When it comes to purchasing meat, there are a variety of cuts to choose from. However, some cuts are better than others – which is why we will discuss nine of the best cuts to try next time you visit a butcher.
1. Standing rib roast
This cut is taken from the ribs of a cow and is perfect for special occasions. The best part is that it’s full of flavour and can be cooked in a variety of ways, making it a versatile option. If you'd like to try this with a twist, try using a dry rub or marinade to add even more flavour!
2. Flinstone steak
Also known as a Porterhouse steak, is one of the best cuts you can get. It is a large, T-shaped steak that comes from the short loin of a cow. This cut is packed with flavour and is sure to be a hit with any steak lover!
It also has an intensebeef flavour that goes well with bold spices such as chilli powder or cumin powder. They're great served with some extra salt and pepper and are delicious when paired with potatoes or rice!
3. Rump steak
The rump steak is a cut of beef that comes from the backside of the cow. It is a fairly lean cut of meat, making it a healthier option. This cut is also known for its robust flavour, making it a great choice for those who enjoy steak with bolder flavours and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Some of the best dishes you can make with it include steak Diane, steak au poivre, and flank steak.4. Wing
Sometimes called a “picnic roast” or “carcass front,” the wing is a cut from the shoulder. It's best used for roasts and stew meat, but can also be ground into burger patties. The wing is a great alternative to using chuck roast if you're looking for something more tender in the oven or on the grill.
The breast is a versatile cut that can be used for roasts, steaks and burgers. It can be boned, rolled and stuffed with herbs or mince before cooking. It’s also great for marinating and grilling. The breast can also be braised slowly in liquid until it falls off the bone or chopped into chunks to make chicken curry.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use this cut to make mince – great for adding to casseroles or chili con carne!
6. Leg ham
Leg ham is a cured meat product that comes from the front leg of a pig. It's also known as gammon or jambon cru in French. The leg ham is cured with salt and sugar, which helps to preserve it and give it a tender texture when cooked. The skin is removed before it is cooked so that the meat doesn't become tough after cooking or while being sliced.
The loin is a tender cut of meat that includes the ribs and vertebrae. It's best to cook it medium rare, but if you're looking for something a little more tender and juicy, try cooking your loin in a slow cooker for about six hours. This will make the meat fall apart when you cut into it! You can use this cut of meat for roasting or grilling; just make sure to rub some olive oil all over the outside before you do so.
8. Lamb rack
A lamb rack is a cut of lamb that includes the rib bones and the meat that surrounds them. This cut is perfect for special occasions and can be cooked in a variety of ways, such as roasted, grilled, or pan-seared. It's also a great option if you're looking for a leaner cut of meat. Overall, lamb cuts are known for their tenderness, versatility, and flavour.
The shoulder is a large muscle, and it's used for roasts, steaks and ground beef. It can also be used for pot roast and soup. Sirloin is a small cut of meat that can be used in many different ways. It can be sliced into steaks and cooked on the grill or in your oven, or it can be cubed and used for kabobs. The sirloin is a lean cut of meat with no fat marbling, so you must cook it to an internal temperature of at least 70 degrees Celsius before serving it.
Choose the best cuts to make the most of your next meal
We hope you enjoyed this list of cuts to try next time you visit a butcher. Your butcher is around to help you choose the right cut of meat for your needs, so don't be afraid to ask questions! And remember, when in doubt, cook it low and slow. At Halswell Butchery, we’re here to provide you with the freshest cuts – don’t hesitate to stop by!