Christmas is traditionally a time for a roast. Roasted turkeys, ham, pork and lamb all appear on Christmas menus, but beef is one of the most popular. But which roast should you buy. Your budget will influence your decision, but you want to get the best you can for your money. The supermarket counter can be confusing because different shops use different names for the same cuts. Below you will find a rundown of roasts and some of their aliases, going from a steer’s front to back.
Most of the beef we can easily buy is USDA Choice grade. This grade should be flavorful, but may not be as tender as you’d like. UDSA Prime grade is available, but you will pay a high price. If you’re looking for the something unusual, you can buy ranch raised, grass fed beef at the Prescott Winter Farmer’s Market, in the parking lot of the YRMC health center, across from theYMCA on Whipple St. Off course if you just won the lottery, you could order dry aged Wagyu beef from Lobel’s in New York for only $40.50/lb.
Different Types of Roasts
Chuck roast. Also: pot roast, chuck roll. A budget cut from the shoulder, it has marbling throughout, making it ideal for one-pot cooking.
Brisket. A Jewish holiday favorite from the breast area, it consists of the lean flat cut and the fatty point or deckle.
Rib roast. Also: standing rib roast, prime rib. Seven ribs make up a rib roast, one of the most prized cuts. It’s got the fat, it's got the marbling. What's called the large end of the rib roast (even though physically the ribs are smaller), closer to the chuck, is fattier; it gets leaner as you move toward the "small" (but actually larger) back end, which connects to the strip loin. One rib for every two people is plenty.
Strip loin roast. Also: top loin roast. A leaner roast from the same muscle as the rib roast, toward the animal's butt. This is where boneless New York strip steaks and bone-in Kansas City strip steaks are cut from. Left whole it’s the next best thing to a standing rib roast.
Tenderloin. The most tender roast of all—it's under the spine— with almost no fat or flavor. It's tapered in shape, the middle being the "center cut."
Top sirloin roast. Also: top butt. Cut from the hip bone, it’s lean but flavorful with some marbling. It’s not a super-cheap cut but still more affordable than the tenderloin.
Tri-tip roast. This small triangular roast is taken from the top of the sirloin and has good marbling.
Top round roast. Also: inside round. A humble cut from the inside of the animal's back leg, similar to the top sirloin in fat and flavor. This is what's typically used for deli roast beef.
Bottom round roast. Also: rolled rump roast. Another budget cut from the outside of the back leg. Not especially tender, but can have nice marbling.
Eye of round roast. A circular, very lean roast from the bottom round. Like the other rump roasts, it’s best when roasted and thinly sliced.
Sirloin tip roast. Also: knuckle. A budget cut taken right off the knee. It’s similar to the top sirloin roast, lean but flavorful.
Compare & Shop
|Beef Rib Roast||$5.77 lb.Bone-in, whole in bag, limit 1||$6.77 lb, bone-in, whole-in-bag||$6.97 lb, Presidential Cut, choice, Standing Rib Roast, AZ Grown|
|Beef Roast||$2.97 lb, boneless, Chuck, Bottom, Top, Eye of Round||$3.99 lb. Chuck, Cross Rib, Tip||-|
|Beef Roast NY Strip||$4.77 lb, Bone-in||$3.97 lb, bone-in, whole in bag||$6.99 lb, boneless, all natural|
|Beef Prime Rib||-||-||$12.99 lb, bone-in, Standing Rib|
|Turkey, frozen||$.99 Kroger||$.47 lb, Honeysuckle, while supplies last, limit 2||-|
|Turkey, Fresh||$1.59 lb, Foster Farms||$1.99 lb, Fresh, available for pickup starting 12/16|
|Pork Roast||$1.67 lb, pork half loin, boneless,||$.88 lb, Pork Sirloin Roast||-|
|Ham, spiral sliced||$1.37 lb, Kroger, limit 1 OR $2.99 lb., Private Selection||$1.77 lb., Hormel Cure 81||-|
|Ham Shank||-||$1.27 Cooks Shank Portion, limit 2||-|
|Lamb||-||$9.99 lb, Rack, Open Nature, Bone-in, imported||$6.99 lb, Leg, Grass fed, boneless, fresh|
Other Great Buys This Week
Oranges and Apples $.99/lb—Navel Oranges, Gala, Granny Smith Red or Golden Delicious Apples
Grapes $.99/lb—Red, seedless
Mandarin Oranges $2.77/3 lb bag—seedless, California grown
Pears $.99/lb—Bartlett, Red, and Bosc
Frozen Sausages $1/pkg—Banquet breakfast
Frozen Waffles $1/pkg—Kroger
Eggs $2.50/dz—Cage Free, Simple Truth, brown or white
Sugar $1.99/4 lb pkg—C&H, cane sugar
Pineapple $1/can—Dole canned pineapple chunks
Pears and Apples $.69/lb—Bartlett pears and Gala apples
Blackberries $.88/6oz—limit 2
Raspberries $2.50/6 oz
All the following are only $1/each—see more items in store
Kraft Stove Top Stuffing, 6 oz box, Cool Whip Topping, 8 oz, Lucerne Sour Cream 16 oz or Whipping Cream 8 oz, Dole Canned Pineapple 20 oz, Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Tuna 5 oz.
Soup $1.50/can—Progresso Traditional Rich and Hearty
Cereal $1.99/box—12-14 oz, General Mills Chex
Cereal $2.50/box—Quaker Life, Cap’n Crunch and other select varieties
Avocados $1for 3—Haas
Apples $.88/lb—Gala, Jonagold
Berries $1.67/5.6 oz box—Blueberries or Blackberries
Mangos $.50/each—Tropical Red
Raisins $1.99/lb—in Bulk Foods, Thompson Seedless
Oats $.69/lb—in Bulk Foods, Quick, Rolled or Steel Cut
Whipping Cream $2.99/pt—Horizen Organic, Heavy Cream
Chocolate Chips $3.00/11.5-12oz pkg—Guittard, select varieties
Flour $3/5lb pkg—Bob’s Red Mill, select varieties
Please remember always that you must use a Fry’s or Safeway card to get the prices shown above. Sprouts does not have a card, and does give you the prices from last week’s flyer on Wednesday only of this week. Happy Shopping!
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