Grilling Greatness

Grilling season? This is California, the place that gave the culinary world Tri-Tip! Why restrict Grilling Greatness to a single season?!

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JANUARY

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 

 🍽Money-saving tips

 🍽Time-saving recipes 

 🍽Nutritional basics 

 🍽Food storage 

 🍽Batch cooking & leftovers 

 🍽…and a whole lot more!





Batch Cooking

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!

How to Batch Cook Shredded Beef

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How to Batch Cook Steak

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January Back-to-basics

Beef Cuts

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!

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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!

Grilling

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Indirect Grilling

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Smoking

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Broiling

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Oven Roasting

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Skillet-to-Oven

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Skillet Cooking

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Stir-Fry

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Braising

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Stewing

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Sous Vide

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Pressure Cooking

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January Back-to-Basics Recipes

Three recipes, three different beef cuts. What do they have in common? Each of these recipes is from the BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com "30 Minutes or Less" recipe collection.

Mongolian Beef

It takes just 20 minutes to prepare this flavorful and satisfying Top Sirloin Steak stir-fry.

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Korean Beef & Vegetable Bowls

Use rice, Flank Steak, stir-fry vegetable mix and Korean barbecue sauce for a quick and easy meal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Open Space

California rancher Celeste Settrini talks about cattle having room to roam.

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Animal Care

California rancher Celeste Settrini shares how animal care is her top priority.

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Sustainable Practices

California rancher Celeste Settrini talks about the people behind your beef.

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Animal Care & the Modern Rancher

Cattle ranchers work diligently to manage their cattle for optimum health. It begins with proper nutrition. Whether out on grass or in a feedyard, they work with nutritionists to make sure the cattle are receiving the right balance of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy. Ranchers also work with their veterinarian to determine the disease risks their cattle may face and develop a "herd health plan" to minimize those risks.

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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.

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