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Old 06-28-2005, 05:32 PM   #1
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Beef Tenderloin

Hey there is there anyway to get Select or Choice tenderloins, and if so, are they any good?

The only tenderloins i see here are 35 bucks a pound so i'd be paying 100 dollars for a piece of meat.

How much is choice or select tenderloin a pound and where can i get it


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Old 06-28-2005, 06:10 PM   #2
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Pretty much all beef tenderloins that you'll find in the supermarket/Cosco will be designated as choice. It's the most common grade that you'll find. If the beef is designated as prime, then it will be marked accordingly. Price varies by region.

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Old 06-28-2005, 07:04 PM   #3
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If you have a Costco nearby, they sell 'choice' meats, and their tenderloins are very reasonable. Also watch your grocery store ads - lots of times they'll have great sales.

Now - these are all 'untrimmed', meaning you have to do all the trimming of fat and silverskin yourself. If you saw a 'choice' tenderloin for $30/lb, I'm willing to bet it was already trimmed out.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:10 PM   #4
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Here in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area, Costco sells whole choice grade tenderloins for around $10.00 a pound. Trimming jacks up the price a little but it's the best deal around. Prime is virtually not available outside of the restaurant trade and high-end butchers. I wouldn't go for select grade for a tenderloin.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:54 PM   #5
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Buying "prime" tenderloin is a waste of money, IMO. I have never found a tenderloin in any grade that wasn't excellent, unless it was poorly prepared (wrapping a strip of bacon around the edge before cooking helps to keep from drying them out ).

I can get them in any of my local supermarkets, generally for about $10 - $12 per pound. If there are none in the case, I can have them cut.

Some cuts, it's worth spending the extra money for a special occasion, but not for filets.
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:14 PM   #6
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Most grocery stores are going to sell either "Select" or "Choice" grades of beef .... I have to go to either Whole Foods, Central Market, or an indipendent butcher to find "Prime" grade of any cut (and that's usually a special order). Prime (generally goes to restaurants and steak houses) and cost more than Choice, which cost more than Select. Read the label if it's prepackaged - it will tell you what grade it is.

Of course, since one of the major differences in the grades is the marbeling (amount of fat - fat is good - look at a slice of Kobe beef if you ever are fortunate enough to see one) - there is always the lost art of "larding". But, as Alton Brown would say - that's another show.
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:40 AM   #7
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Yes, ther is a diffeernce between the grades.

We won't buy anything that is select, not even for the dog.

Select comes from old cows, etc.
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Old 06-29-2005, 09:55 AM   #8
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i wanna hang with rainee's dog! i'll bet he gets great q, too.

35 bucks a pound!?!?! that had better be trimmed organic prime beef mylegs, delivered to your house by the butcher.

most beef tenderloins around here go from 8 to 20 bucks a pound. the costco whole (untrimmed) tenderloins go for about 8 bucks/lb on sale, and are quite good. the trimmings don't go to waste either. we have happy cats....
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:55 AM   #9
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I have only seen beef for $35 a pound at a very high end butcher shop. That's crazy.

Costco is where Julia Child used to buy her meat.
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Old 06-29-2005, 02:46 PM   #10
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I can buy a nice big tenderloin for around $55.00 - $70.00 - I love to take the strip of circular meat that runs along the side and grind it for burgers.


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