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Meat Selection 101: Tips and Tricks

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Choosing beef and pork that’s too lean ranks as the No. 1 buying mistake, meat experts say.

“I think the biggest consumer misunderstanding is when people, especially with beef, want to buy leaner cuts that don’t have marbling in them or not a lot of fat. But fat is flavor,” says Brandon Klehm, meats judging coach and meat science outreach coordinator at the University of Illinois. “Those higher marbled steaks or that ground chuck versus ground round will be more flavorful on your burger bun or on your plate with mashed potatoes. Animal fat is healthier than processed fat. A little bit of fat is not a bad thing.”

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That said, select beef and pork cuts for marbling and the following characteristics:

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