Sponsored: Know the different grades of meat
QUESTION: What are the different grades of meat and what does it mean?
ANSWER: The major grades of meat are: Prime, Choice, Select. These are known as “quality grades” and reflect the tenderness and juiciness of the meat due to marbling (fat content) of the meat.
At Ingles we only sell Prime and Choice cuts. A Prime cut would be what is typically sold in a hotel or a restaurant and is the highest quality in terms of tenderness and juiciness. The next highest grade is Choice and it is flavorful but has less marbling (fat) than a cut that is Prime grade. Leaner cuts of beef with less marbling (that have the words round or loin) respond better to slow cooking methods.
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian