This post, Best Tips for Adding Beef to your Holiday Meals, is funded by The Beef Checkoff and brought to you by The Motherhood. All opinions in this blog are my own.
We are just days away from Christmas and I am in full planning mode.
There’s the gift shopping. Check. The Christmas cards. Check. The wrapping. Check. The meal planning – well, I’m still working on this one. I’m hosting eleven people this year and though many might be drooling over what desserts may show up, I’m drooling over the main course.
Beef Prices Have Dropped 10%
Turkey might be traditional for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas (and New Year’s) it’s often beef. This year you have even more reason to add beef to your holiday menu. Why? Beef retail prices are down nearly ten percent from the highest prices in late 2014. That is good news for the pocketbook, something we could all use this time of year.
Bottom Line – With lower prices at the grocery store, take advantage as you meal plan, shopping for roasts, steaks and even ground beef.
Here are 6 ways to save on beef…
Adding Beef to your Holiday Table
For many, a roast is the best option for the holidays. It might take more time, but it really couldn’t be easier.
Here are some amazing resources to help you in your planning:
- Oven Roasting Guide – take the guess work out of this simple preparation method.
- Guide to How Much Beef to Purchase – this can be a struggle for me, so I appreciate the help.
- Interactive Butcher Counter – discover which beef cut fits your needs.
Do you prefer a roast or does steak sound more festive?
I’m having a hard time deciding on which beef main dish for Christmas. There are so many mouth-watering recipes at BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com like Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs, Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce and Beef Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries.
If you are a fan of maple and acorn squash (and I happen to love both), check out this next recipe that is bound to impress guests, with easy instructions shown in video.
Maple Glazed Roast with Roasted Acorn Squash
Beef Storage and Handling
You’ve discovered how to save money on beef, and chosen one or two holiday recipes to showcase, but now it’s time to shop and actually head into the kitchen.
- At the grocery store, pick up beef just before checking out. A good rule of thumb is this: if it will take longer than 30 minutes to get your freshly purchased beef home, consider keeping it in a cold cooler.
- Once you’re home, refrigerate or freeze beef as soon as possible after purchasing, and always place beef packages on the lowest shelf in your refrigerator on a plate or tray to catch any escaping juices.
- For best quality, thaw steaks and roasts in the refrigerator—never at room temperature—and be sure to place the frozen package on a plate or tray to catch any escaping juices during the thawing process.
So tell me, what is your favorite beef recipe? Will you be adding beef to your holiday meal?