Choose beef that is brilliant red in colour with fat veins running through it, known as marbling. The crimson hue of the meat shows that it has been recently sliced. The fat that runs through the flesh adds juiciness and taste to the meat. Cooking the beef causes the fat to flow off the flesh and separate itself, ensuring that you are not consuming excessive levels of fat, which is bad for your health. Trimmed fat around the margins of the meat should be white to ivory in colour and firm to the touch when sliced. Before you prepare your steaks, look for significant bits of fat and clip them away before you cook them. The fat enhances the flavour of the meat while also preventing it from getting dry while cooking. However, too much fat left in a pan after cooking might have an adverse effect on the sauce or gravy. It is recommended that the fat be reduced to around 1/8 inch thick.
Beef is graded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for use by meat packers. In the United States, marbling is the most important factor in determining how cattle is graded and priced. The more marbling there is across a piece of beef, the more tender, tasty, and expensive the meat is going to be. Prime beef of the finest quality is quite difficult to come by in supermarkets. The majority of the top cuts are sold to high-end restaurants and hotels. Quality meat that is nicely marbled and soft may be purchased at upscale markets and butcher shops, among other places.
Select beef, which has minimal or no marbling, is the most widely available grade of beef in grocery stores. Instead of selecting meat, choose USDA choice beef for the finest flavour and softness. Beef that has been officially graded will have the USDA label on it; otherwise, the grade has been chosen by the grocery shop from whom you are purchasing the beef.
Grass-fed beef is growing increasingly popular and is becoming more readily available in some areas. As the general population gets more knowledgeable about the chemicals that are being put to the cattle that they are consuming, grass fed beef is becoming increasingly popular. Grass-fed beef has a little lower marbling and fat content than corn-fed meat. On the other hand, grass-fed beef steaks may be fairly soft and have a beautiful beef taste to them.