Buying Beef - Overview

January 7, 2014

When in the meat aisle at your local grocery store it may feel intimidating or overwhelming to see all of the beef options available. Don’t let having a selection deter you from purchasing a delicious meal.

Beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods.  A single 3-ounce serving provides more than 10% of the daily value of protein, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Iron and Zinc.

In order to dissolve some of the mystery of the meat counter, we will be posting a series covering the best tips and advice to get the most for your money, looking at things such as:

·      Nutrition

       - Beef supplies complete, high-quality protein.

·      Wholesomeness and food safety

        - Federal law requires that all beef sold must pass USDA inspection for wholesomeness

·      The quality of the beef product and what those grades mean

        - Quality refers to the characteristics associated with the meat such as tenderness, juiciness and flavor.

·      Appearance of the beef – how should it look

       - When buying beef consider how it looks on the counter. Look at the color, the marbling and fat cover.

·      Storage- Before buying do you know how you will store it

       - When will you be using your meat and plan how to store it.

·      How much is it going to cost your family vs. other types of meat

       - To be smart while shopping, choose beef on the basis of cost per serving rather than cost per pound.

In total there are 45 different cuts you can get at any time, 29 of them are lean options.

Is there anything we left out that you would like to know more about?

Comments

The single most important reason why I could never let go beef from my diet is it's big content in protein. While there are a lot of substitutes available, beef is the easiest way to get your daily need of protein. Delicious greetings, Nuo Min.

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