The word “steak” derives from meat on a stick
When we talk about steak here at Steakboyz, we usually mean beef - rib eye, fillet, rump etc. But the term can refer to basically any slice of meat, originating from the Old Saxon term “steik” meaning meat on a stick.
The average cow yields about 40% of edible beef
On average your steak came from a beef cow weighing about 550 kg; meaning it should yield about 40% edible beef, or a good +210 kg worth of retail cuts.
Cow feed is super important
The type of cow feed is important because it contributes to the texture and nutrients of the beef. Grass-fed cattle produce leaner meat; whereas grain-feeding will have rich marbling of fat, which makes it more flavourful. Because it has a higher fat content, the meat is easier to chew.
The red liquid in your steak is not blood
Nearly all blood is removed from meat during slaughter. “Red” meats are composed of a fair bit of water, which mixed with a protein called myoglobin, ends up making up most of that red liquid.
The world’s biggest steak?
The world’s biggest steak could quite possibly be found at AJ’s Steakhouse in Iowa. The “Big Kahuna” is a meat-sweats-inducing 205 ounce (5,8kg) beef dish, grilled on a charcoal pit, sliced and served medium rare. Order sides at your peril.
The world’s most expensive steak is practically white when raw
Kobe beef - a brand of Wagyu steak – is a Japanese product in huge demand worldwide. The cattle are treated better than most humans, feeding in open pastures and enjoying the odd massage now and then. The result is a lovely pale, fatty cut of beef.
Filet mignon actually refers to a cut of pork
In France, filet mignon actually refers to a cut of pork. If you’re after some fillet in the City of Light, make sure you order the “Filet de Beouf.”
Tick bites can make you allergic to meat
Tick bites can make people allergic to meat. A bite from a lone star tick can cause allergic reactions to red meat.