What you want is the tough, lean cuts. These don't have as much fat, but they do have something called collagen. Connective tissue. This breaks down over long cooking, rendering the meat fork tender and oh-so-tasty. In fact, if you're making a stew and the meat still seems chewy, just let it simmer for a little longer. Keep checking it every 15 minutes or so, and eventually it will hit that magic point where it goes from tough to tender.
You want large cuts of meat from either the front shoulder or the rear end. These are the specific cuts to look for. Any of them can be used in beef stew or substituted for what your recipe calls for:
• Chuck, Chuck Shoulder, Chuck Roast, Chuck-Eye Roast, Top Chuck
• Bottom Round Roast, Bottom Eye Roast, Rump Roast, Eye Round Roast, Top Round, Round Tip Roast
• English Roast, Pot Roast, Stew Meat
I think I got them all! If you want to change things up, you can also buy the same cuts in lamb, goat, or venison.
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• Recipe Template: How to Make Beef Stew
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