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Can anyone identify this beef cut?


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I picked up this package of steaks today thinking that I could easily google "Chicago Steak" to learn what cut it really is and how best to cook it. Google failed me! Anyone?

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Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

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Looks like a flat iron or blade roast. Although in you photo it looks more like fat running through the center instead of a big tendon so not completely sure.

I believe it is fat and not tendon.

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if you look at a 7-bone roast or steak:

http://homecooking.about.com/od/beef/f/7boneroast.htm

you see several muscle groups from the shoulder. The 7 refers to that part of the scapula that well looks like a 7. that same primal chunk cut at a different spot on the scapula has a single bone in it as the 7 has 'run out'

It hard to find a good pic of the '7' but at that point you see the muscle on the extreme left slightly under the 7: thats that flat-iron, also called blade in USA. Note the tendon down its middle. Just above the 7 is another roundish piece: that's sometimes called a market steak.

If its really just fat between those two muscles you bought, it can't be the flat-iron. It also doesn't look like the market steak too much to me. Names vary so much region to region and butcher to butcher these days.

I used to see 7-blade all the time and always removed those two pieces and cooked them separately. After removing the tendon in the flat-iron, and using the market steak as is: both were very tender and had good beef flavor.

I have a good picture of the 7-blade and could scan it if you wish. Its from a very old but very informatie book: "Cutting up in the Kitchen"

http://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Kitchen-Butchers-Saving-Poultr/dp/B0013AZ010/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333024404&sr=1-2

worth every penny at $$ 5 used.

also: http://www.txbeef.org/cooking_school/beef_chuck_7_bone_roast_and_steak

and

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://meat.tamu.edu/anatomy/images/7bone.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://meat.tamu.edu/anatomy/seven.html&h=385&w=513&sz=198&tbnid=wXJkEi-Nj9oENM:&tbnh=95&tbnw=126&prev=/search%3Fq%3D7-bone%2Bsteak%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=7-bone+steak&docid=NbAwJ5oG9cVrVM&sa=X&ei=y1d0T93VHMar0AHVg-SBAw&ved=0CIYBEPUBMAk&dur=1572

2 is the flat-iron or blade

3 is the market steak but not very large in this cut.

maybe yours is a slice of 4 and 5?

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7-Blade is great-- But if..and I love dissecting !!

If you can get the long Bone( scapula ) in your chuck cut, this will actually put it nearer to the rib primal. :rolleyes:

Sorry for the divergence.

BTW...I cant get bone-in chuck..that much anymore.

Paul

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7-Blade is great-- But if..and I love dissecting !!

If you can get the long Bone( scapula ) in your chuck cut, this will actually put it nearer to the rib primal. :rolleyes:

Sorry for the divergence.

BTW...I cant get bone-in chuck..that much anymore.

Paul

Paul, look for a large 7 bone cut labeled as chuck pot roast. I'm not sure where you're from, but down here in Florida Publix markets carry some nice bone in chuck roasts.

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Thank you all for your input. Given that there seems to be a fair bit of disagreement I finally did what I should have done yesterday - call the store and ask them! DUH. It is a blade steak. DAMN - looked a lot like a chuck eye to me but blade is good too. Now I know that low and slow is the best route to go. Will turn it into a stew or a curry in the next couple of days. Again, thanks everyone.

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Blade is actually great as a steak and the whole blade primal, minus the connective seam is sold as flat iron steak. I can't tell from the pic how thick the steaks are but you should consider cutting out the seam and using them as kebabs or stir fry rather than braise them.

PS: I am a guy.

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better yet, if the 'price point' appeals to you

get some more cut thicker: 1/2 " lets say.

cut out the middle.

"season" for a fast steak.

then cook 'fast'

turn over and finish in the oven until 'rare-ish'

delishious.

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better yet, if the 'price point' appeals to you

get some more cut thicker: 1/2 " lets say.

cut out the middle.

"season" for a fast steak.

then cook 'fast'

turn over and finish in the oven until 'rare-ish'

delishious.

This is a measured 1 1/4 thick so no worries there. Nevertheless I will be treating this lot as "blade". Perhaps next time I will be willing to experiment further. Thank you for the suggestion.

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I don't really mean to beat this to death,

but I've have had issues with what I can get here as 'chuck' some SV'eds very well, some becomes 'mealy'

in the 7-bone days i could understand the muscle groups and go from there.

now ... ??

Ill ask one last experiment:

before you cook the two pieces of meat: 'poke' each muscle with a finger. are they different?

Im guessing the top part that's a little paler will be tougher to the touch than the lower deeper colored piece.

each will taste good. but that sort of info is all we can get these days.

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7-Blade is great-- But if..and I love dissecting !!

If you can get the long Bone( scapula ) in your chuck cut, this will actually put it nearer to the rib primal. :rolleyes:

Sorry for the divergence.

BTW...I cant get bone-in chuck..that much anymore.

Paul

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If it helps Anna, last I heard, the blade roast was Jacques Pepin's favorite cut for pot roast.

Yup! And these two made awesome Beef Rendang a la Molly Stevens. My adult kids will be talking about it forever.

Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

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Kudos!

but ... might you give a few more details on what you made?

I'm very interested in how """Chuck""" or what ever one might have 'in the shoulder area' serves on the plate.

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Kudos!

but ... might you give a few more details on what you made?

I'm very interested in how """Chuck""" or what ever one might have 'in the shoulder area' serves on the plate.

Here you go:

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