When you are planning what to have for dinner, you will no doubt wonder what you should look out for in the meat aisle – what makes one cut of beef stand out from the rest?
Here are some tips to ensure you choose the most tender and delicious meat available.
As well as looking for the organic label, you should also make sure you select grass-fed beef as this contains more nutrients than commercially raised beef.
It contains more omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential in a healthy diet, and less antibiotics. Organic cows are not given extra medication unless they are sick. Contrast this to commercially produced beef where even healthy cows are feed a cocktail of medications that can be dangerous. Overuse of antibiotics in stock has been linked to antibiotic resistance, where curable infections are now not able to be treated.
Grass-fed animals are also cared for more humanely and allowed to roam free rather than being cooped up in feeding operations.
Grass fed organic beef will also be tasty, juicy and good for your whole family.
Choose the right cut
When you are planning your meals, you may want to think about the kind of cut you will buy.
For instance, a whole fillet will be great for roasting, a blade for slow cooking and fillet steaks perfect for fast cooking.
Ensuring you choose the best cut will mean you can enjoy the full flavour of your beef.
Check the colour
When you purchase your organic beef, there is no doubt it will be a fresh, rich, vibrant colour. If you notice any discoloured spots, the meat may not have been handled properly, so it is essential to choose meat that is a uniform colour.
When you are choosing your meat, it is also important to look at the texture of the meat to ensure you have picked the best beef.
The muscle fibres should be taut and the grain should all point in one direction. A good butcher will be able to ensure cuts of meat are smooth with no uneven sections or ragged edges that can indicate a low quality cut.
Arcadian prides itself on the quality of its meat, so you know you will have the best and tastiest choices available to you whether you are after a steak or a roast.