Grading Steaks

Beef grades help predict the eating quality of beef and denote levels determined by the USDA Grading Service. There are four levels of beef grades assigned in the US:

No Roll - this grade is assigned to beef not even making the "Select" cut.

Select - a lower quality grade. USDA Select beef tastes nothing like Choice and Prime cuts. It doesn't have the flavor or texture of the higher grades. USDA Select beef has very little marbling, and if you remember, that's what makes beef taste great.   

Choice - below Prime on the scale. There are extreme variations in marbling, with some steaks looking more like Prime and others, more like Select. This is why only the top 35% is considered Certified Angus Beef.  

Prime - best grade given by USDA. Prime represents the highest degree of marbling and an elite product. Less than 3% of beef qualifies as USDA Prime.

Certified Angus Beef® cuts of beef grade as USDA Prime and the top 35 percent* of USDA Choice (modest and moderate marbling). Because the beef must possess medium to fine marbling texture, we can ensure every bite of Certified Angus Beef® product is flavorful, tender and juicy. In a word, delicious.

* The information above was adapted from the Certified Angus Beef website www.certifiedangusbeef.com

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