Buying beef can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! Here's what the grades of beef mean.
Select beef is the most lean, or least marbled grade of beef. It’s not as tender, flavourful or juicy as Prime or Choice. Most select cuts benefit from slow-cooking.
Choice beef is the runner-up to Prime and makes up most of the beef industry. It has less marbling overall than Prime, but does feature very tender and juicy cuts from the rib and loin area.
Prime beef is at the top of the USDA grading scale. Prime beef comes from young, well-fed cattle and has an abundance of marbling. Prime is produced in smaller quantities, many of which go directly to the hospitality industry.