It’s important to know where your delicious cut of Farmer’s Choice free range beef comes from before you order it. Some cuts, like shin and rump, are fairly self-explanatory. But do you know which part of the cow your chuck steak comes from? And where is a cow’s silverside, anyway? Join us as we at Farmer’s Choice present the ultimate guide to knowing your beef cuts!



1. SHIN 
Cuts from this section: Shin Steak, Diced Shin Steak
The shin is cut below the elbow and produces a flavoursome steak that tastes best slow cooked. Pop a stew on using your diced shin steak before you leave for work and come home to intense aromas and fantastic flavours.
Recipe idea: Boozy Steak and Mushroom Pie

Cuts from this section:Chuck Steak
Prepared from the middle ribs of the forequarter, this cut is often sold diced with the blade as ‘chuck and blade,’ though chuck steak itself is more suitable to braising.
Recipe idea: Steak and Kidney Pie

Cuts from this section:
Blade Steak, Boned and Rolled Back Rib Joint, Braising Steak, Diced Blade Steak
Like the chuck, the blade is prepared from the middle ribs of the forequarter, and is the remaining portion of removing the top ribs, which make up the chuck.
Recipe idea: Steak, Mushroom and Ale Pie

Cuts from this section:
Brisket (Pot Roast)
The brisket comes from the lower chest or breast of the cow. Leave it to slow cook all day and you’ll have a roast with a classic beef flavour that’s as tender as chicken.
Recipe idea: Pot Roast Beef in Red Wine, Rosemary and Orange

Cuts from this section:
French Trim Beef Rib, Beef Rib Roast Joint, Forerib Boned and Rolled, Beef Riblets, Rib Eye Steak
This cut is prepared from the fifth and tenth rib of the forequarter, giving a five-bone forerib. Full of flavour and marbling, the forerib has grown in popularity in recent years and is now a firm staple of many family Sunday roasts.
Recipe idea: Spiced Forerib Beef

Cuts from this section:
Skirt Steak, Diced Skirt Steak
The forequarter flank is prized for its flavour rather than its tenderness. Forequarter flank Rectastes fantastic diced and baked in a pie.
Recipe idea: Chilli BBQ Skirt Steak

Cuts from this section:
Sirloin Steak, Fillet Whole Piece, Sirloin Joint, Fillet Steak, T-Bone Steak, Wing Rib Steak, Stir Fry Beef
Cut from the upper middle of the animal, the sirloin is one of the most popular and widely available cuts. Serve with chips for a great British classic.
Recipe idea:
Cook the Perfect Steak

Cuts from this section:
Rump Steak
Another popular cut widely available in restaurants, the rump tastes best fried or grilled.
Recipe idea: Steak and Triple Cooked Chips

Cuts from this section:
Silverside, Silverside Salmon Joint, Silverside Parcel, Beef Olives, Silverside Salmon Steak
Prepared from the top piece of the leg after removing the rump and the loin, the silverside gets its name from the ‘silverwall’ on the side of the cut – a long skin of connective tissue which the butcher has to remove as it is inedible.
Recipe idea: Beef Olives Pasta

Cuts from this section:
Topside, Topside Steak, Beef Escalopes
The topside is one of three cuts, along with the silverside and top rump, taken from the top piece of the leg. It is best prepared using slow, low-heat methods such as braising which maintain the cut’s moisture level.
Recipe idea: Topside with Stilton, Mushroom and Walnut Stuffing

Cuts from this section:
Top Rump Joint, Frying Steak, Minute Steak
Another lean cut of beef best suited to slow roasting, the top rump is situated between the topside and silverside at the top of the hindquarter.
Recipe idea: Perfect Roast of Beef


Another lean cut of beef best suited to slow roasting, the top rump is situated between the topside and silverside at the top of the hindquarter.
Recipe idea: Perfect Roast of Beef

Whichever cut of beef you choose, with Farmer’s Choice you are assured of quality – and when you sit down with friends to enjoy the delicious beef recipe you’ve prepared, you can now wow them with some interesting facts about what they’re eating!

So what are you waiting for? Hurry and place your order for your free range beef, plus any other meat products, fresh vegetables and deli items from Farmer’s Choice online butcher!


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