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I am a magician and I pride myself on creating magical memories and moments for people. But one of the other ways people create memories is through breaking bread together, however, in this case I am talking about beef, not bread.

There are all types of ways we eat our beef.  There are burgers, steaks, roasts, and many other types of cuts. One of the things that might confuse you is how beef is graded. Since 1923, the United States Department of Agriculture has graded beef for quality for producers who request it. There are eight grades for beef, depending on tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. Prime, the highest grade, has the most fat marbled in the muscle tissues and is thus the most tender and juicy. Choice and Select are the next highest in marbling. Standard and Commercial grades are usually not labeled, and may be sold under the store brand name. The three lowest grades, Utility, Cutter, and Canner are used to make ground beef or hot dogs. Unfortunately, the highest grades of beef have the most calories and fat. A Prime ribeye steak has 355 calories and 30 grams of fat, compared with 280 calories and 22 grams of fat for a Select cut.

Many people have preferences, and of course, tough economic times can make us change how we purchase our beef, and sometimes cause us to use less. For instance, with inflation raging today and the price of beef skyrocketing, many people are switching to more chicken and pork which generally have lower prices per pound.

What grade of beef do you prefer? And what is your favorite meal that uses beef? My love of beef goes back to my childhood. I can remember Sunday afternoon dinners when my grandmother would have us over to her home, and the family would gather and relax to a nice roast beef dinner. I find today, one of the easiest ways to make a delicious roast beef dinner is to buy a Chuck Roast (one of your lower priced roasts) and make it on the low setting in a crock pot. Normally, when you take it out, it is moist and ready to fall apart. It literally melts in your mouth. I hope you found this helpful and until next time,

About the Author: Michael Reist, The Amazing Magi is a professional magician who lives with his wife in Annville, PA. He has entertained audiences all over the NE United States. For more information please e-mail him at [email protected] or call/text him at (610) 698-0311.