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What You Should Consider Before Buying Select Grade Beef
By Chase Shustack
When you're looking for a steak to grill, you want something with a bit of fat to it, but not too much. If you're looking for a lot of marbling or a distribution of fat deposits through your meat, you may want to read up on that "select-grade" steak you're going to buy.
According to the USDA, select-grade steak is described as "uniform in quality and normally leaner than the higher grades." Unlike Prime and Choice steaks, select-grade steaks are "lean cuts" and may be less flavorful and tender than higher-quality steaks.
You can "velvet" your steak to be more tender by marinating the tougher meat in a mixture of cornstarch or baking soda with oil, water, and seasonings to create a tender steak without changing the flavor, per masterclass. You could also use a meat tenderizer or try scoring your steak to make it a bit more tender and luxurious.