February 26, 2020


Self-proclaimed ‘crap housewife’ Jessica Rowe, has been busy of late, travelling around the country chatting to some of the greatest butchers in the nation in an effort to put butchers everywhere back on the map within their local communities.

The popular TV personality, Jessica Rowe, who blogs on her site Crap Housewife, has been listening to amazing tales of resilience, family history and of course meat, from butchers. She’s also learned how to finally cook a steak properly, prepare tasty, quick meals for her family, and how to be more creative when it comes to meat!

“I’m a shocking cook because it doesn’t interest me!” Jessica admits. “I cook for myself and my girls but my husband Peter [Overton] has a meal delivery service deliver his meals for him every week. He finally told me – ‘I really can’t face another spaghetti bolognaise of yours!'”

If you’re a meat lover, you’ll love Jessica’s best hacks she’s learned from some of Australia’s top butchers.

Use Your Local Butcher

I’ve had the most wonderful time travelling around Australia meeting incredible butchers. What’s been a revelation for me is we don’t use our local butchers enough. Everyone should go and talk with their local butcher and find out about the great cuts of beef and lamb that they have. They are value adding to all of their products, all prepared for you so all you have to do is put it in the oven and you have a really delicious meal. Butchers have come a long way – they’ve really listened to what customers want and have adapted their businesses.

Rest meat at room temperature before cooking

Steak has long been the bane of my existence – I’ve always been nervous about cooking it. Usually, I burn the outside and serve it up raw and uncooked on the inside. However, thanks to the wonderful butchers I met, I finally understand how to cook one!

The best tip is to take it out of the fridge 15 minutes before cooking and let it rest at room temperature before hand so it can tenderise a bit. Then you just rub it in a little oil with salt and pepper on both sides and cook for a few minutes either side. Use a griddle or a heavy pan and make sure your pan is very hot.

Remember to ask your butcher for the best cooking time for the thickness of your steak, and don’t poke it, leave it alone until you’re ready to turn it. My daughter Giselle now loves my steaks, although Peter says I still burn them – I don’t agree!

Let your meat rest before eating

This goes for both steaks and roasts. Once cooked, let your meat rest – tent some foil lightly over it (don’t seal it in or it will steam) and rest it for five to 10 minutes to let it relax. Your meat will be more tender.

Cook sausages low and slow

My daughter Allegra doesn’t like steak so I’m forever cooking sausages – and not very well! However, I am improving, one of the butchers I met said the key to a good snag is to cook them on low heat for a slow period of time. I always make the mistake of turning up the heat too high. However, the slow does work, and it doesn’t take that much longer.

Ask your butcher for cooking tips

I think people sometimes feel silly asking butchers for cooking tips, but they are honestly so helpful. You’ll have far less disasters in the kitchen if when buying a piece of meat you ask your butcher how to cook it. Depending on the size and width of the piece, they cooking instructions will differ. Everyone should use their butchers as a resource more often!

Use ready meals from butchers

So often you get into the habit of just picking up a packet of raw meat from a supermarket and then have no idea what to do with it. Nowadays there are so many great meat products at butchers which already have all the herbs, spices and toppings already added to them – all you literally have to do is cook it. It really saves so much time and there’s less chopping up and hunting around for things.

If you have the cash, hire a housekeeper

I admit I do have a housekeeper who comes in every week and is worth her weight in gold as it’s such a time-saver. For me, its money well spent and is an investment in my mental health and my family’s wellbeing. If your budget allows for it, it’s worth considering – and don’t allow anyone to make you feel guilty about it. It’s a service that is readily available so why not make use of it if the housework is causing you grief?

Take the pressure off

My best hack for a stress-free home life is to simply take the pressure off yourself. Tell yourself that it doesn’t matter if the house is a bit of a mess or that you’ve got a laundry basket full of unwashed clothes and make sure your other half agrees! As mums we get too caught up in thinking life needs to be perfect, and that’s just not reality. Tell yourself ‘I am enough’ every day and do your best to get through.

Greatest Butcher On Your Block

Jessica will be sharing 12 unique stories from butchers across the nation for the Meat & Livestock Australia’s Greatest Butcher on Your Block campaign, where you can win lots of fabulous prizes.

For more information about The Greatest Butcher on Your Block visit  www.greatestbutcher.com.au

Do you buy meat from a butcher or the supermarket? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • I never cook steak…im like her daughter and will happily stick to sausages.


  • I didn’t think you had to rub oil on your steak to prep it? Barbecuers usually just rub salt and pepper and let it rest so that it doesn’t shrink when you cook it…
    Would love to hire a cleaner but unfortunately we don’t have budget for one. I can barely afford the things we need to pay for now let alone add another thing to the list.
    Oh to live a life like Paris Hilton where you don’t have to worry about money!!!


  • They are some great tips. I always forget to get the meat out of the fridge in time


  • I buy most of my meat from Aldi these days, Used to use the butcher but was always hit and miss and got sick of it as hardly ever good meat anymore.


  • Interesting hacks love the one about how to cook sausages. The butcher also makes sense they are the experts on meat and full of knowledge.


  • I tend to buy all my meat from the supermarket as it’s just easier. I love Jess’ tips. I’m a bit of a crap housewife when it comes to cooking, so feel I can manage her tips quite well.


  • As I can no longer work and not entitled to any benefits I can’t afford going to the butchers. I have to rely on supermarkets for the cheapest meat as I think most people do.

    • I think it depends which butcher, some in our area are cheaper than supermarkets.


  • No money for housekeepers or butchers here and I’m fine without


  • Can’t afford a housekeeper and I find most recipe books help out whether you are trying to cook a piece of meat or some great veg.


  • Usually we get it from the butcher, unfortunately we just moved and the local butcher is not great so it take a bit of our day to go to our regular butcher near the old place (but it’s worth the drive most the time)


  • We don’t eat that much meat.


  • We were buying our meat at the butcher’s but have found with 2 kids we are struggling with money and it’s all just easier to buy the meat when we are at the supermarket


  • Agree with the housekeeper tip – if you have the means it is a great way to reduce stress especially for full time workers and I agree that you should never feel guilty about it.


  • When I saw the title crap housewives hacks I was expecting cleaning ideas etc not cooking suggestions, or an article on butchers. Can’t afford a cleaner/housekeeper nor would I feel comfortable with someone touching all my stuff. But I’m definitely mastering the “take the pressure off” hack!


  • I like buying vacuum sealed meat from the supermarket as they last so much longer in the fridge. I hate freezing meat!


  • Some good tips there, especially about the steak


  • I’m a vegetarian and certainly wouldn’t visit a butcher, I’ll be going over my neck. Happy enough to buy some meat in the supermarket when it’s vacuum packed and I don’t have to handle any with my bare hands.


  • great ideas and I wish I could afford a housekeeper


  • Lots of great tips and advice he’s not a. Crap housewife!


  • I prefer supermarkets for everyday meat but sometimes go to the butcher for special cuts or marinated meats.


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