At store. Need to know which is better. USDA select or choice? Thnx!
Prime first, select second, choice third.
Actually select is the lowest grade, pointed out by @KCBeerman on Twitter.
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
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.
prime, choice and select
for more info http://meat.tamu.edu/beefgrading.html
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?
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.
They actually sell Prime Steaks at Costco at 1/2 the price of Citarella and they are delicious.