturity and fat content, and more. Kirlicks will provide copies of his 25-page text, so there is no textbook to buy. The last day of class will be spent at a grocery store taking a look at the different meats.
Cost: $65. Register at www.wnc.edu or call 775-445-4268 for more information.
Press Release: October 30, 2007
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