How to Choose a Cut of Meat


Here is a great post from EHow

There are really only two cuts of meat: tough and tender. Tough cuts of meat contain the muscle, which requires braising or stewing to become tender; tender cuts demand quick cooking to retain their texture and seal in their flavor. Look for high-quality cuts of whatever type of meat you are buying.
1.  Choose a grade of meat.
2.  Beef is divided into five grades based on fat content, marbling and quality. Look for select (the least amount of fat; sold in grocery stores), choice (fattier than select, leaner than prime), and prime (the well-marbled cuts high-end restaurants serve, fattier but also more flavorful). The lowest two grades of inferior meat, commercial and utility, aren’t typically sold in grocery stores, and home cooks and aspiring chefs should avoid them.
3.  Lamb is usually sold as choice in grocery stores and has a purple U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection stamp to signify that it came from a healthy animal.

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Posted April 10, 2005 by
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    5 Responses to “How to Choose a Cut of Meat”

    1. Red on April 10th, 2005 1:17 pm

      TOM – are you there?

      Or has Martha Stewart hijacked the site?

    2. Tom on April 10th, 2005 1:48 pm

      Gosh Darn It, can’t a guy add a little education to the site. It is called the Scared Monkey’s Diversity Posting Program.

    3. Red on April 10th, 2005 2:12 pm

      SMDPP. Hmmm … never heard of it.

      I’m sorry, all I can think of is Johnny Carson doing Carnac the Magnificent.

      Envelope to head, Carnac says the answer … “Fillet Mignon, Delmonico and a Vasectomy”

      Ed repeats what Carnac says, as Johnny gives Ed a puzzled but humorous look.

      Johnny opens the envelope and says the question, …”WHAT ARE 3 EXPENSIVE CUTS OF MEAT.”

      Oh, how I miss his wit and humor.

    4. Tom on April 10th, 2005 2:24 pm

      Of Course you have never heard of it. Like you would read the employee manual. Page 35, Paragraph 4, states succinctly.

      “To maintain your postition as a blogger on Scared Monkeys you must post about something non political and educational on the second Sunday of the Month. Failure to do so will require you to wear a dress the next time you enter the state of New Jersey.”

      Time for another meeting by the HR staff coming up.

    5. Red on April 10th, 2005 3:31 pm

      Seems like that page in conveniently been taken out of my manual. I claims plausible deniability.

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