My Ten Best Steak Buying Tips For the Home Cook
A lot of visitors ask me about buying steaks so I thought I would start putting together some tips together on buying steaks, describing various cuts and what to look for when purchasing a good steak. I asked Jimmy Kerstein, someone who worked forty years in the meat industry and is the author of The Butcher’s Guide – An Insider’s View to Buy the Best Meat and Save Money. Between his incredible depth of knowledge and some additional research of my own, I think you’ll enjoy these 10 worthwhile tips next time you are at the market looking to pick up a steak for supper. You may also be interested in How to Grill a Good Steak?
#1. Choose the right steak for the right meal before going to the market
It doesn’t matter if you buy your steaks at the supermarket or a gourmet butcher shop. If you want to learn about meat, how to purchase it, what’s a good buy today, how to cook it, start a relationship with your butcher. These are the folks who know what you don’t and will be glad to help if you just ask.
My own local butchers tell me that customers don’t take advantage of their knowledge and experience. They come in with their own preconceived ideas of what a good steak should look like and end up buying an inferior product. A good steak is expensive so why not ask the expert who handles the products everyday what they think is a good bargain. You may be surprised by getting better cuts for less money.