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Recipes and Tips for Cooking Cheaper Cuts of Beef

Updated on March 20, 2017
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Elsie has been cooking for sixty years and has many recipes. I'm sharing some with you, some are my mothers recipes, hope you enjoy baking.

Meat Rissoles


Cooking with Cheaper Cuts of Beef.

Families need meat, growing children need proteins, no better way than a good hearty meal of beef.

Have you tried cooking with a cheaper cut of meat, you may be surprised how tasty it is?

Casseroles, braising and stew, dishes are delicious, and can be made with the cheaper cuts of meat, just by adding a little red wine, (which helps to tenderize the meat}, or spices, and herbs, also fruit, which is not only good in the sauce to accompany the meat, but an excellent flavour added to the casserole itself.

Mincemeat, you have unlimited meals, meatloaves, meatballs, casseroles, pies, rissoles, as my saying goes when I buy my weekly meat "If you have mincemeat, you have a meal in the house", it is unlimited what you can do with it.

Enjoy cooking those cheaper cuts of beef and become an expert cook, there is a lot of help available on the internet it's up to you. have you cook these cheaper cuts.

Beef Cuts ready for Cooking

 Image courtesy of "Meat Pieces" by Suat Eman
Image courtesy of "Meat Pieces" by Suat Eman

Buying and Cooking Beef

Undoubtedly meat is one of the most expensive items on the family budget, buying a roast of beef, is mainly for special occasions.

When buying beef to tell if it is fresh it should be a clear bright red and any fat must be firm and pale cream.

Veal which is a younger beef animal should be a pale pink and look dry. There is little fat to see, but what there is, it should be firm and white.

Beef Meals

Braising or Stewing Meat.

Braising is a method used in cooking meat and often vegetables, and it is really a combination of roasting or frying for stewing or casseroles.

The difference between braising and stewing is the meat is actually cooked in a thickened liquid when it is braised.

The important thing to realize that you are dealing with a less tender piece of meat and needs to cook slowly.

If you try to hurry the cooking you will only make the meat tough.

Never boil meat rapidly, simmer it gently.

The secret of a tasty tender stew is to give it plenty of time for cooking.

That is why meals cooked in a crock pot or slow cooker are very tender and tasty.

If you want a quick stew it is helpful to use some of the ready-prepared soups instead of taking the trouble of preparing vegetables; either the canned double thick or packet soups can be used to give a really good sauce for the meat.

Wanting a meal in a hurry use a tender cut of steak.

On the whole, you cannot harm boiled meat by giving it a little longer the stated, but in saying that when cooking minced beef, take care not to overcook, otherwise it has a tendency to become very dry.

If using veal for casseroles, braising or for a stew, here's a few things you can add for more flavor and color.

To Fry Steak.

Tip: For shallow frying, make certain that the oil is hot before the meat goes in, with the exception of bacon, which goes into a cold pan.

Heat a good knob of butter (add a drop of oil in with the butter as it will stop the butter from burning). or a little oil in the pan and put the steak in.

Fry quickly on either side to seal the flavor.

Lower the heat and cook gently for

10 - 12 minutes for a well-done steak.

6 - 8 minutes for a medium steak.

3 - 4 minutes for a underdone or rare steak.

Sauces you can add to beef for flavoring

Soy or Soya Sauce. - Just add to dish when preparing.

Tabasco Sauce - adds a really strong hot flavor to an otherwise flavorless meat dish. Use sparingly until you get used to how much to use.

Tomato Flavorings - Canned tomatoes are excellent in meat cookery, (choose plum shaped if possible).

Concentrated tomato paste or puree in tins or tubes.

Ketchup is less potent than puree.

Worcestershire Sauce - A dash added to an ordinary casserole dish brings out the flavored and gives a bite.

Many people like Worcestershire sauce served with steak

Wine - When making savory or casserole beef dish you can substitute a certain amount of wine for the stock or water.

Beef, which has a strong flavor, is best cooked with a red Burgundy or Bordeaux.

Veal - Needs a white wine rather than a red, so that its delicate flavor is not spoiled.

Your choice when buying beef

If you saw cheaper cuts of beef at the Supermarket, would you buy them or go for the more expensive Steak?

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Tomato Mince Dinner.

