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Tip/Question Of The Day 15th August 2018

How many grades in beef?

Most beef offered for sale in supermarkets in the US is graded US Choice or Select. Some upscale markets may offer U.S.Prime
US Prime beef is mostly sold to hotels and upscale restaurants, and usually marketed as such.
U.S. Prime – Highest in quality and intramuscular fat, limited supply.
U.S. Choice – High quality, widely available in food-service industry and retail markets.
The difference between Choice and Prime is largely due to the fat content in the beef. Prime typically has a higher fat content (more and well distributed intramuscular “marbling”) than Choice.

U.S. Select (formerly called U.S.Good) – lowest grade commonly sold at retail, acceptable quality, but is less juicy and tender due to leanness.
U.S. Standard – Lower quality, yet economical, lacking marbling.
U.S. Commercial – Low quality, lacking tenderness, produced from older animals.
U.S. Utility
U.S. Cutter
U.S. Canner

Utility, Cutter, and Canner grade are primarily used by processors and canners.

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 Recipe of the Week 15th August 2018

Cajun Shrimp

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ pounds of shrimp, peeled


  1. In a small bowl, mix together Cajun seasonings together (salt, pepper, cayenne, thyme, red pepper flakes, and paprika).
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, and add onion and garlic.
  3. Sauté over medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add remaining olive oil and lemon juice, and place shrimp in a single layer in the pan.
  5. Sprinkle shrimp with Cajun seasonings on both sides.
  6. Cook shrimp until its no longer pink (about 1 to 2 minutes per side).

Servings: 4

Other Cooking Methods

If you’d rather grill or roast your shrimp instead of using your stove-top, that’s perfectly fine! For grilling, simply place all ingredients in aluminum foil, seal it up, and grill on high heat for about 10 minutes. To roast this shrimp recipe, drizzle oil on a baking sheet, place shrimp (coated with the other ingredients) on the baking sheet, and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes.

Serve your shrimp over a bed of rice or pasta with grilled or sautéed vegetables.
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