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What grade of USDA Beef do you like best? [2 vote(s)]

USDA PRIME
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USDA CHOICE
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USDA SELECT
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ALL OF THE ABOVE
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I DON'T EAT MEAT
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USDA - BEEF GRADES / RATINGS


Rastus recently, and in the past - posted about these "Trump" Steaks that he claimed were USDA Prime...

So I did a little research and here is what I found

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https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2013/01/28/whats-your-beef-prime-choice-or-select?page=1

So clearly, the fatter the steak, or "marbling" as they like to call it, the better the grade?

I mean, I stay away from fatty steak! Too much marbling and I pass that shit up! I don't even know how people eat them fatty as Wagyu steaks! Fat is bad!

Perhaps this is why I like beef tips, because I can cook them at high temps for short amounts of time and they are tender and well cooked - yet still tasty and juicy! Of course they are juicy, they get cooked in real butter with mushrooms, onions and seasoning! 

But my point is, you can cook leaner beef like this and still have that tenderness! 

What is everyones thoughts on this?

Back in the VERY EARLY DAYS there was a steak contest... Stoma was on track to beat it, however he couldn't resist and started with the low blows... but since he was a Mercedes expat, we always let him slide...

Wondering if we should do any steak giveaways to the people on the forum? You know, as a thank you! I just remember the time I tried to give away T-Shirts and everyone was like, eh... I'm not giving out my address! LOL

And that's fine, honestly... this is a very private place, anonymity is our specialty unless you are the main attraction. 

Maybe we should take this poll IRL... 

Thoughts?



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Yo,

Obviously here in Oz, we have our own beef industry, & I can honestly say, that all the animals I've ever seen in the "outback", from cows, to pigs & sheep, is that they grow HUGE...You'd think they were dinosaurs from another time...

Anyhow, all our BEST meat is exported away, though we still get some nice food...

The problem today is the price...$50:00 per kg approx. for reasonable rib-eye / scotch-fillet steak...

The solution is to learn the animal, the names of the selected sections of meat, & then buy-in-bulk as a roast, where the slab-of-meat is uncut. This will save you around 50%, and you get to cut your own size steak when you get home.

A typical "Top-side" roast here can be bought for around $20:00 per kg...This will slice into around 5-6 massive steaks, or however many you choose.

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Those are really good prices Rastus! $50 per kg isn't bad considering there is over two pounds in a kg!

Here it's usually $20-30 PER POUND for cut filet! (even more if it's prime)

They also do sell the whole beef loin too, however I have found that by the time you trim it to Chateaubriand stanards, it's about the same anyway! Plus you're throwing away a lot of meat and fat that would otherwise be ground into hamburger. 

Just finished the last of my tenderloin tips for lunch... Anymore, that's almost a $20 savings from not having to take out lunch... Pound for pound it ends up being much cheaper when you're buying in bulk, as with most other things.

Usually I will save my roasts for winter, and of course some shellfish from September-March. I like the English roast the best, it's the stringy kind... I find the sirloin roast to be a bit on the tough side.



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I'm going to put the "Prime vs Choice" in action over here and see if there is any difference. 

It's almost like Sam's was reading my post on the Webcrawlers thread and was like HELL-NO, we aren't going to be out-done by Trump or Desi! 

So they had Prime selections for me this time! 

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Which is very odd because I never seen Prime available before. I must admit I have only had my Sam's membership for a month or so... but Sam's Club was having a sale and for $8 you got a membership for an entire year! First thing I noticed was these nice big packs of tenderloins at a pretty good price... so I bought one and I was hooked! This will be my first time trying the "Prime" beef from Sam's. They don't look much different, do they? The prime is about $5 more per pound.



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Well... I cooked up a pound of the "Prime" beef tenderloin into beef tips and OMG! They are so tender and juicy! 

Don't know if I can go back to "Choice" anymore! LOL!

I'm shocked at how much tender they were! Even when mixing them on the grill they were sticking to the tongs, they were just that tender! I've cooked a lot of beef tips over the years and I have never made any that were that tender that they stuck on the tongs I was using to mix them! It's really quite amazing!

For $5 more a pound I'd say they are for sure worth it!



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