Beef is the meat of adult cattle (cows & bulls). Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with beef as an ingredient. Questions about dishes which include beef, but are not focused on beef, should not use this tag.

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What is the internal temperature a steak should be cooked to for Rare/Medium Rare/Medium/Well?

I'd like to know when to take my steaks off the grill and please everybody.
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Is ground beef that was in the refrigerator for two weeks and has turned brown still usable?

I bought some ground beef around 2 weeks ago and used half of it, putting the rest in a freezer bag in my fridge (not the freezer). It has since turned brown (not red, as when I bought it). Is it ...
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How to stop meatballs falling apart when frying

I tried cooking meatballs as a change to what I usually cook but I found that they didn't stay together when being fried. I made the meatballs with about 500g of mince, a chopped onion, some herbs ...
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How do you cook grass-fed beef so it is not tough?

I recently went to a farmers market and bought some grass-fed beef. I went with what we normally buy, and got a couple of bone-in thick cut ribeye. I typically prepare this by liberally applying ...
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What is ground beef?

I keep hearing about Ground Beef, but I'm from Australia and I've never actually seen it before. Is it the same thing as Minced Beef? Or different? Is Minced beef an acceptible substitute if they're ...
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How safe is steak tartare?

How safe is steak tartare? What can I do when preparing it make sure it is safe to eat?
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Fat contents from different types of ground beef when drained

At the grocery store, they've got different types of ground beef: ground round, ground chuck, ground sirloin, etc. They each have different fat percentages. Anything from 70/30 (30% fat content) to ...
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Beef Broth - What Went Wrong?

Home-cooked Phở is my white whale. Anyway, before I can cook Phở, I need to be able to make beef broth, and so far I've failed completely. My broth is greenish-gray in color, mostly flavorless, and ...
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Is it safe to cook a steak that was left out (raw) for 7 hours?

I left a round steak out for 7 hours in a container of cold water. It was wrapped very well, hadn't been opened yet. Is it ok to cook this? I planned on cooking it in the crockpot for 8 hours.
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To which internal temperature should I cook beef for rare/medium/well done?

I am going to cook a beef roast: To which internal temperature should I cook it for rare/medium/well done?
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To sear or not to sear - slow cooking beef dishes

I want to make beef goulash in my slow cooker (first time). The instructions call for adding the beef as is. Something in my gut (rightly or wrongly) tells me to sear it first. Will it turn out ...
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Why does my steak turn out well done when the temperature probe says it's only rare?

Is it because I used a poor cut of meat? Did I not cook it fast enough? Should I have removed it from the heat sooner? Is my cut too thick? Is my temperature probe too conservative?
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Should beef jerky be cut with or across the grain?

Recipes seem to be split down the middle of whether or not meat to make jerky should be cut with the grain or across it. What is the difference in the final product when cutting with vs across the ...
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What is the difference between various cuts of steak?

I'm sure each has their own differences in texture (and cost) but don't really know exactly what they are or what they are best used for. I like bone in ribeyes so I haven't bothered to try ...
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Is it safe to overcook beef or other meat?

When making hamburgers, I prefer to grill the beef until it is very dark and the outside is entirely black. I know that it is dangerous to eat beef that not cooked enough, but is there any hazard in ...
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Is there a difference between Kansas City strip and New York strip?

Wikipedia gives the impression that Kansas City strip refers to the same cut as New York strip. Are they really the same cuts? If so, which name is more "authentic"? And if not, what's the difference ...
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Help with ground beef seasoning: flavors are weak

So I routinely serve up very simple style burritos in my apartment (beef, sour cream, cheese and white flour tortillas), and I've grown well past the days of using pre-mixed seasoning packets to ...
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Mushroom replacement in Beef Wellington

I saw a great recipe for Beef Wellington on Serious Eats that I'm eager to try. However, my roommate does not eat mushrooms (both because he dislikes the flavor and because he had a bad experience as ...
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Cooking beef: how to make it tender?

I have been trying to sauté beef and make pan sauces, but the meat seems to always become somewhat dry and chewy. How do I avoid this? I have the same issue when stewing beef in a slow cooker or dutch ...
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Is it okay to salt beef before or while cooking it?

I recall reading that you should not salt beef until after it is cooked or it will dry the beef. Yet I see recipes that call for salt in a beef marinade. Is it true that you should only salt beef ...
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What are some alternative wines for Boeuf Bourguignon?

Traditionally a Burgundy wine is used for Beef Bourguignon. What are alternative replacements for this dish?
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Ground beef storage and use past sell-by date

When I buy food it's at least a few weeks worth, and I bought some ground beef the other day with the intention of using it over a couple weeks. I have a couple questions regarding storage: I use ...
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Making Beef Stock

I just purchased some nice beef marrow bones. What I'd like to do is make myself some beef stock for soups and whatever else. Now I'm planning on making a Mirepoix and then adding the bones and then ...
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What cattle do we get our “beef” from in the US?

What type of cattle (i.e. cow) do we usually get our "beef" from? There are different variations of cows - e.g. longhorn, bull, buffalo and more - but when I buy "beef" in the market I am never told ...
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Is it safe to throw frozen meat in marinade?

