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Beef


#1

I'm located in canada and was wondering where you fellas get your beef from???
in particular the ground beef for say a certain lean percentage (ex. 95%), since Safeway only says "extra lean", thats right, i dont trust them


#2

Hmm, I don't have a link at the moment, but the labelling corresponds to levels of fat... time passes... okay, doing a bit of Google work yields the following (for Canada):

Ground Meat Standards
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/retdet/bulletins/meavia/grohace.shtml

regular ground beef [beef/etc]
shall be boneless, skinless meat of the species indicated that has been ground and shall not contain more than 30% fat

medium ground beef [beef/etc]
shall be boneless, skinless meat of the species indicated that has been ground and shall not contain more than 23% fat

lean ground beef [beef/etc]
shall be boneless, skinless meat of the species indicated that has been ground and shall not contain more than 17% fat

extra lean ground [beef/etc]
shall be boneless, skinless meat of the species indicated that has been ground and shall not contain more than 10% fat

Notice that beef patties, instead of just plain ground beef, have slightly different levels based on how they are described. It's more complex, just go here for the glorified details...

Labelling of Beef Burgers
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/retdet/bulletins/meavia/burgere.shtml


#3

Are those frozen beef patties any good to eat ?


#4

I tried a suggestion by Nate, which is to boil the meat a bit before frying it in a pan. This gets rid of tons of fat! Works really well.

Of course if you're grilling, this won't work so well, but usually when you grill, a lot of the fat drips out anyway.


#5

George Foreman Grill


#6

Try steaming, it's much more gentle. Alton Brown steamed his duck before he seared it to help gently render the fat out.

If you're bulking, however, does fat really matter? Just eat up! :smiley:


#7

Chinadoll has hit the nail on the head! foreman grill works great! especially when medium ground beef is significantly cheaper than other varieties here in Montreal!


#8

The greatest invention known to man for anyone dieting.


#9

Here's the Texas version of the GF grill. I've had it for about 2 months and it has been used for just about every meal in the last 60 days.


#10


I disagree.

Then again, I am a foodie elitist.


#11

Or anyone that wants to eat.


#12

Runs on gas?


#13

Propane and propane accessories.


#14

I agree that cast iron is probably the safest surface to cook on, besides open flame grilling. Yet, I use a flat-top grill (restaurant-like) that is Teflon because I can sautee and cook eggs in no time with just seconds worth of clean-up. I believe Teflon is relatively safe as long as you don't use super-high heat (say over 350) and it's not scratched.

While I used to like the Foreman, I found that it didn't really clean-up very well. And, it tended to char the top of the food and any spices/marinade. Then the whole house smelled terrible and a film of stinky grease started to coat my kitchen. I wish the temperature could be varied on those?! Anyone else remedy this problem?

TS


#15

anyone tried horse meat?
I buy around 5lbs of it every week, its REALLY lean and 50% less fat than beef.


#16

Yeah, I hate all that stuff too.

And yes, I remedied those problems. I set the GF grill under the counter, open the doors to the deck, fire up the real grill, and throw my meat on that. Problems solved!


#17

My in-laws are cattle ranchers (organic) and they give us beef all the time. I don't know if it is the animal itself or maybe what parts go into the hamburger, but I seriously have to add oil to the pan when I cook it; it is that lean. When I buy from the store I just put the cooked hamburger in a colander and rinse it under hot water. I think that takes care of most of the excess fat.

To me, eating a horse (as someone suggested above) seems kind of like eating a pet dog. That's just my opinion.

I would however highly recommend buffalo, or if you can get it wild meat such as deer, moose or elk. I think wild meat tastes way better than beef, especially if it was grain fed. A lot of it is extremely lean. Deer meat is leaner than chicken breast.