This cut comes from the breast of the animal, just above the front legs. It’s probably best slow-roasted for maximum tenderness. Can also be used for salt beef. When placed in a salt marinade for several hours then simmered in a pan with water, peppercorns, celery, carrot and onion, it will develop a deep crimson colour.
Or tenderloin comes from the back of the animal above the short loin and is the most tender and most expensive cut of steak, mainly because there is only about 500g on the average beef carcass and contains very little connective tissue. Although mild in flavour compared with other cuts, it certainly 'melts in the mouth'. In France this cut is normally known as filet mignon.
Meat that has been passed through a mincing machine to provide small pieces. Most types of meat can be minced - beef, lamb or pork and it is cheap and tasty. It is usually made from cheaper cuts of meat from the front shoulders, cow’s belly and flank.
It can be used to make burgers, pie fillings, pasta sauces and meatballs.
Is a beef steak diced into fairly small pieces which will break down during cooking. Skirt steak comes from below the animal’s diaphragm and is an excellent cut for braising. It is popular for its flavour but not tenderness. When prepared correctly and marinated it is good value and versatile.
Are a popular cut of beef due to their versatility. Also known as Jacob’s Ladder or Thin ribs in the UK, they are usually meatier and larger than pork spare ribs. Short ribs come from the lower rib cage of the cow referred to as ‘plate’ or ‘short plate’. Braising is a popular method of cooking but barbecuing, steaming or pressure cooking can provide very good results. Due to short ribs being slightly tougher than premium cuts of meat, when grilling, they should be sliced thinly against the grain before serving.
This cut is taken from the leg and usually has a bone intact. It can be taken from the forequarter or hindquarter of the animal.
The cheapest and most tasty cuts of meat are the shin or shoulder. Known as Stewing Steak they are the toughest and usually require longer cooking time, about two and a half hours depending on the recipe.
There is not a lot of difference between cow or calf liver, but some will say calf liver has a stronger flavour. They’re both packed with vitamins (mainly B12) and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Also good for making paté.