Originally Posted by SmokesOnTuesday
Don't know where you shop but our local grocery store will even cut whole loins to order for the whole loin price. If I know the butcher working that day (couple of them used to work for my grandpa) then I'll save myself the trouble and have them cut and package the whole thing. Nothing frustrates me more than getting home with presliced meat and finding a whole bunch of half inch cuts underneath a couple of nice inch to inch and a quarter cuts on top.
For now, we buy most of our meats at Safeway (don't know if you have this store in your area but it may be on its way out anyway after being purchased by a holding company which owns a few other chains. I've made friends with just about all the butchers and their policy is to cut up whole cuts of meat upon request.
When I buy pork chops at Safeway it's generally no more than a package of 4-6. Costco pork chops are all uniformly cut and so thick that many times I have to slice them in half crossways just so they don't take forever to cook in the oven and also because my wife doesn't like to eat big hunks of meat.