PA's Best Meat Department Since 1959!

PA's Best Meat Department

Harrisburg Has Spoken!

In a recent survey, Karns Foods was identified as having PA's Best Meat Department.

In the survey conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research, Central Pennsylvania area residents were asked the straightforward question, "What grocery store has Pennsylvania's best meat department?" No multiple-choice options were provided and there were no restrictions on answers whatsoever. The results showed Karns was overwhelmingly recognized as having PA's Best Meat Department! In fact, of those surveyed, 44% said Karns has the best meat department in Pennsylvania. No other grocery store came close. This survey was conducted in Harrisburg since that is the Karns trading area.

When asked what's most important to them in selecting a meat department, respondents indicated quality and freshness are the most important factors. Respondents also mentioned that price is important when deciding where to shop for their meats. With quality, freshness and price being so important, it's not surprising Karns is the people's choice.

At Karns, our customers appreciate our fresh ground sausage varieties and fresh ground hamburger, not to mention our own in-house butchers who can custom cut and package meats to customers' specifications. Karns customers also enjoy great prices and sometimes almost crazy-good prices on great meat specials.

Stop in and see for yourself why Karns was named PA's Best Meat Department!

The Daily Grind

Unlike conventional stores, we grind beef right here every day for the ultimate freshness
Our Ground Beef Comes From Whole Steaks & Roasts
Ground Every Day Of The Week
Only 100% Natural Beef

Get Fired Up For Great Grilling

Karns Foods has PA’s Best Meat Department for a reason – to make all of your grilling wishes come true. Every Karns location has a Full-Service Meat Department featuring USDA Choice and Prime Beef, Grade A Chicken and Fresh Seafood deliveries!

Every week Karns also has over 3,000 items on sale and savings in every aisle! Not a meat eater? You can find the The Freshest Produce available from the best farms locally and elsewhere, too!

Karns provides Custom Cut Meat Service...FREE!

Check out this great video series of grilling tips with our own Scott Karns!

Grilling Tips

  1. Choose evenly sliced steaks to avoid it cooking unevenly.

  2. If choosing a leaner steak, have it sliced a little thicker to keep the juiciness in.

  3. Let meat stand out to become room temperature before grilling.

  4. Make sure the grill is up to temperature before putting meat on the grill.

  5. Use a pair of tongs to turn the meat so you do not puncture it when turning it over.

  6. Steaks cut 3/4 – 1” thick should take 10 minutes to cook on a hot grill, rotate the steak 90 degrees after the first three minutes, flip only once after another 2 minutes, rotate again after another 3 minutes, after another 2 minutes check for doneness.

  7. Use an internal digital meat thermometer to check temperature.  (Temperature chart is to the right.)

  8. To maintain the flavor and juiciness of the steak avoid over cooking.

Source: http://helpsavethebutcher.com/grilling-tips-from-a-butcher/

Always use a digital thermometer to guarantee your meat is cooked to the right temperature!
Beef and Lamb

Rare: 130°F
Medium-Rare: 130° to 135°F
Medium: 140° to 150°F
Medium-Well: 150° to 160°F
Well: 160°F to 170°F

Veal

Medium: 145° to 155°F

Pork

Medium: 140° to 155°F
Medium-well: 155° to 165°F
Well-Done: 165° to 175°F

Chicken

Dark meat: 170° to 175°F
White meat: 160° to 165°F

Source: http://helpsavethebutcher.com/grilling-tips-from-a-butcher/

Make sure to clean those dirty grates!

Routine brushing of the cooking grates prevents food and bacteria buildup. Wire brushes and grill stones are generally used to clean off the surfaces.

  • Charcoal Grills - clean surface when the grill is still hot. Use a grill brush that dispenses water to steam cleans the grates. If your brush does not have that feature a little water sprinkled onto the brush before brushing the grates produces the same effect.

  • Gas Grills - burners MUST BE OFF before cleaning! If using a grill stone, no water is required the stone will remove residue. If your cooking grates are damaged, using a grill brush may cause some of the bristles to dislodge. Replace your cooking grates. Check your grill brush to make sure that bristles are in good condition and are not coming out.

After you have cleaned the cooking grates, spray them with cooking oil.

  • Chrome wire grates - coat with vegetable oil after cleaning to prevent rust.

  • Cast iron grates - must be coated with a vegetable oil after cleaning to prevent rust.

  • Porcelain-coated steel rods and Porcelain-coated cast iron - no coating required unless porcelain is missing. Coating prior to cooking will help prevent food from sticking.

Source: http://www.lowes.com/projects/porch-deck-and-patio/clean-and-maintain-your-grill-ht/project

Dave Karns, Founder
1932-2000