Our Guide to Beef
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Buy lean cuts. Often, leaner cuts are cheaper than fatty ones. And when the fat cooks away, lean cuts provide more meat for your dollar.
Buy in bulk. Large or family-sized packages cost less per pound than smaller packages. Divide into portions, and freeze the surplus.
Be your own butcher. Beef that has been presliced into steaks or made into patties costs more than less processed meat. Buy bigger cuts, and do some of the preparation work yourself.
But don’t go overboard. Advice to buy a side or quarter of beef may seem sensible, but you’ll likely have more meat than you can store. Such a purchase may yield what one buyer describes as “cheap steak and expensive hamburger.”