Seam Butchery and Butcher’s Cut Thursdays at Crosswinds Grille in Geneva, Ohio.

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Seam butchery is a traditional European technique used to butcher animals. The idea behind seam butchery is to preserve individual muscles or muscle groups rather than just chopping up the animal. Additionally, this technique wastes very little of the animal, as meat is removed right up to the bone. This type of butchering makes sense because different muscles ideally cook at different temperatures. Cutting up muscle groups that cook similarly enables a chef to cook the piece of meat to perfection rather than over cooking some parts and under cooking others.

To get a better understanding of how Crosswinds Grille incorporates seam butchery to their menu I went straight to the chef Nate Fagnilli.

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