For my birthday my wife asked me what I wanted, and I told her, "beef larding needle!".Even after 40+ years married to a meatman, she still gives me straaaaange looks, shrugs her shoulders, but smiles and says, "Go for it!"
Ordered this out of Hubert Co., (www.hubert.com) meat and restaurant supply. $15.99 w/$10 shipping and $5 small order surcharge, $32 and change.
Looks like a pretty simple tool; long, s/s shaft coming to a point with a hole in the middle, just like a needle! The rosewood handle has one flat side to it so it won't roll off the table and you know that it will stay where you left it. The business end can be pretty dangerous, I've seen many a meatcutter shove it through a finger, hand or arm many times by mistake, so you must maintain total respect for it.
It serves a single purpose; to shove butcher twine through a piece of meat. You can hang beef roasts with it, tie up a flap to a roast, interior stitch meat together, etc. The three boneless pork butts I just rolled and tied, if I didn't have stockinette, I could push a string through the roast and hang it from a ham hook. We would tie tags on meats with it for custom cutting to identify it.
It is called a 'larding' needle as, in 'the olde days' you could tie on extra layers of non-related fat to roasts; ham, pork, beef, etc., both internally and externally with it; something now outlawed in the 60's. You cannot add non-contiguous layers of meat or fat to any other piece of meat.
But, it does perform a service and it does do it well! (for example, I pierced a tennis ball with butcher twine with mine that I brought home from work, tied a knot in the end of it, and hung the other end to my garage ceiling; When the wife comes home from work and she hits the tennis ball with her windshield, she knows she must stop at that point!)
item no: 61905
desc: needle, s/s roast beef
price ea.: 15.99
Ship: Fedex Ground
Small Order Fee: $5
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