Beef Cuts
Beef Cuts

Beef Cuts

At some point in time, a person who cooks beef will become curious about where the major cuts come from on a cow. This guide will help to explain the location of major beef cuts, and which cuts are considered the best and the most reliable ways to cook each one. The Basics of Beef Cuts Beef is divided into large sections called primal cuts, which you can see in our beef cuts chart. These primal beef cuts, or "primals," are then broken down further into "food-service cuts." These are then c..

Chicken Cuts

Chicken Cuts

Chicken is the staple in the barbecue world and can either be used as a whole bird or be divided into four different cuts. The drumstick, wing, thigh and breast, each bring different things to the meal or occasion. Let’s look at each one of these cuts and what they can be used for. Whole bird The whole chicken can be used for making chicken stock. You would roast in a Pit Boss Smoker or smoke the chicken and then use the cooked meat for sandwiches and salads. Alternatively, you could flatten..

Chicken Cuts

Chicken Cuts

Chicken is the staple in the barbecue world and can either be used as a whole bird or be divided into four different cuts. The drumstick, wing, thigh and breast, each bring different things to the meal or occasion. Let’s look at each one of these cuts and what they can be used for. Whole bird The whole chicken can be used for making chicken stock. You would roast in a Pit Boss Smoker or smoke the chicken and then use the cooked meat for sandwiches and salads. Alternatively, you could flatten..

Fish Cuts
Fish Cuts

Fish Cuts

Fish comes in various shapes and sizes. Due to this diversity, it can be difficult to understand what part of a fish you should use in recipes or which cut to pick up on grocery trip. There are a number of common cuts of fish, if you’re eating Tilapia, salmon or tuna, so once you’ve found your favorites, you should have no problem identifying them across the board. Whole Fish: While the whole fish isn’t exactly a cut, it’s still a common way to cook a fish. Some cooks like everything intact wh..

Lamb Cuts

Lamb Cuts

Lamb is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, but just be sure to choose leaner cuts on most occasions, reserving the fattier pieces for weekend treats. SHOULDER This part of the animal is a hard worker, so the meat from a shoulder is full of flavor. It’s a slow cooker since it takes a while to become tender, but this means it’s a great choice for stewing and slow-roasting. To maximize the flavor, cook lamb shoulder on the bone until the meat simply falls apart when pulled with a f..

Lamb Cuts

Lamb Cuts

Lamb is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, but just be sure to choose leaner cuts on most occasions, reserving the fattier pieces for weekend treats. SHOULDER This part of the animal is a hard worker, so the meat from a shoulder is full of flavor. It’s a slow cooker since it takes a while to become tender, but this means it’s a great choice for stewing and slow-roasting. To maximize the flavor, cook lamb shoulder on the bone until the meat simply falls apart when pulled with a f..

Pork Cuts
Pork Cuts

Pork Cuts

The general rule, the primal pork cuts from the top of the pig (the loin) are leaner and tender than pieces from the bottom. Cooking the tougher cuts (shoulder and hocks) low and slow can make these pieces tender and juicy. And it’s important that the cuts available at the grocery will vary depending on geography. PORK SHOULDER, or PORK BUTT The front of the pig: Pork shoulder (also called pork butt or “Boston butt”) is typically sold around 5 to 10 pounds as a boneless roast at the grocer..

Knives 101

Knives 101

Whether for chopping or slicing, carving or filleting, every well-stocked kitchen needs a decent set of knives. We’ve pulled together a guide to the array of kitchen knives available, plus mini tutorials on chopping techniques and knife maintenance to help you make the most of your kit. EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS SMALL PARING KNIFE A small paring knife is a great all-rounder. Its smooth, sharp blade is ideal for chopping and slicing smaller veg, precision work and tasks such as slicing herbs and ..

Knives 101

Knives 101

Whether for chopping or slicing, carving or filleting, every well-stocked kitchen needs a decent set of knives. We’ve pulled together a guide to the array of kitchen knives available, plus mini tutorials on chopping techniques and knife maintenance to help you make the most of your kit. EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS SMALL PARING KNIFE A small paring knife is a great all-rounder. Its smooth, sharp blade is ideal for chopping and slicing smaller veg, precision work and tasks such as slicing herbs and ..

 

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