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Old January 9th, 2012, 02:40 PM
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Red face Does anyone else here buy Prime graded steaks at Costco?

Lately, I realized that I can't enjoy my steak unless I know its prime graded. Like the kind they serve at Arnie Mortons, Maestros, pretty much at any high end steak joint. Its gotten to the point where I won't even buy steaks at Pavillions or Ralphs. Especially now when I know they only sell choice graded meat. Anyway, my point is, although I enjoy eating them, I also think it kind of sucks because I gotta pay $60 for like 4 prime graded NY steaks and have effectively made myself hostage to high steak prices. It almost kills me to eat choice steaks, especially when you see the marbling before you cook it. (Nothing compared to prime) Does anyone here have the same problem?
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Lately, I realized that I can't enjoy my steak unless I know its prime graded. Like the kind they serve at Arnie Mortons, Maestros, pretty much at any high end steak joint. Its gotten to the point where I won't even buy steaks at Pavillions or Ralphs. Especially now when I know they only sell choice graded meat. Anyway, my point is, although I enjoy eating them, I also think it kind of sucks because I gotta pay $60 for like 4 prime graded NY steaks and have effectively made myself hostage to high steak prices. It almost kills me to eat choice steaks, especially when you see the marbling before you cook it. (Nothing compared to prime) Does anyone here have the same problem?

Restaurant depot is where I buy my prime beef. I can usually get a filet for around $10 lb.

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I haven't tried Costco but all our red meat comes from the local butcher (it's local and organic). Expensive but you only live once.
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Old January 9th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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I actually have a restaurant depot card since one of our businesses is a restaurant. I'm gonna check out the one in downtown LA. Thanks.
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Got around it by razing my own. Hamburger, Helper, and Moo leave for the butcher tomorrow!
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Got around it by razing my own. Hamburger, Helper, and Moo leave for the butcher tomorrow!
Cabell does the same. He's got a herd of Scottish Highland Cattle. 100% grass fed, zero hormones etc-100% organic. The Wooly Coo's are also reknowned for being very low in fat and cholesterol. He sells the ones he doesn't eat to a rare meats dealer. We had chilli and steaks from one @ MAR.
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Cabell does the same. He's got a herd of Scottish Highland Cattle. 100% grass fed, zero hormones etc-100% organic. The Wooly Coo's are also reknowned for being very low in fat and cholesterol. He sells the ones he doesn't eat to a rare meats dealer. We had chilli and steaks from one @ MAR.
If you can keep 'em in the corral, that is....and I hope that the meat came from the beeves and not the rare meats dealer himself. Love those dangling modifiers.
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Cabell does the same. He's got a herd of Scottish Highland Cattle. 100% grass fed, zero hormones etc-100% organic. The Wooly Coo's are also reknowned for being very low in fat and cholesterol. He sells the ones he doesn't eat to a rare meats dealer. We had chilli and steaks from one @ MAR.
Cripes...remind me to wander over to your campsite more frequently at the next event. I think I had a bag of Combos and a flat Mountain Dew at MAR!
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Butcher just called for cut list. Moo...a rescue Angus bull dressed out at #1240. Hamburger and Helper together came in at #970. The freezers will be full very soon!
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I can't say I have the same problem but yes, I always get prime steaks from Costco and they are awesome. best way to make them:

salt and pepper both sides of each steak an hour before cooking and allow to get to room temp
oven 275 degrees for 25 min (medium rare) (longer for more done, shorter for less well done)
then sear each side for 2 minutes in a big skillet
serve straight from the skillet to the plate
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Young guys do not need to read this. Anyone near or over 50 will understand.

We have been going back and forth with Costco streaks. Right now we are looking for 100% grass fed (not the grass fed, corm fattened type) hormone free steaks. Seems some 100% grass cows are fattened up for several months on corn meal and still termed 100% grass. Looking for corn free, hormone free (if a cow is hormone free is organic really needed?) beef. And yes I think its going to cost, but think about this...
Had Swedish friends stay with us last summer. We came back from Costco and they cooked dinner. For 6 people, they took 2 of the 4 NY strip steaks and split them up. Dinner was justshy of 6 oz each with 2 sides each which made a meal. A week later, the teenage guys were wolfing down 24oz steaks on their own - so exreme was the corruption of US meat prices.
So my mindset is if I can find them, a 6oz steak of really good quality steak for about the same price as Costco prime is worth it. And anything that keeps the guy in a white coat with the camera on a snake happy is really important!
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I cook em the same way but you forgot the sauce:

1/2 stick room temp butter
2Tbs bacon fat
chopped up green onions
mix the three items together and roll into a log shape and put back in fridge to freeze up.

Once the steaks are cooked, cut about a 1/2 inch thick slice of the butter and put on top of the steak.

Let the steak rest for a few minutes and enjoy.
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Mmm sounds awesome I'll try this next time. There is a red wine reduction sauce with mushrooms that is supposed to go with this but I like the steaks as is
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Ok so bc of this thread I just had to get some prime New Yorks from Costco and they were awesome. Made as I described earlier BUT added a new twist: 1/2 stick butter, 2 tablespoons Sweet baby Ray's BBQ sauce and the magic ingredient: skillet bacon spread (see pic) 3 table spoons. It was stupid good.
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