BADGE: USDA PRIME
When you’re dining on a steak at a fine restaurant, do you ever notice the menu labels your selection as “USDA Prime?” Sometimes you see this sticker on some beefs at the grocery store. You tell yourself,” that probably means it’s good,” but do you know what that label really means? Since you’re going to be putting this beef into your body, it might be a good idea to find out.
When the USDA (the United States Department of Agriculture) grades a steak as Prime, it means that the meat came from a young, well-fed cattle. That means there is a higher ratio of marbling, which will result in a juicier, more tender, and more flavorful steak with fine texture. A Prime grade is the superior grade in this specific ranking of steaks (the other two are Choice and Select).
Shopping for USDA Prime Cuts
Understandably, Prime steaks will be more expensive than other no-Prime steaks. However, when at the supermarket, it is important to pay attention to the USDA Prime sticker. Some beefs will have a “Prime” sticker on it without the “USDA” part. These steaks are not true USDA Prime quality. It’s a marketing ploy to get unassuming customers to buy a cheaper steak at a higher cost. Only when the package has the official “USDA Prime” shield sticker will it mean it is a true, very high quality, prime steak.
Buy USDA Prime Steak Online!
Prime beef is always served at the finest restaurants and steakhouses such as Boa Steakhouse, Nobu, and Bestia. These three fine dining establishments, among so many more, all serve their best steak dishes of USDA Prime quality beef provided by Premier Meat Company in Southern California. From local sustainable farms to the Premier Meat Company warehouse, to the high-end restaurant known as your dining table, your beef stays fresh and USDA Prime quality all throughout its journey.