Throughout the world all beef that is produced is graded for quality. These quality standards were developed by a government agency and have been accepted by the beef industry worldwide. Grades of meat help to determine the quality of the meat that the consumer purchases and has a part in determining the price of the meat as well. There are differences in grades of meat and by knowing what they are you will be able to find the right cut to match your taste and budget.
There are three main grades of meat “Prime”, “Choice” and “Select”. These three grades are the common advertised grades that are sold in stores. There are additional grades as well including “Standard”, “Commercial”, “Utility”, “Cutter” and “Canner”. These grades of meat are typically not sold in stores but occasionally will show up in bargain brands or may be used for ground beef or dog food.
Prime grade beef is the best quality beef and is sold in high end restaurants and specialty stores. This is the most flavorful beef available and typically comes from young, well fed cattle. Prime beef will have a large amount of marbling and will be very tender and flavorful when cooked. Prime grade beef is priced higher than choice or select.
Choice can be a good selection if you are purchasing a loin or rib cut as these cuts will have more marbling and will be more flavorful. In general, choice grade beef is a step down from prime and will be less tender, have less marbling and the overall flavor will not be as good as prime.
Select grade beef is the least flavorful of these three grades. It will have considerably less marbling and may be tough and dry without proper preparation. Marinades are typically needed to help make select grade cuts of beef more tender and flavorful.
In conclusion, there are several grades of meat to choose from each varying in tenderness, flavor and marbling and by using this guide you can find the right one to match your tastes and budget. Fairway Packing sells only the best cuts of meat throughout the Metro Detroit area. Call today and we’ll have your order out to you by this time tomorrow guaranteed!