Preparing and Cooking #5 Flatiron Steaks

At every meat counter and in every freezer in supermarkets throughout Israel, consumers are offered the exact same cuts of meat, helpfully numbered. As I’ve discussed previously, there are many, many ways to butcher meat, but because local livestock is still in such small demand, we have to rely on what we are sent from South America. So instead of having cuts of meat that we might readily recognize from our respective countries of origin, we are left with what has been preordained as the ‘Israeli’ cuts of meat.

Then there’s the odd notion in household cooking that the form in which one receives a protein is the form in which it intended to be cooked. Therefore a whole chicken is cooked whole, fish fillets are cooked as fillets, and a roast is meant to be cooked whole. Well, I reject that idea.

The two most frequent reasons for leaving a piece of meat “as is” are cost and fear. While I can only rely on the market to dispel with the first reason, I can certainly address the second. There is no reason why once you buy a piece of meat, you can’t do what you want to it. Understanding that a piece of meat is sometimes an investment in a meal, I appreciate the hesitation one might have in hacking at it with a knife. However, when the price of meat drops to reasonable levels, that’s the time to get a little daring.

Recently, #5 Minute Steak Roasts (tzli katef) went on sale. Not just any sale, they were less than half of what they normally cost. At twenty shekels per kilo, this was cheaper than every other cut of meat. I immediately thought of making flatiron steaks. So I grabbed a couple and fired up the camera.

It’s true that you won’t serve quite as many people after breaking down a minute steak roast into flatiron steaks. Consider that when on sale, minute steak roast is cheaper than ribeye or even ground beef, and with a little effort and patience, it makes a delicious grilled steak dinner for the family or London Broil for Shabbat.

Note: The total weight lost from trimming the roast was roughly 10% of the entire weight. And everything removed was inedible anyway.

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