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.
Online Steak Buying Resources
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Most of us buy our steaks at our local market. When I was growing up, my mom bought steaks at the local butcher, but mom and pop butchers are becoming a rarity. So why would you buy steaks online?
I do recommend you get to know a local butcher near you, ask them lots of questions, ask them for advice and best buys, but when you need something hard to find or are sending a gift to someone special, check out one of these steak resources.
Chicago Steak Company - a premier provider of gourmet steaks, seafood and desserts who continue the long and rich tradition of Delivering Mid-Western Corn-Fed USDA Prime, Black Angus, and Premium USDA Choice steaks to homes and businesses across America.
Snake River Farms - Founded in 1968 by Robert Rebholtz, Sr., Snake River Farms and Double R Ranch are part of Agri Beef Co., a family owned and operated business dedicated to producing the highest quality beef and pork in the United States. The Northwest has distinct advantages over other cattle raising regions including a temperate climate that keeps the cattle comfortable throughout every season. The geographic location also provides access to a diverse range of feed ingredients.
Omaha Steaks - one of the best know online steak companies around. Headquartered in Nebraska, Omaha Steaks distributes a wide variety of premium steaks, red meats and other gourmet foods. It is a family business and have been since their founding in 1917.
Stock Yards - for over 100 years, Stock Yards has been providing the very best USDA Prime and Choice steaks, pork, lamb and veal to America's finest restaurants, resorts and clubs. Stock Yards first opened its doors in 1893.
CertifiedSteak.com - Certified Steak and Seafood Company was formed by the three Frisch brothers, Mark, Adam, and Steven; all of whom thought that everyone should be able to buy the highest quality steaks and seafood direct. They source directly with no "middle man" making our supply chain the shortest in the industry and offer a 100% guarantee.
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