How to choose a great steak

by Emma on March 15, 2012

in Weekend BBQ,What's For Dinner?

It’s safe to say I’ve have had many a good (and expensive!) steak while dining out, but sometimes you really can’t beat the quality of a great barbecued steak at home. If you don’t buy that much red meat, you may not know what to look for in selecting a piece of meat that’s going to cook up beautifully at home. So I’ve put together some great tips for you.

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10 ways to choose a great steak

  1. Get to know your local butcher and they’ll be able to teach you more about your meat, what’s good to buy that day and what’s good in your particular area.
  2. Look for meat that has a fine texture and is firm to touch
  3. You want to steer clear of the steak that is a deep red colour. Go for the light cherry coloured instead.
  4. Look for a steak that is even in thickness. If it’s thinner in parts, the steak is going to cook unevenly. If your cooking a few steaks at once, try to get them with even thickness so they require the same cooking time.
  5. Check that it has some marbling (the thin threads of fat running throughout the meat). The more marbling, the more flavour.
  6. It’s not a bad thing if a steak is “aged”.
  7. If you’re looking for a steak for the BBQ, don’t choose “chuck” or “round” steak. These generally a very lean cuts with lots of muscle fibre that needs breaking down through slow cooking to become tender.
  8. Ask your butcher what grade the meat is and buy the highest grade you can afford, as it will be better quality.
  9. Most of the beef we buy in Australia is grainfed. However, you should buy grassfed if you can, as it’s rich in all the fats now proven to be health-enhancing, but low in the fats that have been linked to ill-health and disease.
  10. If you buy in bulk you can often get a better price. You can freeze your steaks (individually wrapped for easy portion control) for 6-12 months. You just need to thaw in the fridge for 24 hours prior to use.

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