2 onions,

3 to 4 sticks celery,

1 to 2 teaspoons oil,

500 grams mince,

1 teaspoon salt,

shake of pepper,

2 tablespoons tomato sauce,

1 1/2 cups water - ( or tin tomato soup made to 1 1/2 cups),

2 1/2 cups tomato pulp or puree or 3 tomatoes,

1 cup macaroni


1. Peel and chop onions, chop celery.

2. Heat oil and fry vegetables lightly.

3. Add mince - break up with a fork and cook until the pink color has disappeared.

4. Season with salt and pepper add tomato sauce and tomato mix, and bring to the boil and simmer 5 minutes.

5. Add the macaroni, cover with a close-fitting lid and simmer a further 15 minutes or until macaroni is tender to the bite.

Serve sprinkled with grated cheese.

You can put the dish under the grill and grill the cheese if liked.

Beef Curry in Bangladesh

Beef Curry. Photo Credit -
Beef Curry. Photo Credit -
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Ready in: 2 hours 20 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients - Beef Stew and Noodles

  • 1 lb stewing steak
  • 8 ozs onion
  • 8 ozs carrots
  • 8 ozs streaky bacon
  • little oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 4 ozs noodles
  • 2 ozs grated cheese
  1. Method:
  2. Cut steak into cubes - not too big about 1- inch square.
  3. Peel onions and chop, peel and slice carrots.
  4. Remove the rind from the bacon and cut into small pieces.
  5. Add the oil to the pan and fry the meat, onions, and bacon for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the carrots and continue frying for another 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add the water and bring to the boil, stirring all the time.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer very gently for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
  9. Cooking the noodles.
  10. Half-fill a medium-sized saucepan with water, add salt and bring to the boil.
  11. Add the noodles and boil for 10-15 minutes. Strain.
  12. Place the noodles on a warmed serving dish, pour the beef stew on top, and sprinkle with the grated cheese and serve immediately.
  13. Variations for a change with Beef Stew and Noodles:
  14. Savory Beef.
  15. Roll the diced beef in a packet of soup powder - oxtail, tomato, onion flavors are particularly suitable.
  16. Continue cooking as above.
  17. Serve with the noodles and cheese or mashed creamed potatoes.
  18. Beef Stew with Red Wine.
  19. Add crushed clove of garlic to the chopped onions, and use half stock and half cheap red wine.
  20. Chill Hotpot.
  21. Use the recipe for the beef stew and add only 1 teaspoon chill powder to other seasonings.
  22. A crushed clove of garlic can be used.
4 stars from 1 rating of Beef Stew and Noodles.
Image courtesy of "Fresh Liver" by Grant Cochrane
Image courtesy of "Fresh Liver" by Grant Cochrane

Facts on Liver

This is one of the most important foods for children as well as the elderly as it's extremely easy to digest, has an excellent source of iron.

  • A few points on Liver.

Calf's liver is the most tender and easily to digest and therefore suitable for grilling and frying. Lambs liver can be substituted.

Ox Liver is not suitable for quick methods of cooking.

It should be cooked gently and any casserole recipes can be used as a basis for the casserole of the liver.

Since the flavor is fairly strong, you may like to mix the liver with other meat.

The liver becomes tough if it is overcooked, so do time the cooking most carefully.

For most people it is more appetizing if it is slightly underdone in the very center, so being more moist and juicy.

To Fry Liver.

Dust very lightly with seasoned flour, then cook gently for a few minutes only, on either side in plenty of hot butter or oil.

To Grill Liver.

Bush well with melted butter or oil and cook steadily under the grill.

To Steam Liver.

This is particularly easy to digest, (best way for the elderly).

Season lightly and cook between plates, with a little milk or butter, over a pan of boiling water.

  • More ways to serve Liver.

This one is very nice if you like Pineapple.

Fry the liver in the usual way, dish up, then fry very finely chopped onion and slice of canned pineapple in the oil remaining in the pan.

Liver Chipolata.

Cut the liver into very thin slices and roll around skinless chipolata sausages.

Arrange in the dish with rings of apple, season and sprinkle with powdered sage.

Cover dish with buttered foil and bake for 25 minutes in moderately hot oven 350 to 400 F.

The liver can take the place of steak or other meats in pies; the cheaper ox-liver can be used.

Cooking - Liver & Onions

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: four

Ox Liver and Prunes.

