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

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Keary H. September 16, 2010
They actually sell Prime Steaks at Costco at 1/2 the price of Citarella and they are delicious.
 
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.
 
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?
 
thirschfeld September 15, 2010
for more info http://meat.tamu.edu/beefgrading.html
 
thirschfeld September 15, 2010
prime, choice and select
 
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.
 
Kristen M. 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
 
Kristen M. September 15, 2010
Actually select is the lowest grade, pointed out by @KCBeerman on Twitter.
 
drbabs September 15, 2010
Prime first, select second, choice third.
http://www.primesteakhouses.com/how-usda-grades-beef.html
 
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