Does Marbling in Cuts of Beef Really Matter?

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Different people will have different opinions as to what makes a good steak. Some will say it’s the flavour and juiciness, while others say its tenderness. But whichever one you choose to follow, do know that all those characteristics can be attributed in part to marbling. In fact, cuts of beef with the most marbling are deemed to be tenderer and more flavourful.

This is why many steak houses talk with pride about how well-marbled their steaks are. When you order one of those well-marbled steak from reputable steak houses, you can be sure that you’ll get a steak that is rich in flavour, juicy, and tender. Keep in mind also that these cuts of beef can be very expensive.

Beef marbling actually refers to the fat interspersed between the beef’s fibre muscles. In raw cuts of beef, these appears like white lines running through the meat.

Now, there are people who argue against marbling and prefer lean meat. But come to think of it, all beef—even grass-fed beef—has fat. However, it won’t have as much fat as grain-finished beef. Besides, fat actually helps to improve the taste of steaks making them more delectable and satisfying. Of course, this will actually depend on personal taste and preferences.

Cuts of beef that have the most marbling are those that come from muscles that don’t get exercised a lot. For example, muscles at the back or top of the cow gets the least exercise and use.

The rib-eye though, is considered as the most well-marbled cut available taken from the rib section of the cow. It simply is the most tender and juiciest cuts of beef according to steak connoisseurs from around the world. And all that mouth-watering goodness actually comes from the generous marbling in it.

Of course, opinions will still differ in this regard. As such, it is best that you do your own tests and come up with your own conclusion. Talk to experts in a butcher shop to help you with your decision.

If you are looking for well-marbled, flavourful and juicy cuts of beef, do drop by our butcher shop. We are located at Fifteenth Ave., West Hoxton NSW. We are open from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm on Mondays thru Fridays and from 7 am – 1 pm on Saturdays. You can also call us up at (02) 9826 6122 for all your enquiries. We also have a wide range of meat like pork, lamb, chicken portions and many others.

 

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