At store. Need to know which is better. USDA select or choice? Thnx!

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drbabs
drbabs September 15, 2010

Prime first, select second, choice third.
http://www.primesteakhouses.com/how-usda-grades-beef.html

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Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore September 15, 2010

Actually select is the lowest grade, pointed out by @KCBeerman on Twitter.

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Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore September 15, 2010

Sorry, to clarify -- select isn't the lowest grade period, it's just lower than choice, which just means it has a bit less marbling. This post clarifies the differences really well: http://bit.ly/Ui6mJ

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pierino
pierino September 15, 2010

Good luck on finding "prime" unless you have a real butcher who wrangles primal cuts. Most of it goes to restaurants, and "select" goes to dog food. Or at least it should.

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thirschfeld
thirschfeld September 15, 2010

prime, choice and select

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thirschfeld
thirschfeld September 15, 2010

for more info http://meat.tamu.edu/beefgrading.html

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drbabs
drbabs September 16, 2010

Thanks, pierino and thirschfeld, for educating me once again. I read the link I posted on the fly. Did I actually read it wrong? I have never seen select. Why dog food only?

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pierino
pierino September 16, 2010

Why dog food? Because I would not consider serving a "select" cut to humans unless they seriously want to loosen some molars. A puppy on the other hand can have fun with it for days.

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Keary Hanan
Keary Hanan September 16, 2010

They actually sell Prime Steaks at Costco at 1/2 the price of Citarella and they are delicious.

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