Ray loves his meat but branching out
Passions meet: Diverse interests for Mundubbera butcher
HAVE you ever tried mango with meat?
Ray Sorensen swears by it.
The barbecue is where the butcher and mango grower’s two passions combined.
“Mangoes are nice when you take a slice off and put them on a steak,” Mr Sorensen said.
“Take the cheek part off and grill it.”
Mundubbera meat lovers would be familiar with Mr Sorensen, 52, who has been working at the butchers since 2007.
He loved meeting customers and having the opportunity to build relationships with regulars in the community.
He’s also happy to give
Mangoes are nice when you take a slice off and put them on a steak.
advice to help make the perfect meal.
For a sweet and tender cut of meat that is not too expensive, Mr Sorensen recommended the y-bone.
“You can fry it or grill it and a lot of people use it in casseroles,” he said.
With lamb, he said to go big and grab a leg for a nice roast and when the weather cooled to opt for osso buco for hearty winter stews.
Mr Sorensen is proud of Mundubbera Butcher’s award winning sausages.
He said the secret to a good sausage is the fat ratio.
“You need just enough fat to keep the moisture in there,” Mr Sorensen said.
“A lot of people put too much fat and water into them and then when you cook them they just bust.”
Mr Sorensen’s interest in animals and meat started at an early age and when he finished school at 15 he decided to become a butcher.
Originally from Darling Downs, he came to the North Burnett for work.
Looking for a change, Mr Sorensen stepped away from the butcher’s block and headed to an orchard.
The switch was not too much of a stretch because agriculture ran in his blood; his grandparents had a property with sheep, cattle and grain.
“I was a bit sick of it (butchering) and wanted to have a look at how the other half of the world lived,” Mr Sorensen said.
“It was a bit different and broadened the mind a bit.”
Mr Sorensen now juggles his two interests, working as a butcher more than five days a week and tending to 500 mango trees the rest of the time.
He has owned an orchard, just outside of Mundubbera, since 2003.
The trees were dormant after a successful season, where he sent almost 2000 cases of fruit to market.
Despite being kept busy with fruit and meat, Mr Sorensen made sure to take time out from his busy schedule to unwind.
“Sunday I go to church down the bottom there (the pub) and have a few beers,” he joked.
SLICE OF LIFE: Ray Sorensen is a butcher by trade and a mango grower by passion.