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Old 10-19-2006, 11:51 AM   #1
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Filet Mignon - are there different types?

What is the difference between butt filet and peel filet? I saw two different type at my local Costco.

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Old 10-19-2006, 11:58 AM   #2
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i believe the peel filet mignon is the steak cut from the smaller end of the tenderloin, near the 13th rib, while the butt is from the larger end.
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They are the same price, which one will taste better?
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:39 PM   #4
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You're asking two different things. The diagram shows the different parts of the tenderloin from which the filet mignon comes.





The butt is the large end of the tenderloin.

A tenderloin can be peeled or unpeeled. Peeling involves the removal of external muscle and extraneous matter.

Costco around here sells the whole tenderloin (as pictured above) or a package with two butt ends. They also sell steaks cut from the tenderloin. I see them labeled as tenderloin steaks rather than filet mignon.

Taste is pretty much the same along the whole tenderloin.
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:49 PM   #5
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the one i get to eat tastes much better to me!

thanks for the info andy. so a peeled filet is just one that's been trimmed. i had assumed it was the opposite of the butt end.

according to the hormel website food glossary, the french prefer the thinner end, americans prefer the thicker end.

i've bought whole tenderloins, and i prefer the butt end as it's easier to cut a nice thick steak. the thinner ends have had more silver skin as well.
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:08 PM   #6
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If we're having a houseful of family for Christmas dinner, I buy a cryovac package with two butt ends in it for dinner and roast them. Always a hit with gravy and Bearnaise sauce.
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:11 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure that I saw a peel tenderlion in the Avon, MA Costco. If that is trimmed, it's suppose to more expensive than the non trimmed one?
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I have seen only peeled tenderloins in Costco.
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Thanks for the question - Costo has great Filet Mignon's, Top Sirloins and large Porterhouse Steaks. I think I will buy some.

I am really not sure if there are different cuts of beef.
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I think most tenderloins are now sold peeled--without the fat cap. At least it has been a good number of years since I have seen them untrimmed. And Sam's used to sell 2 butt portions in one cryovac package which was fine, unless you were were expecting a whole one piece tenderlon. I prefer the whole tenderloin and cook them fairly often. When bought at Costco prices it is a reasonably economic splurgy meal that goes a pretty long way. It is always on the christmas dinner table.
Costco and Sam's have consistently good meats. Their pork is very good and we recently had a rack of lamb that was TDF.
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