Updated February 23, 2018.
Gluten free meat is a basic ingredient for great gluten free meal ideas.
Throw in some food science know-how, creativity, a little imagination and you have yourself the beginnings of a tasty culinary adventure!
In general, tough cuts of beef are less expensive than the highly desired tender cuts such as rib roast.
USDA grade substantially affects price: Prime, Choice, Good, Standard, Commercial and Utility.
USDA Prime cuts are mostly found in fine restaurants.
Local grocery stores usually feature USDA Choice cuts, a lower grade than Prime, but far more affordable and many times just as good when cooked right.
Grades below USDA Good are not sold by grocery retailers and are used for other commercial products.
Plan your menus around meats on sale.
One way to save big on meats is to purchase deeply discounted cuts with pull dates about to expire.
These meats are safe to eat and fully aged, making tough cuts a little tenderer and very flavorful.
The caveat is they must be cooked or frozen the same day to avoid spoilage.
Purchase about 1/4 to 1/2 pound per person you will be serving.
For a family of four, 2 to 3 pounds of meat will suffice, unless you are trying to quench the bottomless appetite of fast growing teenagers or you wish to have leftovers to nosh on for the next few days.
Remember, the larger the cut of meat, the less cost per pound.
Buy bulk cuts when they go on sale.
Cut it into usable portions at home, and then freeze them until ready to use.
For example, a thick large bone-in rump piece can be cut to serve three different meals.
The best part of the meat can be carved into cutlets for a Swiss steak dinner.
The bone-in portion can be cut into a 3 or 4 pound roast.
All these cuts from a bulk hunk of meat create dollar stretching meals with plenty of leftovers for everyone to enjoy.
Cooking gluten free meats at high temperatures makes the proteins in them tough and harms good nutrition.
The human body needs protein, vitamins and minerals for energy production.
Meats are a powerhouse filled with B Vitamins, iron, copper and phosphorus, all vital water soluble nutrients that are lost when meats are salted prior to cooking and are cooked at high temperatures.
Since meats are the most expensive food item on your grocery list, it is advisable to invest in a good meat thermometer to aid in controlling the heat to protect proteins and nutrition and to ensure tenderness and to preserve flavorful juices.
Keep in mind, large cuts of meat have two temperatures to consider, the exterior temperature, and the internal temperature.
If you want delicious tasting, tender meat that slices well, maintain internal temperatures between 120°F and 160°F.
Roast the least tender cuts of meat at low temperatures and serve on the rare side.
An added benefit to this cooking method is the savings on energy consumption.
The same principle applies to ground meats; brown them slowly over lower heat to retain flavorful juices and tenderness.
Also a well pounded tough cut of meat should be treated as a tender cut, cooked at a low temperature for a very short time.
Keeping meat juicy and flavorful is important. Brush lean meats with oil or melted fat to seal in the juices before cooking.
Leave the salt at the dining table to season the meat after serving, as salt draws out the juices while cooking.
Avoid basting meat while it cooks as it washes away the fat layer protecting meat from drying out.
Instead of tossing out the nutrition with the discarded meat juices, serve meats with sauces and gravies made from these juices, or freeze the juices for later use in soups and stews.
At GlutenFreeHomemade.com you will find carefully chosen serving suggestions to turn delicious recipes into scrumptious nutrition packed meals.
Try the mouthwatering recipes below.
You will be pleasantly surprised at how satisfying they are!
Bangers and Mash--Gluten Free is a delicious way to celebrate all things Irish . . . or British. Whether for St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween or just because . . .
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Spicy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Wow! Sweet and Sour meets Chinese Five Spice in this aromatic dish bursting with to die for taste; it's unforgettable!
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Vegetables Mm-mm! Colorful and tangy, Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Vegetables is wonderfully mouthwatering!