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Old 07-02-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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I was out shopping today and bought my son a "commercial grade strip loin" steak. I don't know what that is, but it looks OK. Is that any good?
its still good- it might be considered no-roll (ungraded)
which can be good!

however

usually, the "commercial or utility" grade are lower grades-

you are in Canada , so it may be different
but I believe the top Canadian beef grades are
AAA
aa
A

in U.S., its prime, choice, select


the beef market is higher than ever, the choice gradesof bnls rib eyes and strips are up around 10.00-12.00lb cost to stores and restaurants,,,,4 months ago it was 6-7.00lb
so, the stores are in a quandry- do they still put out steaks for 12-14.99lb ?? for high grade..

or do they buy lower grades of beef, thinking they are affordable??

that's what commercial grade is in the U.S
it is a lower grade- but its also a strip sirloin, a structure muscle, not a working muscle, so it can still be good!!

im trying to be positive-because I liked the question- he may have good luck with this

if it is un-graded, they may very well call it commercial grade and it may be decent!

here's a tip for commercial grade beef- often it may have a deep reddish/purple color to it-we call it cherry beef (technically called dark cutters)
if, by chance you have one of these,,,,its OK to eat,,,nothing is wrong with it- it is caused by the bleeding process, again not a thing wrong with it..

good luck!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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its still good- it might be considered no-roll (ungraded)
which can be good!

however

usually, the "commercial or utility" grade are lower grades-

you are in Canada , so it may be different
but I believe the top Canadian beef grades are
AAA
aa
A

in U.S., its prime, choice, select


the beef market is higher than ever, the choice gradesof bnls rib eyes and strips are up around 10.00-12.00lb cost to stores and restaurants,,,,4 months ago it was 6-7.00lb
so, the stores are in a quandry- do they still put out steaks for 12-14.99lb ?? for high grade..

or do they buy lower grades of beef, thinking they are affordable??

that's what commercial grade is in the U.S
it is a lower grade- but its also a strip sirloin, a structure muscle, not a working muscle, so it can still be good!!

im trying to be positive-because I liked the question- he may have good luck with this

if it is un-graded, they may very well call it commercial grade and it may be decent!

here's a tip for commercial grade beef- often it may have a deep reddish/purple color to it-we call it cherry beef (technically called dark cutters)
if, by chance you have one of these,,,,its OK to eat,,,nothing is wrong with it- it is caused by the bleeding process, again not a thing wrong with it..

good luck!!
This was $15 a kilo, or 2.2 pounds.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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This was $15 a kilo, or 2.2 pounds.
sounds about right

hope he has good luck with it
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Eating high quality meat has always been a priority for my wife and I.
We don't have any children nor expenses like car payments due to driving older vehicles so what other might be spending on those items we spend on food.

We buy the majority of our meat from a butcher shop.

Life is too short to not eat good food.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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i am slaughtering the cows myself, cutting out the middle man
might be the best way, but I don't know how our neighbors would feel about us raising a few in our back yard? yes, we live, somewhat in a rural area, but not that rural.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'm pretty sure, corn being converted to ethanol is one, if not the biggest reason for the sky-rocketing beef costs. Congress needs to quit subsidizing/promoting this practice.
That is what we heard on one of our local radio stations. The station is pretty rural, small town and one of the hosts has a cattle ranch. He is the one who says exactly what you are saying and he wonders how much longer this nonsense can keep up?
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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It is now worth it to buy a freezer, go in with a friend or two for a whole or half a cow, and simply pay to get it butchered yourself. The savings are immense.
When we still lived in NM we did exactly that. We would buy a side of beef and get it cut and wrapped the way we liked. We always had plenty of beef at a good price. I don't know what the cost today would be, but I am sure it would be less than what we are paying in the super markets or butcher shops.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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It is outrageous! It has definitely not kept steady with the cost-of-living in my opinion. I remember not too long ago, I wouldn't give a second thought about buying a steak. These days, I look for bargains in the markdown bin and freeze what I don't eat within a reasonable amount of time. No bargains = no meat.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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It is now worth it to buy a freezer, go in with a friend or two for a whole or half a cow, and simply pay to get it butchered yourself. The savings are immense.
This!

I don't notice the cost so much but I do buy on sale and in bulk, wrap it, bag it, and tuck it in my deep freezer. If I could find someone to go half on a whole cow I would.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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sounds about right

hope he has good luck with it
Thanks for all the info, Maine.
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