Why does it have to be ground beef? Well, as you all know, ground meat is the most versatile type of meat sold on the market. A small portion of it can give your soup or dish a meaty taste. Whether it’s burgers, meatloaf, taco or spring rolls, you need ground meat.
It is also cheaper than big cuts and slices of meat. So, if your budget is tight, just keep portions of it in your freezer and you can plan your whole week’s meals from it.
With this thought in mind, I was curious to find out where ground meat comes from and what ground chuck is? Is it the same as the ground beef that I bought earlier? Let’s first find out how ground meat is made and the different types there are. Are you ready?
Ground beef is typically beef that has been either ground up or chopped. The method of grinding tenderizes those cuts that are usually tough. Grinding the fatty cuts together with lean cuts helps to lessen its dryness and also enhances the taste of regular cut meat.
If you want to find out how the beef is being ground, this video covers it all. Enjoy!
So that you won’t be confused, I’ll give you an idea about the different types of ground beef there are. This way, you will know what to buy and what to call it. Remember both the fat level and texture of the grind when you buy ground beef. Where ground beef comes from can vary.
Where It Come From
Regular Ground Beef
Extras of brisket and chunks
The least costly with the best taste. It shrinks the most during cooking because of the fat content, but it is the most delicious and juicy.
The anterior area of the animal at the shoulder
This is a versatile form of ground beef, since it is less fatty than the regular kind. It has good flavor and is labeled in the supermarket as "Lean ground meat".
The lower end of the cow, close to the tail area
It has a less beefy flavor and is labeled in the supermarket as "Extra lean ground meat".
Mid-section of the cow
This is the leanest and most luxurious type, but the driest when cooked.
From any part of the cow
As you have learned, ground chuck is a type of ground beef that comes from a special cut of the meat for grounding. It is best used just for hamburgers, meatloaf, and meatballs. That’s why it’s a lot cheaper than the others.
The maximum allowable fat content in any hamburger or ground beef is 30% fat and 70% lean. A three-ounce serving of ground chuck contains 209 calories, 14 gm fat, 20 gm protein and zero carbohydrates. It is useful for you to know that the protein in ground chuck is easily absorbed by the body.
Now that we have learned what ground chuck is, and found out about the other types of ground meat, I am confident that you won’t be confused during your next trip to the supermarket. It is easy to buy one of my recipes as well.
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