|What Is Your
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Beef Evaluations Or Ratings Are Performed by the United States Department Of Agriculture. U.S.D.A. or a Supposed Neutral Third Party. Much of the oversight does seem to have a slant toward the beef industry interest in the explanation or lack thereof in meat production and much of the consumer confusion on grades of beef or steaks.
Overall the Age of the animal in which the steak was derived from and the marbling are what make the overall grade of the meat in U.S.D.A. terms. Beef are graded whole so you will find variance in the individual cut of the meat.
USDA has three main grades of beef and they are rated in this order according to quality. U.S.D.A. Prime, U.S.D.A. Choice & U.S.D.A. Select. Again they run in order in terms of quality.
USDA Prime accounts for less than 2% of all beef sold and can be quite hard to find due to cost and lack of popularity with the price level of true U.S.D.A. Prime. Most Prime Beef is either exported or sold to mostly very high end restaurants.
Most who purchase a Steak are buying a cut of the Steak rather than the whole beef. You can purchase a good cut to make up for the rating of the overall beef which is how most steaks sold in the U.S.A. are both sold or obtained. Learning to spot a quality cut of beef will compensate for a less than prime rating in many cases and the reverse is true as well Even prime beef may have it's own weak area that could in theory produce a less than perfect steak cut.
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One of the main misconceptions about great tasting Steaks is everyone thinks the USDA Grade will dictate the flavor of the Steak. It certainly helps but this is not the case at all when we are looking at the end product that hits America's Dinner table.
Our experience has taught us that the preparation of the meat and the meat cut quality far outweigh the origin rating given to it by the US Department Of Agriculture. Many very tasty and tender steaks served are actually less then desirable meat grades worked meticulously by experienced Chefs and Cooks who know what they are looking for in the meat cut and who also know how to effectively prepare it. Buying wholesale meats only by the animal grade is almost foolish because without the knowledge and mindset as to what you will do with the beef. This is almost just wasting money. Real Talent prevails in Beef preparation as it does with many other fine foods. One does not acquire this skill overnight and the masters have often been doing this for most of their lives.
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Which Great Steak cut will be worthy of The Steak Award ? We have a few explanations below of popular steaks with a description of beef type cuts and an in depth look at the origins of some of the popular cuts and their food service applications. This is meant as just a little to help you decide which Steak is worthy of your own Steak Award!
Beef Brisket: The Brisket is from the breast section above the lower front shank beneath the first five ribs of the animal. The brisket is often the toughest meat and usually sold in larger portions which can make it more rare to find and a little pricey in the local meat shop, but with knowledgeable cooking skills. It can become a wonderful tender and quite flavorable section of meat that often really highlights the cooking skills of those who effectively prepare it. A winning beef brisket is both one of the most challenging to make and tasty to enjoy with an experienced skilled chef behind it. Up for a challenge? Make a great tasting and tender Brisket this weekend when you have some extra time.
Beef Tenderloin Steak, Filet Mignon Or Fillet Strip Steak: The tenderloin is probably the most expensive cut of the meat because it is usually the most tender. The Tenderloin is found between the sirloin and rib of the animal. The popular and most well known name for this cut of steak is Filet Mignon. Filet strips are removed from the short loin before any other steaks are cut. A whole filet strip can be broiled and then cut into individual portions, or covered with pastry and baked, as in Beef Wellington. The Tenderloin Steak is the most tender of all Steaks. But no matter how delicious and tender, some find the texture too soft.
Black Angus Beef: Black Angus is the the type of cow originally from Scotland. The hype over this this cow has its official designation from the U.S.D.A. The black Angus is one of the most popular beef cows in existence and is often identified by being at least 51% black and being able to be prove it's angus origin by tagging, branding or bloodline back to it's Black Angus ancestry as well. So long as the Angus cow is 51% or better black. It may receive the U.S.D.A. designation as Black Angus. Also See Certified Angus Beef Below.
Certified Angus Beef Or CAB: Is a special certification designation created to set a premium standard in beef and to distinguish marbling, age & color of meat. This is used as a meat quality measurement working with the terms Prime, Choice & Select. This is not to be confused with Black Angus which refers to the beef cow being at least 51% black and it's angus origin. Certified refers to the end meat quality versus bloodline and type of the animal as explained above on Black Angus Beef.
Chopped Steak, Ground Or Chopped Sirloin, Ground Beef, Ground Chuck, Ground Round, Ground Up Beefburger, Hamburger Steak or Salisbury Steak: Whatever you want to call it. We love it and we see it in many forms or creations derived from it or the name anyway. Ground beef needs no introduction or explanation. It is of course our most popular and affordable meat product on your grocers shelves & in your favorite fast food restaurants. Many will attempt to dazzle you with new hybrid or spin-off terms or names of this product. It all comes down to when you grind up beef, It's still ground beef. The emphasis really is on the level of fat in the meat which is clearly visible as more the white texture and if other meat byproducts are present in the ground beef. Many will try and add the variation that it's real black angus ground beef. What's is this all about? Moo, Read the above explanation on Black Angus Beef!
Chuck Steak: Also known as Chuck Roast or as 7 Bone Steak. The 7 bone reference is not because of the number of bones but for the bone's appearance in similarity to the number 7. The Chuck Steak is part of the sub-primal cut known as the chuck and is typically rectangle and cut about an inch thick. As the well known term Chuck Roast implies. The Chuck Steak is often used in pot roast or other miscellaneous cooking meat needs. Other variations on the Chuck Steak are the Boneless Chuck Eye, The Chuck Fillet, Top Blade Steak, Under Blade Steak, Shoulder Steak or Arm Steak. Chuck Steaks are often sold in Family Value priced quantity packs at lower cost than other cuts.
