I grew up in a meat and potatoes kind of family, and most of the time we had beef. My mom made oven roasts and pot-roasts, stews, burgers, steaks, ribs, stir fry, meatloaf, and pretty much anything else you can think of that can be made with beef.
I think beef has been and always will be my meat of choice. It’s just so darn versatile and full of flavor, so as a beef fan, I’m partnering with the Motherhood to share some tips about beef and help you become a savvy meat shopper.
Types of Beef: Grass-fed vs. Grain-fed
FACT: All cattle are grass-fed for most of their lives. It’s just the finishing that determines whether the beef will be labeled grass-fed or grain-fed.
Know Your Beef Cuts
My mom used to buy a whole side of beef at a time, so I’m pretty familiar with a lot of the beef cuts and how to cook them, but it can be overwhelming when you’re shopping for beef if you aren’t familiar with them.
The more tender cuts of beef are rib, loin, plate and flank. Cuts that need marination to help tenderize them are chuck, brisket and round.
But the ideal tool to help you select the right cuts at the meat case is the Interactive Butcher Counter.
• Available on website or on mobile phone
• Don’t need to download or update an app (optimized for mobile devices)
• Provides nutritional information
• Gives the recommended cooking method
• Links directly to recipes
Beef and Health
One serving of lean beef is 3 ounces (about the size of a deck of cards) and contains nearly half of the daily value for protein, less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol.
Types of lean beef include top sirloin, flank steak, strip steak, tenderloin, brisket (flat half) and 93%+ lean ground beef.
6 Ways to Save on Beef
The savvy shopping tips on this infographic are really helpful. I’m definitely going to buy larger quantities on cuts I use frequently.
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What’s your favorite cut of beef? How do you like to prepare it?