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Beef Stir-Fry

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Buying Tips

Look for stir-fry, kabob, or stew meat that has a clear, red color. Beef is normally a purplish-red color, but when exposed to oxygen it takes on a cherry-red hue known as the “bloom.” While the exterior is bright red, the interior of the meat retains this darker color. Vacuum-packed beef also shows this purplish color. Packaged meat should be cold and the packaging free of punctures or tears; vacuum-packed meat should have its seal intact. Check the label for the “sell-by” date and make sure to buy it on or before that date.



The best stir-fry beef comes from tender cuts such as sirloin tip, eye of round, strip loin, T-bone, or rib-eye steaks.

Stewing Beef

The best stewing beef comes from well-marbled meat that is tough and full of connective tissue, which will deliver a richer taste when broken down by long cooking. Good stew meat come from the chuck and the round.


Kabobs turn out best when made with moderately tender beef such as sirloin tip round steaks.

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