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Today's Edition of Fun Adventures with Meat - Fabricating a Whole Ribeye

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    Today's Edition of Fun Adventures with Meat - Fabricating a Whole Ribeye

    So, while my ribs were smoking away and after watching a few YouTube videos again, I decided it was time to fabricate (learned that was the proper term today) the whole boneless ribeye I had bought at Costco.

    15.7 lbs of Choice at $7.69/lb (saved more than $2/lb on cut steaks).

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    As I was unpackaging it, I discovered it was Black Angus, for what it's worth

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    Here's the top

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    First, I trimmed off, what I learned was called, the rail - mostly hard fat. Set it aside to cut into meat scraps and fat

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    Then I removed some of the fat cap. Some leave it on and trim it later (if at all), but I decided to clean it up now

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    Then I started slicing into approximately 1" steaks. I don't have a proper butcher's knife and I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, but all-in-all they came out nice, if a little ragged. Here are the first six:

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    Then the full mountain of steaks - did a couple of smaller ones for the step-daughter, so I ended up with 17 total. I would have done them thicker, but the womenfolk are light eaters and it's easier to cook them at the same thickness:

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    Salted and vacuum-sealed with the FoodSaver (they conveniently fit in the precut quart bags). Three kept out for Sunday dinner and the rest into the freezer

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    Then there was the leftover trimmed meat,

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    I don't know what ratio of meat to fat it is, but I'll make it into hamburgers for lunch tomorrow all the same (I usually try to find 80-20).

    Finally, I trimmed up the fat and cooked it down to make some beef love.

    I've got to say, if I can do this, anyone can. If you have room in your freezer and don't mind dropping the $$ ahead of time it's a good way to go.

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    Awesome post!


    • The Burn
      The Burn commented
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      Thanks. I just have to figure out what's going on with the pics. I'm taking them square on my iPhoto and then rotating them on my Mac so they end up in the right direction. Yet, they're coming out different sizes and never large.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Burn, maybe when you have it set to take them square it reduces the MP size? You can post wide 16:9 pics, they don't have to be sqaure FWIW.

    Awesome! Score!


      WTG TB!


        Great post, I have done this before with pork, will have to try with meat. Great job on your breakdown.



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