This is something you might observe in bodybuilding circles, since they are loading on that type thing… However there is a good few steak aficionados, who, like me, love beef and can’t possibly survive without it.
So here we are – I feel like it’s my duty to share the ways of buying good value (I hate the word ‘cheap’ to be honest) cuts with you. I will also show you how to prepare and cook them, so you are totally in love with not only your savings, but the flavor as well.
What Are Cheap Cuts Of Steak?
Before we actually start getting the really awesome, inexpensive cuts, we need to see what are they!
So, here is a list of steaks, which may be considered less expensive:
- Chuck / chuck eye
- Top / bottom round
Please note that this list is more of a guideline to which cuts are more likely to be cheaper. Sometimes you can come across other names for the same cuts (e.g. hanger steak also called ‘butcher’s steak’) and that can be misleading.
Ok, I hope that’s a bit clear now? Now we are ready to get buying and saving money at the same time…
The 7 Ways Of Saving Money On Steak
How to buy cheap steak? I am going to share a couple of ideas with you here:
1. Buy a roast and cut your own steaks.
This is one my favorite methods which I use all the time. Instead of buying, for example, round steak – get an entire round roast instead. It’s usually 15-20% cheaper per lb and you get to cut it yourself in the slices you want.
You may then refrigerate it for 2-4 days or freeze it for up to 6 months.
2. Buy in bulk – cow-pooling is a good way to save.
This one might be an extreme example (depending on how aggressive you are at saving and how badly you love steak), but you might consider that in future.
Basically the idea is the same – you buy lot of steak (e.g. 40 – 160kg). You can even share it with your neighbors (actually that’s the idea of cow-pooling).
Shop around and see if there is a chance of you doing that.
Perhaps you might not find the cow-pooling opportunity, but buying steak in bulk might still be an option (smaller slaughterhouses and butcher shops might well be willing to sell and deliver that quantity).
And you might be lucky to stumble upon cheaper than in supermarket grass-fed beef!
3. Use slow-cooking for even tougher cuts.
Have you got a crock-pot? This device is ideal for when it comes to making tougher cuts tender and flavorful. Not only it’s a healthier way to cook meat, but it’s an investment which pays off quite quickly.
Once you have it, load up with even cheaper cuts to get remarkable dishes. I am talking about the likes of brisket, chuck roast, oxtail and even shanks (for home-made broth).
Prolonged moist cooking helps to break down these collagen-rich cuts into delicious, hearty and beefy pieces.
By the way, these cuts are also rich in glycine, which is used for treating several medical conditions (e.g. stroke).
4. Sale – A Good Time To Stock Up
When the sale is on, it’s time to think in advance and buy more steak. Note that it would typically mean that it’s approaching its ‘use-by’ date, so you would need to cook it all at once or freeze it till next time.
Note that some grocery stores would have a special sales shelf, where they put all the sales items at the beginning of the day. Make sure to check it in the morning, when the stock is refreshed. You will see it disappearing as more people go shopping.
And in case you haven’t yet seen how to preserve beef in the freezer so it stays fresh and flavorful – check it out here.
5. Coupons & Loyalty Programs Are Your Friends.
You know those loyalty programs when you, for example, buy 8 cups of coffee and get the next one free? Some butchers have something like that in place, so see if you can be loyal to them.
Coupons, especially with big online meat retailers, can work the same way – and they bring savings.
How to find a food coupon? Simple google something along these lines: “retailer name coupons”. Insert the name of the place you are looking for instead of ‘retailer name’.