At some point in time we've all walked past the local butcher and heard him yelling unintelligebly; using words that sound vaguely meat-related and thought "What in the world is this guy on about?"; "What do I say to get what I want?" or even "What do I actually want?".
Turns out, there's actually a deep science behind butchering, specifically the different cuts of beef butchers provide, the characteristics of each of these cuts of beef, and ultimately, how they can be used in your kitchen!
Fear not though! We've compiled a list of the most common cuts of beef to help you navigate through them, so next time you can walk into your local butchers as an absolute expert!
The Bavette steak is a french name for the Flank steak of a cow. Flank is a steak cut that is sourced from the underbelly of the cow, and is generally quite long and flat. It is known to be very rich in flavour and relatively loose - almost crumbling - in texture when cooked right. Find out more...Buy Sustainable Bavette Steak
The braising steak is a cut of beef that actually comes from the larger “Chuck steak” which in turn comes from the shoulder of a cow! As you can imagine, this is perhaps the hardest working part of a cow’s body so braising steaks can get awfully tough if you don’t cook them right! But, cooked right, and you’ve got yourself an incredibly cheap cut of beef that provides an incredibly delicious and satisfying eating experience!
Braising steaks are usually found in casseroles and stews which you need to cook for some time — allowing for the natural fat of this particular cut of beef to be broken down! Find out more...Buy Sustainable Braising Steaks
The Fillet steak is consistently considered as the most premium, prime cut of beef. This is because of it's unique tenderness which in turn owes to the fact that it derives from the part of the cow that does least work: the lower-mid back! But make no mistake, though it’s tender, it actually has a very little fat — just pure, unadulterated, tender beef!
We recommend that the Fillet Steak be cooked over a blazingly hot temperature, and at blazingly fast speed to make sure it’s doesn’t dry! Find out more...Buy Sustainable Fillet Steaks
ery simply, a minute steak is a very thin — usually 1/4 inch thick — cut of boneless, tenderised beef, most often cut from the sirloin. Because they’re so thin, they cook evenly and quickly in, would you believe it, 4 minutes — despite the name! The low cooking time and the fact that its been tenderised or pounded (which means it can be made from cheaper cuts of meat) mean that it’s become a favourite of home cooks everywhere! Find out more...Buy Sustainable Minute Steaks
The Rib-eye is a cut of beef that comes from a part of the cow which does quite little work — just above the ribs! That means the meat is very, very, very tender and its taste is very ‘beefy’ and lusciously rich! What adds to the intense flavor of the Rib-eye are the strips of intermuscular fat (marbling) typically throughout this cut of beef. Because of this, the Rib-eye is usually recommended to be done to the point of medium at the very least in a bid to ensure all the fat as been rendered down. Find out more...Buy Sustainable Rib-Eye Steaks
Whilst the Filet steak is known for its incredible tenderness and fine, mild taste, the Rump is a cut of beef known for the very opposite. It’s cut from undoubtedly the most hard working part of the cow: the bum! Rump steaks are the kebab & skewer maestro’s dream as they retain marinades expertly well yet don’t allow sauces to drown out their natural, beefy flavour. Also perfect for the BBQ season! Find out more...Buy Sustainable Rump Steak
The silverside steak comes from the section of the cow which sits just above the leg. Most often used as a whole joint to roast in the oven, it’s a relatively lean cut of beef which means one should always make sure its sat in a small pool of liquid to make sure it’s not dried out when done - alternatively you could sit by the oven and baste it continually but our experience tells us that you’ll end up with a Roast meal with a warm roast but cold or burnt potatoes! Find out more...Buy a Sustainable Silverside Roast
The Sirloin Steak. What else is there to say? Sits right between the fillet and the rib, which means that it’s got the perfect balance of fat ( = taste) and mighty tenderness! Like the Rib-eye, you want to make sure you cook this cut of beef long enough for the fat to melt! Find out more...Buy Sustainable Sirloin Steak
This cut of beef comes from the inner thigh of the cow! If you’ve ever held a Topside steak in your hand you’ll know that it usually has a layer of slippery fat stuck to it — that’s kept on there to naturally baste the steak as it’s cooking! Topside Steaks have low fat content so are perhaps the most flexible and easy cut of beef when it comes to cooking! You can slow cook it on low heats, but our recommendation is to go fast and on high temperatures! Find out more...Buy Sustainable Topside Steaks