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Ground Beef Fat Percentage

by 78 · March 18, 2014 at 06:47 PM

What percent fat to buy on grass-fed ground beef?

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655 · March 18, 2014 at 06:45 PM

When buying GF ground beef (I usually buy other cuts) and I have a choice of "lean" percentage, I divide the price per pound by the lean percent and then buy the "cheapest" one. I figure I'm buying the protein. This seems like a good value approach, unless I'm missing something?

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3224 · March 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I have two options at Whole Foods: 85 lean, or 93 lean. I always choose the 85. In fact, on the off occasion when 85 isn't available, I get really really cranky.

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1220 · March 17, 2014 at 02:58 AM

It depends what I'm using it for. Most of the time, I want the 85% lean, because I want the CLA and other healthy fatty acids. If it's going into chili or some other soup and I don't plan to pre-brown it, I get the leaner variety, usually 90%. I do that simply because the fat that separates in chili and soups is off-putting to me.

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5584 · March 17, 2014 at 02:04 AM

when i buy it from the farm, it's 80/20. i think the trader joe's ground beef i get is 85/15. honestly, i dont really pay attention too much haha

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190 · March 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM

My local provider does not add any fat to his beef, it just gets ground up as it is. I don't know the percentage, but they don't shrink much in the pan. Compared to regular supermarket beef which leaks out lots of water and fat in the pan.

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26073 · March 16, 2014 at 11:12 PM

If I am paying the price of grass-fed (and I usually do), I do not buy "ground beef". I get a cut that I want (usually 2/3 chuck, 1/3 sirloin or 1/2 Tri-Tip, 1/2 Hanger) and I ask the butcher to grind it up.

Don't worry about the fat content, worry about the quality of the cut.

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0 · March 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Rule of thumb: if grass-fed, get the fattiest cut. If conventional, get the leanest cut.

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942 · March 16, 2014 at 10:06 PM

whatever the cow provides...

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123 · March 16, 2014 at 08:23 PM

I usually buy extra lean or lean, depending what is available or on sale. 7% fat. Here is some good info:

http://livehealthy.chron.com/hamburger-meat-paleo-diet-1834.html

and...

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/the-leanest-and-fattiest-cuts-of-steak

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