Gourmet meats like those used for creating those wonderfully delicious steaks can be rather expensive. Because of this, it is only natural that you’ll want to know what you’re paying for—that is, how is each cut of beef used for steak different from the others. Knowing these details will help ensure that you buy the right kind of beef that you like best, whether that be one with a big beefy flavour or the most tender cut you can find.
First off is the tenderloin, which is also often referred to in some places as filet mignon or just filet. Accordingly, it is the most tender of all the cuts of beef used for steak, and also one that is very lean and has a fine-grained texture. It has a mild beef flavour, but at the same time buttery. The tenderloin comes from the short loin and sirloin and is located under the ribs. Tenderloins are also small and compact, which is why they are cut thicker than other types of cuts of beef used for steak. It should be noted that this is also considered to be the most expensive cut of steak that you can order from a restaurant or buy from a butcher’s shop.
Although it is sometimes called as the T-bone, there are subtle differences between the two, mainly in the size. A porterhouse should be as least an inch and a quarter wide, while a T-bone should only be about half an inch. Either way, this cut of beef comes from the cross-section of the unfilleted short loin, and as the name suggests, has a t-shaped bone on it. Many people love this cut because of the beefy, juicy and buttery taste, as well as the generous marbling that spreads across the whole of the mear.
Lastly, we have the rib eye or as called in some places scotch fillet or entrecote. This cut of beef is taken from the upper rib cage, and has a really super beefy and flavourful taste. When you visit a butcher’s shop and take a look at the rib eye, you will see that it has lost of fat marbling with the addition of large pockets of fat distributed throughout the meat—the very reason why this makes for a really great-tasting and juicy steak.
These cuts of beef are definitely the most popular that is used in making steaks not only in Australia but in the whole world as well. By knowing each of these cuts, you should be able to make better decisions when ordering steak in a restaurant or when you decide to buy some and cook them yourselves.
If you are looking for fresh and quality meats, please feel free to get in touch with us through our telephone line (02) 9826 6122. You can also leave a message in our contact page or pay our store a visit. Whether you’re looking for fresh cuts of beef for steak, pork chops for grilling or chicken for roasting, we have them all for you and more.
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