What is the cheapest cut of meat to buy, for the best quality?
I am looking to save money without cutting out quality. What is the cheapest and best cut of beef that you can buy at a supermarket?
You have to take into consideration not only the price per pound but the price per serving. If you are buying a cheaper cut and it has a lot of fat and bone, there is going to be less edible meat.
Cheaper cuts are often tougher, but if they are cooked correctly-- long and slow, like in a crock pot, they can be very tasty. Look for recipe advice on this.
Another way to save is to use meat like a condiment. Chinese restaurants usually do this well, small bits of meat with vegetables and noodles or rice.
For instance, you could buy a small piece of filet mignon (on sale, preferably) and slice it into very thin strips to make a fabulous beef and broccoli-- you would be surprised how far you can 'stretch it.
cheap cuts of meat can be great, you just have to prepare the day before or even 2 days ahead and cook slowly. Usually each step doesn't take so long and can be done while preparing another meal.
If you marinate 2kg of chuck steak in a bottle of red wine overnight with plenty of chopped onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Add some herbs and spices.
the next day brown the meat, put all the meat, veggies and liquid in a casserole and cook on a very low heat for 4 or 5 hours.
Tastes delicious, and feeds a family of four 2 or 3 meals and your french cooking its called Beef Daube
I like roast. For the price of one good steak I can have enough roast to live on for a week. I actually just buy whatever happens to be cheapest at the market that day. I think the taste depends more on how you cook it than what cut you buy. I slow cook it for 8 or more hours at a low temperature and it always comes out amazing.
I almost raised my hand, because I want to answer this question. I happen to be a meat cutter. Ha.
Fillet mignon is expensive, and quite overrated, really. We sell it for $13.99 a pound. If you can't find a steak that's marked down because of the date and it isn't turning green, then try the cheaper steaks that are just as good. Flat Iron steaks are great. $4.99 a pound. Chuck-eye steaks are good and slightly cheaper (Chuck-eye is actually part of the Rib-eye). Beef ribs are around $2.49 a pound, and if you can ignore all the bone, the meat in-between is also from the Rib-eye. Yeah, I think Rib-eye's the best, and today we had some marked down to $3.59 a pound. You should have been there.
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