FAQs

 

Product FAQs

 
Where does your beef come from?
What is the difference between USDA Prime and USDA Choice?
What does aging mean?
What is Dry Aging?
How do I thaw my steaks?
How long will my steaks last in the freezer?
If my steaks arrive and they are partially thawed, are they still good?
What if the steaks are a brown color?
How do I cook my steaks?
How can I tell if my steak is cooked to my favorite degree of doneness?
Should I cut into my steak to see if it is done?
How many servings do I allow per pound of meat?
How thick are the steaks?

 

Where does your beef come from?

We select ONLY Midwest Grain Fed Beef. We offer only USDA Prime and USDA Choice as well as Certified Angus Beef® brand.

What is the difference between USDA Prime and USDA Choice?

USDA Prime is the highest grade given to a beef animal. Prime beef represents about 2% to 3% of all beef in the United States. USDA Choice is the next highest grade. Always insist on USDA graded beef to ensure that you are receiving the best quality possible. We also carry Certified Angus Beef® brand. Less than 8% of beef can earn this distinctive USDA recognized brand.

What does aging mean?

Aging, often referred to as "wet aging," is a process in which we allow the meat to naturally age, vacuum sealed in Cryovac within a Climate Controlled Environment for 21-30 days. This allows the meat to marinate in its own juices, and become very tender. That is the difference between a great steak, and a tougher, less flavorful steak, and results in an exceptional quality.

What is Dry Aging?

Dry Aging is a technique in which unwrapped cuts of beef are placed in cold coolers to age. The meat is allowed to dry on the outside, creating a hard shell. Dry aging was done before the introduction of Cryovac, a very thick, air-tight, vacuum sealed plastic packaging. Dry aging produces a slight to strong nutty taste which is not always preferred by many.

How do I thaw my steaks?

Place your steaks on a large plate or dish in your refrigerator overnight or approximately one day prior to serving to allow gradually thawing. Do not remove the plastic wrap.

How long will my steaks last in the freezer?

We recommend that you keep your steaks no longer than 4 months for optimum taste and flavor. This does not mean that they are spoiled after that time, and many Customers have let us know that they sty in excellent condition with the same exceptional quality for much longer. Freezer temperatures and humidity levels will cause this to vary.

If my steaks arrive and they are partially thawed, are they still good?

Yes, the steaks are still good if cold to the touch and may be refrigerated or frozen until you are ready to eat them. If they arrive warm to the touch, do not consume them, and contact Customer Service.

What if the steaks are a brown color?

A deep brown color is common when meat is not exposed to oxygen. Once the package is thawed and the meat is re-exposed to air, it will become red again. Your beef should be fine.

How do I cook my steaks?

Simply preheat your oven, grill, or broiler. Seal in the meat’s natural juices by searing at a high temperature in a saute pan or skillet on your stove top, or on your grill. Then reduce the heat and cook until it reaches the desired level or degree of doneness. We do recommend the use of a meat thermometer to test while cooking.

How can I tell if my steak is cooked to my favorite degree of doneness?

We highly recommend using a meat thermometer and following the manufacturer’s instructions for use. We have an excellent Wireless Meat Thermometer available for purchase on our website and catalog. See Cooking Accessories on our site and also in our catalog.

Should I cut into my steak to see if it is done?

No! Cuts and fork holes allow juices to escape, causing the steak to become less tender, dry, and lose flavor. We recommend a meat thermometer, such as our Wireless Meat Thermometer, available on our website from the Cooking Accessories category, or in our catalog.

How many servings do I allow per pound of meat?

Allow approximately 1/4 to 1/3 pound per serving for boneless cuts. Allow 1/2 pound per person for bone-in cuts. Keep in mind that roasts will shrink up to 10% depending on your cooking method, temperature, and oven.

How thick are the steaks?

The overall thickness will vary. Our steaks are cut based on weight, not thickness. This is the standard practice of premium beef suppliers worldwide. Due to unique variances in the physical characteristics of each animal, no two steaks are identical in thickness. The weight will determine the overall thickness. We guarantee that you will receive the weight exactly as described, and we supply only USDA Prime, USDA Choice, and Certified Angus Beef® brand.