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Stretching Your Meat Budget

My family likes grilled steak, but sometimes my food budget doesn't stretch that far. Do you have any tips?
Stretching Your Meat Budget

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You can stretch your meat budget by watching your portion sizes. For example, enjoy grilled or broiled kabobs (vegetables and small pieces of meat on skewers).

Try some of the “value cuts” of beef, including flat iron steaks and Western griller steaks. They are from the chuck or round sections of the animal, which usually are a little less tender. However, these steaks are cut differently by the butcher, so they can be grilled or broiled.

You can marinate less-tender cuts to make them even more tender and flavorful. Try marinating the meat in a “sauce” that contains an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice. Acidic ingredients naturally tenderize the meat. You can buy marinades in bottles at a grocery store or make your own using a recipe. Allow about six hours of marinating in the refrigerator for  less-tender cuts so the meat absorbs the flavor and becomes more tender – but not mushy.

For marinade recipes, check out “Now Serving: Lean Beef” at www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn711Did you know?  A 3-ounce serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise June 2013 newsletter (PDF)

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