My Ten Best Steak Buying Tips For the Home Cook
Many visitors asked me about buying steaks, so I started putting together some tips, 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 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, you'll enjoy these 10 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
Whether you buy your steaks at the supermarket or a gourmet butcher shop doesn't matter. If you want to learn about meat, how to purchase it, what's a good buy today, and how to cook it, start a relationship with your butcher. These folks know what you don't and will gladly help if you ask.
My local butchers tell me customers don't use their knowledge and experience. They have preconceived ideas of what a good steak should look like and buy an inferior product.
A good steak is expensive, so why not ask the expert who handles the products daily what they think is a good bargain? You may be surprised by getting better cuts for less money.