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    Frequently Asked Questions About Beef

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    Q: What is the right temperature to cook a steak?
    A: For medium rare, 145°F; for medium, 160°F; for well done, 170°F.

    Q: What is the difference between the grades of beef?
    A: USDA Prime has the most marbling and is sold in high-end restaurants and markets. USDA Choice, the most widely available grade in markets, has a medium amount of marbling. USDA Select has the least amount of marbling, making it leaner and a little less juicy than the other grades.

    Q: When I take beef out of the refrigerator, do I need to let it get to room temperature before cooking?
    A: No. Beef can be cooked immediately after removing it from the refrigerator.

    Q: Why is it recommended to let beef rest after cooking it?
    A: Letting the beef rest allows the juices released during cooking to be absorbed back into the meat. This ensures the beef will be juicy and flavorful. On average, rest time is recommended at approximately 5 minutes before digging into that delicious beef.

    Q: What qualifies as “lean” beef?
    A: There are 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for “lean beef.” Lean beef is defined as cuts of beef that have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol (per 3-oz. serving).

    Q: What is the best way to store beef?
    A: Refrigerate or freeze beef as soon as possible. Place beef packages on the lowest shelf in your refrigerator on a plate or tray to catch any juices. Leftovers should be refrigerated promptly after serving (within 2 hours after cooking).

    Q: How can I avoid cross-contamination when cooking with beef?
    A: Wash hands well in hot, soapy water before and after handling raw meat. Keep the raw meat juices away from other foods, both in the refrigerator and during preparation. Wash all utensils, cutting surfaces, and counters with hot, soapy water after contact with raw meat.

    Q: Where can I buy Swift Black Angus® beef?
    A: Our beef products are carried in many retail grocery stores, club warehouse stores, and restaurants around the globe. For the quickest and most up-to-date information, we recommend asking your local grocery store meat manager if they carry the Swift Black Angus brand.

    Q: Where do the various cuts of beef come from?