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National Grilling Month Resources at Your Fingertips

By now your grill has seen its fair share of foods. From hot dogs and juicy burgers to steaks and sizzling skewers, the possibilities are endless when it comes to grill-able fare. So this July (National Grilling Month, by the way), let’s explore the latest resources to help make every grilling experience a home run.

Check out our latest video which shows you how to grill a perfect Strip Steak in less than 30 minutes. Then whip up a Strip Steak recipe from our Grilling Recipe Collection.

Or learn about The 4 S’s and become the master of your grill in no time at all. Then when you want to branch out and explore different flavors, you can find a new marinade or rub inspiration.

Finally, if you’ve already chosen your favorite steak and you want to check grill times, our Confident Cooking with Beef brochure will be your go-to resource.


Making the Most of Farmers Market Staples

One of the best things about visiting the farmers market is seeing the freshest, in-season produce. You can be swept away with the flavor of heirloom tomatoes or the color of potato varieties. Your mind begins to wander and your taste buds salivate as you sample sweet corn and squash. You may even find a new kind of cheese or homemade salsa.

Coming home with your bundle, you try to piece together a meal or two. But what about the protein? Well, we’ve got your back with recipes to keep in your back pocket (or recipe box if you’re being literal). These can become staples, ready to sit alongside your fresh produce and delicious new discoveries.

Sizzling Summer Beef Steak requires little more than an overnight marinade. Put it in the fridge the night before you venture out to the farmers market and your meal will be ready before you know it. Or use a juicy Ribeye to make Pineapple-Soy Glazed Beef Steaks. You could even use the glaze on some grilled veggies! Grilled Espresso Steaks will go perfectly with roasted root vegetables and a salad.

If you happen to like your beef straight up, we can help with that too. For a no-frills guide to cooking any steak you have on-hand visit our grilling, broiling, and skillet cooking pages where you’ll find timing, helpful tips and even how-to videos. 

Summertime Family Favorites 

We all love a cook-out. You know what to expect: savory smells, the sound of sizzle and relaxation in the great outdoors. July is National Grilling Month, so let’s gather up a collection of recipes sure to please the entire family!

Kabobs are always a hit with kids and adults alike. Try our Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs or Beef Steak and Potato Kabobs for a hands-on meal. Tip: soak wooden skewers in water prior to cooking to prevent burning.

Burgers are a no-brainer when it comes to appeal. Around the World Mini Burgers are a great way to please multiple palates. The recipe comes with options for Mexican, Moroccan, Italian or Asian toppings. Have fun exploring new flavors with your family.


How to Save on Beef

We want to keep the grill sizzling all year long. So when you’re looking for the best deals on beef, there are a few very simple tips to keep in mind. Our executive chef, Dave Zino, shares his easy ways to save here:
  1. First, consider  the price per serving and the value of nutrients. One pound of beef is about $4, which works out to be about $1 per serving for a family of four and provides great taste and 10 essential nutrients for your dollar.  
  2. Next, it’s a great idea to look for family-size packs and bundles which are offered for a lower price per pound. For example, you can buy a larger package of Ground Beef, portion it out for tonight’s meal and freeze the rest.  
  3. You can DIY and play butcher at home to save money as well. 
    • For instance, you can pay a little more for the convenience of pre-formed burgers or you can buy your own package of Ground Beef and make your own patties to save a few dollars.
    • You can also buy one Top Sirloin Steak and cut it into items for multiple meals like stir-fry, kabobs and steak. We show you how in this video
    • Consider buying larger cuts of beef and cutting them on your own which will save you at least $1 to $2 per pound. Watch this video to see how it’s done. 
  4. Hunt for bargains or check out the store’s website or social media pages, and then stock your freezer.
  5. Ask for help – Your neighborhood butcher will recommend the most appropriate cuts and how to get the most for your money. You can also use our online Butcher Counter to help you select the best cut.

We compiled all these tips for you in this infographic, so be sure to check it out before your next beef purchase.


New Year's Day Recipes for Relaxing (Long Lead)

On January 1, 2015, most of us will be celebrating the start of the New Year from the comfort of our home. Perhaps we had a special dinner out the night before or stayed up for the countdown with friends. Either way, a cozy home-cooked meal is just what the doctor ordered when the 1st rolls around.

What could be easier than pulling out your slow-cooker or trusty stockpot and sitting back to relax as smell of dinner permeates the air? The longer cooking time can be filled with so many activities: a nap to catch up on sleep, football games, or a sled ride with the kids. But this is the guarantee: when you are ready to sit down for dinner, a warm meal will be on your plate.

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Ginger-Mango Barbecue Sauce only sounds complicated. The five ingredients necessary will be the least of your worries. Serve with quick-cooking couscous or mashed potatoes (we won’t tell if you use instant!).

If something more traditional (read: like Mom used to make) sounds good, try our North Woods Heart Pot Roast. The entire meal simmers away on the stovetop for about three hours, resulting in fork-tender beef with potatoes, carrots and parsnips. We’ve even got the gravy covered!

Please contact kmillspaugh@beef.org to obtain high resolution images and full recipes.

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