Guide to Buying Online Steaks and Meats

The Internet has become a very popular place to purchase high quality steaks, meats and other food products. The question for most online buyers of these products is "Am I getting the best product for the best price".

A number of factors should be taken into account before you purchase any food product online. In this editorial, we are going to focus primarily on steaks, but will touch on other related food products.

1) How is meat graded and why?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Beef grades are most commonly known as USDA Prime, USDA Choice and USDA Select. Contact suppliers of meat in Sydney to get it at affordable prices.

Ranked as number two in grading, there is a wide variation of quality within this grade. Within Choice grade are 3 categories of marbling, which contributes to the overall flavor, tenderness and juiciness of the meat.

a.) The first level of Choice grading is moderate marbling and accounts for 5% of USDA graded meats.

b.) The second level of Choice grading is modest marbling and accounts for 14% of USDA graded meats.

c.) The third level of Choice grading is small marbling and accounts for 34% of USDA graded meats.

USDA Select grade beef accounts for the remaining 45%*. Low in marbling, tenderness and price, this grade is most often found on supermarket shelves.

This grade can very often be dry and tough. Marinating is often needed to keep these steaks moist. As with any product, the higher grade or quality almost always demands a higher price.

2) What do I look for when buying steaks online?

a.) Be sure to look for the words "Prime, Choice or Select" when an online supplier describes the product they are selling. If the description is void of any of these key words, you most likely will be purchasing the lowest grade of meat and usually at an elevated price.