Saturday, March 12, 2011
Buying Meat On A Budget
Beef Tri-Tip (Sirloin Tip, Triangle Roast)
Average Price: $5.99-$6.99/pound
Vital Information: Triangle cut from the bottom of the sirloin; often ground into hamburger.
Cooking Tips: For best results roast or grill the meat.
Chicken Legs & Thighs
Average Price: $1.29-$2.19/pound
Vital Information: Much cheaper than boneless, skinless breasts. Make sure to remove the skin before eating - Omega-6 overload!
Cooking Tips: Bake, roast, grill, fry in a little coconut or olive oil - it all works!
Pork Shoulder (Pork Butt, Boston Butt, Shoulder Roast)
Average Price: $1.99-$2.99/pound
Vital Information: Great for pulled pork, freezes well!
Cooking Tips: Low & Slow is the rule here! Low temp for a long time. Great for the crock pot or smoker!
Hanger Steak (Butchers' Steak, Bistro Steak)
Average Price: $6.99-$8.99/pound
Vital Information: Looks weird (or different than traditional steak) - but it's packed with flavor! Steaks are connected in the center by inedible connective tissue. Cut down the middle to separate and 'clean' before cooking! One steak feeds 2 to 4 people.
Cooking Tips: Broil, grill or sautee. Cut steak against the grain to serve.
Beef Short Ribs
Average Price: $4.99-$5.99/pound
Vital Information: Look for them several ways; whole (bone-in), cut into squares or boneless. They're big and MEATY!!!!
Cooking Tips: Braise or grill for best results. Work well in stews and soups.
Pork Belly (FRESH BACON!!!!!!)
Average Price: $2.98-$4.99/pound
Vital Information: This is where BACON comes from!! Very silky in texture (melts in your mouth!)
Cooking Tips: Braising is best! Cook whole or cut into cubes.
Average Price: $3.79-$4.49/pound
Vital Information: Large cut of meat - great for freezing! Bone-free = more meat for your money!!
Cooking Tips: Smoke or braise. Cook slow for tender, melt in your mouth meat.
Pork Sirloin (Pork Cutlets, Loin Chops, Sirloin Roast)
Average Price: $2.99-$3.99/pound
Vital Information: Lean and full of flavor! Awesome in stir-frys!!
Cooking Tips: Cutlets or Chops - sautee, grill, broil, bake, or fry. Roasts & large cuts - braise or roast.
Lamb Shoulder Chops (Lamb Blade Chops)
Average Price: $3.99-$6.99/lb
Vital Information: Pick up flavor well making them very versatile! Much cheaper than loin chops!
Cooking Tips: Broil, grill or braise for best results. These are BAA-D @SS!! (I couldn't resist!)
See, it is possible to eat great meat and still be able to fill your car with gas! And just in case you are still on the "meat isn't good for you" wagon check out this short article that shows just how nutrient packed meat is. No more excuses! "Meat" Your Heart Out!!