Hindquarter Beef Primal Breakdown

Hindquarter Beef Cuts Breakdown By A Pro

I have already written an article on the breaking down of a beef forequarter and now it is time to to get to the other end of the carcass…the Hindquarter.

The hindquarter carries most of what we butchers call, the Premium Cuts. Most of the hind leg cuts are of great eating quality with these cuts being the tenderest of the animal. Basically the back end of the beef doesn’t do as much heavy work as the front end and hence the meat muscles are looser and tenderer.

You can see more on details on my Beef Cuts Chart page that explains where each cut comes from and what they end up looking like once a master butcher breaks and portions each  sub-primal into its retail or food service size.

Again I have selected master butcher Michael Cross with his 3 part videos of breaking down a beef hindquarter, and again you will see how easy he makes it look cutting through the seams and muscles of the hindquarter and turning it into sub-primal cuts ready for the next portioning stage of the butchering process. You will hear how with his precise cutting he keeps each primal squared and paralleled as best possible for optimum yield return. A true master butcher. Continue reading →

Forequarter Beef Primal Breakdown

Forequarter Beef Cuts Breakdown By A Pro

Breaking down a carcass of beef into its primal cuts is something that I believe can only be done by a skilled butcher. In my opinion there will never be a machine invented that will be able to perform this task (famous last words lol). Beef Carcass Breakdown is an art that should never be lost. Videos further down.

Of course time will be the factor here and I am sure there are many budding researching inventors that have been asked to try and find an answer/solution by some great meat conglomerate to see if such a robot machine can be made all just to save money on employment. But until then…just let the pros do their thing.

A beef forequarter is the front part of a beef carcass (obviously) and there are many techniques to breaking it down into sub-primal cuts. A lot of the breaking down, into sub-primal preparation,  is now done within meat factories, cutting, trimming and packaging into vacuum bags and cartons, for easy delivery to butcher shops and supermarkets all around the world. But there still remains a few specialised gourmet stores that demand whole carcass deliveries to give them a marketing quality advantage. Continue reading →

Beef Pepper Steak And Tomato Stew Easy Recipe

Beef Pepper Steak And Tomato Stew Easy Recipe

A beef stew recipe which is easy to make with easy to get everyday ingredients. Add a bit of pepper steak seasoning, McCormick’s of course, and you will make a hearty dish with a bit of pang to the taste. If you make a big pot, you can freeze the extra and have a good meal ready when you don’t have the time. Continue reading →

Pork Primal Cuts Breakdown

How To Breakdown A Pork Side Into Primal Cuts

There is nothing better than watching how a master butcher can breakdown any cut of meat from its original carcass form and into primal cuts and then even into sub primal cuts. If you are interested in seeing such a thing it is like watching artistry in motion. (Video further done)

Being able to yield a knife and various tools in many different hand holds to cut and slice meat into a desired form is something that can be taught, but to keep the skills honed is only built up over years of experience. Continue reading →

Nesco FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun-Review

Nesco FD-28JX Jerkey Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun

If you like your Jerky, there is nothing better than making your own. Not only will you save a lot of money, with a small amount of meat you can make enough of a supply that will last. The only problem you will find is that it will become so addictive that you will just want more.

With the Nesco FD-28JX Dehydrator Kit you can get what you crave for at a much quicker time and start enjoying your fine home made jerky with flavours you wish to try. Continue reading →

What Is Real Meat?

The what is ‘meat’ question is fast becoming a controversial topic.

Plant-based food production with the scope of meat substitution is gaining momentum but the question of “can it be called meat” has stirred up a lot of discussion.

More and more supermarket shelves are now displaying these alternative foods as the consumer demand generated for these meat like products is growing.

These products are now causing a storm with regard to the definition of what is meat and how they should be labelled, in particularly in the United States. Continue reading →

Technology In The Meat Industry

Meat Industry Technology That Can Improve Trust 

You may not know it but meat is just another product that is caught up in the fake counterfeiting industry with the trade worth billions of dollars world wide.

Meat and in particular beef that consumers purchase is sometimes labelled incorrectly and not from its original source. This happens mainly in overseas markets but can happen in your home country as well. 

Australian beef has been quite susceptible to this criminal act but now with technology the industry is hoping to combat the problem. 

So how can this work?

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Steak Aged In A Log Of Butter

Chef Ages His Steaks In Logs Of Butter

Yep…you heard that right.

A trendy first class respected chef in Denmark at the Marienlyst Strandhotel is using his unique method to age his beef in butter.

After Chef Casper Stuhe Sobcyk (instagram) prepares the meat he then submerges the cut into a bath of softened butter and then allows it to rest and age for a specified time that meets his requirements. Chef Casper states that he leaves the meat ageing for at least 30 days. The meat is in-cased in a thick coat of butter and has an appearance of a large yellow cocoon.  Continue reading →

Organic, Grass Fed, Hormone Free-does this make red meat any healthier?

I read this article on my ABC Australia app and I think it is very worthy of spreading to extend a little more knowledge on the meat industry that I love so much. I hope you enjoy and feel free to follow the links for further information to help you make that informed decision when purchasing your meats.
By Leah Dowling and Louise Dunn
So much choice, but the difference in hormone levels between hormone-fed and hormone-free beef is small. (Photo Daniel Fitzgerald)

 

Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are linked to heart and brain health. Continue reading →

Wood Smoking For Meats

Using Wood For Smoking Meats

A unique but not new way to bringing out the robust flavours of our meats is by smoking. It is important to select the best meat smoker and deciding which fuel option, charcoal, electric or gas, works best for you. Smokers are fuelled by various methods by either propane gas, electricity or traditional charcoal briquettes. Any of these fuels in turn, heats wood and generates the desired smoke.

The amazing flavouring results from smoking are revealed with the wood types and wood size selections that are available in the market place. Continue reading →