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Valuable Tips In Choosing The Perfect Steak

Jan 24

Do you miss dining out in your favourite steak and BBQ places? With the pandemic still ongoing, we try to limit dining out in order to avoid getting struck by the virus. This means missing our favourite steaks and meat dishes that we normally would eat in our most beloved restaurants. One solution to this is to start dining at home, recreating our all-time steak favourites! 

When you visit your neighbourhood butcher, it can be an overwhelming and daunting experience to choose from a wide range of meat choices, whether it is pork, beef, or lamb! It can be difficult to know which steak to take home when there are so many options lined up behind the glass counter or in the refrigerated department of your local grocery store. It's your lucky day! We have collated a simple guide to help you identify and choose the perfect and most delicious steak in one glance. We'll make sure you never have to second-guess your steak choice again by directing your attention to signage visible even from behind the counter.

What is a Steak? 

A steak is a cut of meat that has been sliced across the muscle fibres and may include a bone. It's usually grilled, but it's also good pan-fried. Steaks normally refer to cuts of meat from a cow but it can be used to refer to the meat that comes from other animals like lamb, pig, and fish. 

Must-know Tips in Buying Steak for the Home Cook

1. Deciding on the Right Cut for the Right Meal

It makes no difference whether you get your steaks from a supermarket or a gourmet butcher shop. Start a relationship with your butcher in The Meat-Inn Place Melbourne if you want to learn about meat, how to buy it, what's a good buy today, and how to cook it. These are the people who know what you don't know and will gladly assist you if you only ask. 

2. Check the Marbling 

The white fat that runs through the steak gives it its juiciness and flavour. Long lines of fat, rather than bits, are preferred when cooking a steak, allowing the fat to melt while the steak cooks. However, keep in mind that these steaks are more expensive, and poor cooking might result in toughness. The optimum choice for marbling in your steak is usually around the middle, with some but not too much. For greater flavour and texture control, you can choose from a variety of cuts.

3. Look at the Thickness of the Steak

Thin steaks are not only unsatisfactory, but they are also difficult to prepare. If you leave a thin steak on the grill for even a minute longer, it will overcook or burn. You'll need a steak that's at least 1 inch thick. This measurement allows you to be more flexible with the cooking time, making it more difficult to damage your steak. While 1 inch is a reasonable starting point, the greatest steaks are 1.5 inches thick, especially when it comes to premium cuts like ribeyes and strips. When opposed to thinner steaks, the middle of a 1.5-inch thick steak is more insulated, allowing you to be considerably more accurate when it comes to doneness.

4. Grass-Fed or Grain-Fed

It's crucial to know where your grass-fed beef comes from, as well as what the breeders are doing and feeding their cattle. Because grass is not as energy-dense as grain, grass-fed beef is often leaner and contains less intramuscular fat. In addition, grazing cows walk more than grain-fed cows. Grass-fed cattle are more commonly maintained under more humane conditions, with fewer antibiotics being used and the cattle being free to roam and graze rather than being confined to small pens, with the added benefit of reduced pollution. Having said that, grass-fed steaks have a particular flavour that some people appreciate or prefer.

5. Do your research! 

Learning the different portions of the cow and how to identify between primal cuts goes hand in hand with picking the proper steak so you can ask your butcher intelligent questions and understand his/her responses. It's a good idea to understand that the chuck is the cow's front shoulder, the rump is the cow's back, and the rib and loin portions are in the middle. Check out many beef cut charts to learn more about beef cuts and how to buy the correct cut of beef for the job, whether it's grilling, stewing, braising, or roasting.

6. Choose the highest grade, when you can afford it

USDA Prime, Select, Choice, Standard, Utility, and Commercial are just a few of the meat grades available on the market. Many of us would choose a perfectly lean piece of meat over a Prime cut with fat lines running through it if given the option at the market. However, it is the marbling that gives a Prime cut its wonderfully rich, juicy, tender flavour and texture. There's nothing wrong with Choice just because Prime isn't as readily available or in our price range. You may want to shop where they routinely buy beef at the higher end of the Choice grade because there are multiple grades of Choice.

Enjoy Your Delicious Steak At Home! 

Now that you know what things to consider before buying that perfect steak for your dinner at home, you can assure yourself that you are not wasting any time, effort and money when you visit your butcher or buy from the online-butcher shop. The Meat-Inn Place in Lilydale offers varied qualities and grades of meat, ranging from beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. You don't need to worry about going out to buy your meats because you can order them online from their shop!