It's Prime! Cheap Steak Sweepstakes

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The recession could have a silver lining for meat eaters: cheaper steak. USDA prime beef is no longer reserved for high-end steak houses. The economic downturn and surplus of choice beef means such delights as porterhouse and NY strip are turning up in some cost-friendly stores. For a look at where to find bargains and how to prepare this top-notch fare, we are joined by Bob Huskey, a meat buyer for Costco, and our friend Melissa Clark, food writer for The New York Times.


Melissa Clark and Bob Huskey

Comments [3]

In Ashburn, VA

Thanks so much for this delicious story. My wife picked up a 4 pack of Prime rib steaks from Costco today...$9.99 a pound. We'll and toasting "The Takeaway" crew tonight!

Jul. 31 2009 04:25 PM
Erin Hayner

What a coincidence! Last night night my husband picked up tenderloins to grill for tonight because they were so cheap. I am also glad that you mentioned putting more than the usual amount of salt on the steak. I am a salt LOVER and my husband is an average salt person. He always scolds me for oversalting in my beef rubs, for some reason they always come out better that way though.

A couple of weeks ago we ventured for $5.99lb lobster as well, all of this food was purchased at a ShopRite in NJ. Another thing I have noticed is prime cut lamb chops (the bulb) shaped ones down to $6.99lb, which is DIRT cheap.

Keep up the tips, and broadcasts!

Jul. 29 2009 01:57 PM
In Chicago

Uh, dudes! It was totally uncool to be talking about a perfectly charred steak at this hour. Steak and eggs at the Golden Nugget absolutely won't satisfy me...I'll have to wait until I can get to a steakhouse or pick up a ribeye and season it up myself.

Jul. 29 2009 09:01 AM

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