Before marrying my cowboy husband and learning far more about cattle than I ever dreamed, I always thought Angus meant quality and better nutrition. If I saw an Angus steak on a restaurant’s menu, I thought I should order it for health benefits.
Have you ever wondered about the meat grading system? What is the difference between prime, choice and select?
Although there are eight grades, in reality most of the meat falls into the top three grades. To be officially graded, the meat should bear the USDA initials and grade. Only about 2 percent of today’s beef is of the highest USDA grade, or prime, which, has the highest level of marbling. About 45 percent of beef is graded choice, while 21 percent are stamped with the select grade.