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Steak Fun Facts: A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Steak

on August 15, 2018

On average, a cow is made up of 40% steak
When it comes to things you didn’t know about steak, one fun fact about this red meat that might surprise you is how much of it your average cattle can produce. If we assume that your beef animal weighs about 1,200 pounds and is doesn’t hold any excess weight in muscle, it should give you up to about 44% edible beef, or about 460 pounds of meat. That’s a lot of delicious steak dinners.
The rump is extremely underrated
This tougher kind of meat often gets ignored—but it shouldn’t. It’s extremely flavorful, often even more flavorful than filet mignon. Plus, the rump is extremely affordable. It can come in at about one-third of the price of a filet mignon.
You’ll always get the best results by grilling your steak
According to many top chefs, grilling your steak allows it to hold onto the most delicious flavors because it involves a slower process, plus the coals allow the meat to heat in an even, balanced way.
The word “steak” literally translates to meat on a stick
When we say the word “steak”, we usually mean beef, but the word itself can reference a slice of meat from almost animal you can eat. The word come from the Saxons, who were skilled in the careful art of cattle rustling. They used the term “steik” to refer to meat on a stick.
The most popular day to eat beef is Memorial Day.
Fourth of July and Labor Day tie for a close second.
The world’s most expensive steak becomes appears almost white when it’s raw
If you’ve ever heard of Kobe beef, you may or may not have heard about how delicious, incredible and pricey it is. A brand of Wagyu steak, Kobe beef is an extremely in-demand Japanese product across the globe. Wagyu brands are usually included in the top five or ten most expensive steaks you can find. Why? These cattle are unique in the sense that they don’t work like others do. The result is beef that has so much fat content, that when raw, the meat becomes so pale that it appears to be white.
You should only stick to using tongs to handle steak
If you use a fork, this common utensil will pierce the steak and result in a loss of delicious juice and flavor. If you limit how much you touch and poke the steak, your end result will taste way better.
…And the specific temperatures to cook your meat at?
Everyone has a different preference to how they like their steak cooked. No matter how you like your steak, here are the exact temperatures you should use based on what your taste buds request:
Rare: 125°F
Medium rare: 130°F
Medium: 145°F
Medium well done: 150°F
Well done: 160°F
If you’re like us, and these fun facts about steak inspired you to get your meat fix ASAP, we invite you to stop by Atlas Steakhouse for a juicy steak paired with a five-star dining experience.