What if I don't wait for it to defrost. Does it affect taste in a bad way? Or is it unhealthy? How does it compare to thawed meat?
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Soaking beef in water

I've begun cooking Asian food in the past year or so, and in many Korean and Chinese beef recipes, I see instructions to soak beef in water. Just plain water, not salt water or anything. And every ...
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Does chopping steak negate the benefit of using better meat?

A sub shop I liked to go to in college offered two kinds of cheesesteak: the "'regular' cheese steak sub" and the "Filet Mignon steak sub." The only difference between the two was the cut of meat ...
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How to cook fall-off-the-bone beef spare ribs in oven or on stove top?

All, I would like to cook spare ribs to a fall-off-the-bone consistency. I don't have access to a grill. I know how to do that with pork shoulders (dry rubbed, then uncovered in the oven at low ...
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Is beef 'aged' in vacuum packed bags?

I got some beef this weekend with the following label. This label is obviously not aimed at the consumer, but as I was after a single piece, the guy behind the counter gave it to me in its original ...
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Can I store suet or home-rendered tallow at room temperature for a year?

This weekend I will be in possession of 100 lbs of beef suet (which I'll be getting from a butcher friend) and plan to render it into tallow. I can't even begin to imagine exactly what this amount of ...
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Other Wagyu cuts beyond steaks

I recently had the pleasure of a Wagyu sirloin steak and was blown away by the flavour and texture. At the cost it's not exactly the type of food you could have every week but what I wanted to know is ...
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Substitution for Suet in Christmas Pudding

I'm interested in making a traditional Christmas pudding but I've never seen suet available in the stores around here. Assuming I can't find any, what would be a good substitution?
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How can I efficiently render 100 lbs of suet into tallow in a home kitchen?

As I mentioned in another question, I'm about to undergo a 100 lb suet-to-tallow rendering process. The problem is, as much as I love tallow, I've never rendered suet myself before and I have a ...
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3D meat cuts references?

I always have trouble reading the diagrams that indicate the cuts of meat. It's hard to tell how deep the cuts go, etc. Are there any 3D diagrams out there? This blog entry has a cross section of the ...
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Tough roast.. what's going wrong?

My housemate often manages to pick up reduced meat from the local supermarket (Sainsbury's in the UK) at the time he comes home. It's usually silverside, topside or brisket of beef. Occasionally it's ...
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What is a cheap but good cut of beef for grilling?

If I grill filet mignon it comes out tender and easy to cut and delicious of course but no matter what other cut of beef I grill it's like eating leather. I've read about "salting" the meat for ...
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Stewing beef - how long is too long?

From what I understand, the cooking process melts the collagen, turning it into gelatin and making the meat more tender. However, the process also tends to cook the meat itself, making it tougher. ...
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How do I adjust the cooking time for two joints as opposed to one?

I have a recipe for roasting sirloin of beef. It calls for a 1.5-2kg piece of meat. I couldn't find a piece this large, so have two half sized joints - one about 950g, one about 700g. My recipe tells ...
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What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef?

What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef? I am told they just butcher the animals dfferently. Certainly the cuts don't seem the same. For example is faux fillet really exactly ...
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How many pounds of fresh beef does it take to make a pound of beef jerky?

Beef obviously loses water when you dehydrate it to make beef jerky. What's the ratio here? Does it take two pounds of fresh beef to make a pound of beef jerky?
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How to cure beef jerky with a minimum of salt?

I just made a batch of jerky last weekend. I used the packet that came with the dehydrator. Marinade for 4 hours, dehydrate at 160 for 14 hours (12 for smaller peices) It turned out excellent! (I did ...
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How to cook eye of round roast?

What are my options for cooking an eye of round roast? What's the best way to cook this cut of meat to minimize the potential for it to dry out?
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Beef Wellington - how to get it (especially the pastry) right?

I'm thinking about cooking Beef Wellington this upcoming weekend for six adults and three kids. I've made it, with ok-ish results, before, but the trick is always getting the pastry right. Not too ...
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Why are drippings from restaraunt ground beef colored orange?

I've noticed over the years that whenever I cook ground beef from the grocery store, the drippings in the beef are typically clear in color. When eating out, if I order a particularly greasy ground ...
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Should I keep the meat boiled off of bones when making beef broth?

I am making a simple beef stock from the leftover bones from a New York cut roast beef. Beyond adding a mirepoix and boiling the bones for three hours I'm not doing anything special. When I make stock ...
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Why is my chuck roast dry?

Our chuck roast came out tender but dry. Why? We used the Beef in Barolo recipe from Americas Test Kitchen: - 2 lbs chuck roast seasoned with salt and pepper - Cooked at 300*F for 3 hours in a full ...
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What is the best cut of beef to use for stews?

What cut of beef should I use for a beef stew? I heard that you want a little bit of fat in the meat, but what part the animal is best to use?
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What cut of beef is “fillet of beef”?

I usually cook vegetarian dishes because it's easier for me although I'm a huge carnivore. I'm taking a stab at this steak sandwich recipe which calls for "fillet of beef". What does that mean? Which ...
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How can I stop roast beef drying out?

I've bought a beef joint for roasting but it doesn't have much fat around it. How can I stop it drying out?
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Should I brown meat for stew?

I always look through the comments on recipes I find online that I want to try. The comments are usually helpful and give great tips on how to make the dish even better! I recently found a great ...