  • 1/2 lb stoned soaked prunes
  • 1 lb ox liver, sliced
  • 1 1/2 ozs flour
  • seasoning
  • 1 1/2 ozs butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 rashers streaky bacon
  • 3/4 pint beef stock or beef stock cube and 3/4 pint hot water
  • 1 carton yoghurt


  1. Method:
  2. Soak prunes overnight and remove the stones.
  3. Cut the liver into 1-inch pieces.
  4. Toss in seasoned flour.
  5. Melt the butter in frying pan.
  6. Brown the liver, onion and chopped bacon.
  7. Pour in the beef stock.
  8. Cover and cook gently on top of the stove or in the centre of a very moderate oven 350 F. for 45 minutes.
  9. Pour over the carton of yoghourt and serve immediately.

Beef Liver M'charmel Moroccan Style

Cheaper Cuts of Beef

These days there are so many ways of preparing the cheaper cut of beef, that by the time you have finished and served it no one would be any the wiser.

You can add comments here with your ideas on cooking and serving beef meals

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @EmmaGraceEllis LM: Pleased you enjoyed reading this article, hope it is helpful to you. I still enjoy a nice meal with liver even though I don't has any family living at home,my husband enjoys it.

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 2 years ago

      A good recipe is the cornerstone of any great meal - made with love is important too-

      ultimately, the most important thing is knowing the cut you have and how long it is recommended to cook it, planning out timing etc

      Your info here is fantastic though, Thanks

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I think so often it boils down to having a good recipe and you have some great ones here. Blessed!

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      AlphaChic 4 years ago

      Cheaper cuts of beef can be a great way to save on the grocery bill, especially when you have some great recipes to try. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I agree with you. There are great recipes available to cook anything. Sometimes it just takes a little searching.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @eightieschild: Thanks for visiting and the nice comment. No I haven't tried a Beef Massaman Curry, must look that up, my husband likes curries and the coconut milk sounds like a great idea with curry it would break the curry down if it's a bit too hot.

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      Hi Elsie, just popped back to say that I've voted for this in the January food club quest. :)

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      I love beef and will try all sorts of cuts, whether expensive or cheap, but you're right that some of the cheaper cuts can be just as tasty as long as you take care with it. I even like liver, which I know isn't that popular these days.

      I've not tried all of your recipes here there, so will deffo have to give one or two a try.

      Have you ever tried a beef massaman curry? It works great with stewing beef, so doesn't cost much, and the coconut milk in the curry really softens the meat until it is ridiculously tender and delicious. :)

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      reikimoonbeam 4 years ago

      Wow...pineapple with liver....never thought of trying those together but I'm gonna now! thanks :o)

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks for the nice comment. I will be adding more recipes as the months go by, it will be a on going page.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nicely done, Elsie! Lots of great ideas, interesting vids, and tasty recipes. :)

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @JohnTannahill: Thanks John for your comment. I will be doing other pages on cheaper cuts of mutton and pork.

      Hope you are not still snowed in, in the UK.

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I'm a big fan of the cheaper cuts of beef and lamb and pork. Recently used beef shin, neck of lamb and pork belly is a good one too (for crackling.)

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi for commenting and the blessing. I actually learnt from you, because, I had read lens using ground beef but had no idea that it was mincemeat. Interesting.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really appreciate the recipes and tips here. Because beef is not so good where we are, we cut it into small pieces so it is easy to eat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You just gave me a new cultural experience. What you call mincemeat or minced beef is what is usually called ground beef or hamburger in the states....I could hear your accent and enjoyed it! I was particularly fascinated by your liver preparations, especially the steamed and chipolata which I've never heard of. I tend to choose minced beef most of the time because it is so adaptable and stretches a long way. I made chili with it last week that I can't seem to get enough of. Deliciously done with excellent tips for preparing cheaper cuts of meat properly.

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      neverasbad 4 years ago

      cheap cuts of meat is cheap not because they don't taste good, but it's because they are harder to cook. They can be very flavorful when done right.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @jolou: Thanks Joanne for stopping by and commenting. In the old days, back in the 60's we used to cook the meals on a coal range, that was long slow cooking. Those meals were so delicious and tender. The only difference these days we use more seasonings and vegetables. One thing I miss is those dumplings, with that lovely flavor of stew on them.

      Must make some.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I've made that tomato mince dinner and it's really nice. I find cheaper cuts of beef do well in the slow cooker. Cooking them over low heat makes them nice and tender by dinner time.

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      wahmshelley 4 years ago

      I didn't know that January is National Meat Month until I came to this outstandingly well put together lens...Thanks for sharing your vast culinary knowledge!!!...

      WAHM Shelley... :)

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