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Get those steaks on the griddle pan – it’s beef week at Big Barn

Beef is one of ours most versatile meats we have -it can be stewed, roasted, grilled, potted, burgered (?), or how ever you like it. That’s why getting familiar with the different cuts and knowing where your beef came from, is important for health, and to how you cook your food.

One thing we often find is how pleasantly surprised our visitors are at what some cheaper cuts can achieve.  That’s why we wholeheartedly recommend having a chat with the butcher for unknown cuts that they recommend and, indeed, what you can do with them. Butchers will not only tell you the best way to cook your beef, but what you can do with each bit, the breed, how long to rest it etc. They have a wealth of knowledge that supermarkets can’t and aren’t designed to cater for.

Our founder, Anthony, and his cousin often recall the story of the finest ‘fillet’ of beef from a supermarket which they bought. Cooked exactly how they should, only to throw most of it away because it was so tough. A piece of well-hung ‘topside’ would probably have been half the price and twice as good. Likewise the ‘chopped shin’ of a well-hung rare breed animal could be better and cheaper for stewing, than the more expensive ‘best stewing steak’ from the supermarket.

Quality, well hung, grass fed beef

Quality, well hung, grass fed beef

The great news to acquire this knowledge all you need to do is simply ask. During lockdown it’s even easier because you’re likely going to be ordering over the phone and the butcher will be able to run you through the questions you’re always too shy to ask when you’re standing opposite each other at the counter. Use our local food map and go and see your local butcher or better still, local beef farmer and ask what they recommend, as well as how to cook it (resting after cooking is crucial, at least 10 minutes, especially steak!). It is in their interest to look after you, as they want to see you buying again.

So all you have to do is use our map to find your local beef, or for a delivery check our MarketPlace for beef and don’t be afraid to phone first and get a recommendation. And for inspiration try our recipes.

Or if you have a favourite beef recipe, or any other recipe, and would like the chance to win a prize, please video your recipe and add it to KIS (Keep it Simple) Cookery. Please have a look at existing videos here and try and keep your video less than 2 minutes long.

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