Club Steak: Sometimes
called Delmonico, named after the famous 19th century New York dining club that
specialized in this steak, The club steak is triangular, smaller than a
T-bone, but with the same large "eye" section. It is cut from
the short loin, next to the rib end, and when cut properly, it is a most
delicious and tender steak. You can tell the quality by looking at the
steak's eye. The meat should be fine in texture with delicate
marbling; avoid cuts that seem coarse or contain fat chunks.
Kobe Beef: With its true origin and roots from Japan named after the Wagyu cattle that produce this highly prized beef with the unique feature of superior marbling due to such laborious endeavors such as massaging the backside meat of the animal by hand to improve tenderness and distinct feeding practices make the Wagyu a unique breed of cattle of their own. The Wagyu must be born in specific locations in Japan to have the true designation as Kobe Beef. The Wagyu were initially used in rice cultivation prior to the explosion in popularity of beef where the superior quality was recognized and cultivated. Most of what is found in America will be Kobe Style Beef rather than true designated Kobe Beef. This Kobe Style Beef which often comes from Wagyu cattle bred with Angus cattle to give the U.S. market our Kobe type of beef at a more attainable price level. True Kobe Beef can often put a Steak dinner in Japan into the several hundred dollar price level for the one plate.
Porterhouse Steak: This is one of the most popular steak cuts,
perhaps because it has a generous quantity of tenderloin. The porterhouse
name evolved from its British roots when it was first served in the drinking houses where
porter, ale, and stout were featured. A large, flavorful steak cut from
the short loin, nearest the sirloin. Fine-grained with a characteristic
portion of fat. It is usually cut from 1" to 3" thick. The
tenderloin portion can be removed and served separately as a filet mignon.
Sirloin Tip Steak or Boneless Sirloin
Steak: This cut comes from
the bottom tip of the sirloin section. It is less tender than the sirloins
with bones, but it has a delicious flavor. Many butchers and restaurants
cut it about 2 inches thick and suggest that it be braised for about 3
minutes before preparation.
Strip Steak, Shell Steak, Kansas City Strip Or New York Strip: When the tenderloin strip has been removed from the short loin, the remaining meat is known as a shell steak. Shell steaks are called by a variety of names, such as strip, New York strip and Kansas City strip. Ideal for one person, these steaks can be cut in any thickness you wish, usually from 1 to 2 1/2 inches. Many butchers and Meat specialty vendors often remove the bone for their customers so the steak can be easily sliced.
T-Bone Steak: This steak is obviously & probably the most known popular cut and features the unique characteristic of T-shape bone. It comes from the center section of the short loin, between the porterhouse and club. This Steak is not unlike the porterhouse with a smaller section of tenderloin and a smaller tail, with a fine-grained shell. They say the tastiest part of the T-Bone is the meat toward the bone. Eat a T-Bone Steak and we think you you will agree. The bone in a steak will definitely affect the price of the cut at the market, grocery store or on your favorite local steakhouse or restaurant menu.
Top Blade Steak: This is probably one of the less known and definitely under appreciated cuts of steak that is cut from the top of the blade roast and comes from the chuck primal. The Top Blade Steak is also known by it's more popular name or as the meat cut to make the much more Trendy & Contemporary Named & Much More Famous Steak Out there. This steak is actually much better known as The Flat Iron Steak. The Flat Iron Steak name and true origin seem to really be a mystery as to the exact answer. One thing we can attest to the Top Blade or Flat Iron Steak is easy to prepare and a pleasure to grill. The meat comes out with a nice tender flavor and this meat cut is one of the more value priced quality Steak cuts available.
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Popular Consumer Or Home Cooking Food Safety & Helpful Tips Information Section.
How Long can food sit safely before worrying about food spoiling or bacteria.
There is a term known in food service known as the Danger Zone. This typically refers to food stored inside of the temperature range of 40-140 Degrees Fahrenheit. Exact rules will vary with particular food. In food service we learn keep cold foods Cold and hot foods Hot. A little more on this means keep it refrigerated or frozen or keep it cooked and hot.
A few popular exceptions to the above rule are
Food Temperatures should be tested in the middle of the food without the temperature probe touching the bottom of the pan which could affect accuracy of food temp. reading.
What is the difference between Prime Rib and Steak ? Prime Rib is one of eight cuts from the rib section cut from the primal rib of the beef and a desired unique trait is to leave the fat intact for flavoring verses trimming the fat as we might with a steak. Prime Rib may be also referred to as Standing Rib Roast.
One of the main cooking preparation differences in prime rib is that it is often oven or dry roasted and not grilled or cooked as a steak is. A cut of prime rib will include part of the rib bone itself and a much higher quantity of fat and marbled muscle.
If we were to trim out the fat a bit and cook it or grill it, We would basically have a Ribeye Steak. Filleted Prime Rib & Cut Into Steaks are better known as Ribeys.
The meat cut for premium Prime rib is often USDA Prime which is usually only found in high end restaurants or from your butcher's counter (Premium Priced and only a small percentage of actual prime rib served) or USDA Choice which is a popular and often much more cost effective choice from a food cost standpoint. U.S.D.A. Choice is what will be found in most grocery stores and even most higher end food service facilities due to the high price and scarcity of try USDA Prime.
We usually cook a traditional steak by some form of seasoning or rubbing the outside with seasoning, salt, marinade or various flavorings and grilling or cooking it versus cooking Prime Rib which slow roasting it in dry heat or though smoking it for two to three hours before roasting is popular for outdoor barbecue fans.
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