For those who eat beef, it is very important to ensure that you are choosing the right farm, the right cut and the right grocer to buy from, especially with a limited supply of beef in Singapore.
The Benefits Of Beef
Beef is a great source of protein, supporting muscle growth and vitality. It is also a rich source of iron and vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 which help reduce fatigue and boosts the immune system. Further, as a rich source of zinc, beef supports healthy hair, nails & skin.
If we dive deeper into the minerals and nutrients contained within beef, we also fine it is a super rich source of the amino acid L-carnitine (over 10x more than cod for example). L-Carnitine is super important for our metabolism, as it moves fat around the body to when it needs to be burned.
The other more practical benefit of beef is that it is incredibly efficient to prepare (unless you are going to attempt a Beef Wellington!). And it is also very safe compared to other proteins - to the extent that it can be eaten raw.
How To Choose The Best Beef In Singapore
Know Your Cuts
Very simplistically there are eight main (primal) cuts of beef, from different areas of the cow. Here’s a quick cheat sheet for you to be able to pair the right cut for your occasion. I’ve included a few examples of the type of steak you would get from each area:
- Chuck: Flat Iron, Top Blade
- Rib: Ribeye, Ribeye Mini-Roast, Back Ribs
- Loin: Sirloin, Tenderloin, T-Bone
- Round: Rump
- Flank: Flank Steak
- Plate: Short Ribs, Skirt
- Brisket: Brisket Flat
- Shank: Shank Cross Cut
Each type of steak will benefit from a different type of preparation and cooking method. Google can be your friend here, or check out our extensive list of beef recipes.
Know Your Source
Traceability of beef is very important for two reasons:
- From a food safety perspective, beef traceability is vital in case there are any public safety concerns (such as foot & mouth or BSE). If you cannot see the name of the farm, then it would be very hard to understand if you are at risk.
- If you do not know where your beef has come from, as the company you are buying from is obscuring it behind an ‘own label’ or the name of meat distributor, then how can you check the farm exists, and has the credentials that are claimed?
Best Beef You Can Trust
At Sasha’s Fine Foods, I’d say hands down that the best grass fed beef in Singapore that you can get delivered to your door is that of Green Meadows from New Zealand.
We work directly with Nick Carey and his team at their farm nestled under the foothills of Mt. Taranaki in the North Island of New Zealand. You can check out their extensive range of grass fed beef here, and more about their incredible work here.