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How to Tenderize Lean Beef

The beef industry has been trying to meet the rising demand for lean beef for many years. Today, almost 60 percent of the meat available in supermarkets is considered lean, meaning that it’s been trimmed of any visible fat. Cattle farmers are also limiting the amount of feed they give their animals and allowing them to graze in pastures. But why is the beef industry doing this? What’s the secret to a high-quality lean cut of beef?

Simple marinade

A simple marinade made from lemon juice and minced garlic is all you need to tenderize a tough piece of beef. Even if you don’t have the time to prepare a complex marinade, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper are plenty to retain the flavor. To add a little more flavor, try using soy sauce or even a small amount of soy sauce. There are so many options available that a homemade marinade may be all you need.

Best way to determine

The best way to determine if a cut is lean is to check the label. There are government regulations regarding the labeling of beef. This is known as “nutrition claims.” You can find lean and extra-lean cuts at grocery stores and butcher shops. While it may seem confusing, the labeling process is based on the quality of the product, rather than how lean it is. There are many different cuts of beef to choose from, and you may be surprised to find a cut that you enjoy.

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