Back-to-Basics in the Kitchen
For many of us, January is a time of goal setting. If part of your 2024 plan is to improve your cooking skills, get comfortable in the kitchen, or save money while staying well fed, we hear you!
Class is in session.
Throughout the month of January, we’re going back to basics in the kitchen:
🍽Looking at what makes up a well-stocked pantry
🍽Identifying beef cuts and their cooking methods
🍽Batch cooking & leftovers
🍽…and a whole lot more!
Batch cooking and meal prepping are great ways to make the most of the time you spend in the kitchen. Ready to give batch cooking a try? Download these guides to get started!
Where do all those different beef cuts come from? How do you cook it? This chart from Confident Cooking with Beef shows the primal cut across the top of the page, where the primal is located, and the different cuts from that primal. We've also noted the best cooking methods for each cut. Download the PDF...we'll be referring to it throughout the month. And don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for tips and recipes in this series!
Understanding Cooking Methods
Look next to each beef cut on the chart and you’ll see icons for the recommended cooking method for each cut. If you’re a novice in the kitchen, it may look confusing at first. Braising? Indirect grilling? Stir-fry? Pressure cooking? What does it all mean and—more importantly—how do you do it? Easy! We’ve linked each cooking method icon below to its step-by-step instructions on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.
Pro Tip: Step-by-Step instructions also include links to delicious recipes for that cooking method!
It takes just 20 minutes to prepare this flavorful and satisfying Top Sirloin Steak stir-fry.
Korean Beef & Vegetable Bowls
Use rice, Flank Steak, stir-fry vegetable mix and Korean barbecue sauce for a quick and easy meal.
Santa Fe Beef & Corn Chili
This easy to make chili packs big flavor from sweet corn and green chilies. Finish it off with a spoonful of sour cream spiked with pepper sauce.
Ranch to Table with a Twist
Recently, the California Beef Council hosted eleven food, culinary, and lifestyle social media influencers to get a first-hand look at beef from the ranch level to the table at our Ranch & Restaurant Pop-Up event in San Diego.
Meet a California Rancher!
Celeste Settrini and her family run the Settrini Ranch, a cow-calf ranch that has been in her family for more than 100 years. You may see Celeste on TV this summer as we showcase just one of the many cattle ranchers who produce beef in California. Click here to learn more about modern ranching, animal care, and sustainability.
California rancher Celeste Settrini talks about cattle having room to roam.
California rancher Celeste Settrini shares how animal care is her top priority.
California rancher Celeste Settrini talks about the people behind your beef.
California Local Beef Directory
If you're a California shopper interested in purchasing beef directly from California's ranchers, our California Local Beef Directory can help you connect to California ranchers and beef producers who sell direct to consumers.