Meats, Poultry & Seafood Tips & Strategies
Do You Know . . .
. . . when considering protein foods to buy, which are the best buys? Click here to see a nutrition & price comparison of several common protein foods.
. . . you can save money by roasting your own whole chicken instead of buying the rotisserie chicken at the grocers? Whole chickens are often on sale for $0.99 a pound. From one 6-pound raw whole roaster, you get about 2.3 pounds of edible chicken. This translates into 12 3-ounce servings at about $0.50 a serving. From one 6-pound roaster, you can make 2 recipes of Arugula Chicken Salad, one recipe each of Dr.Barb's Customizable Swiss Chard Stir-fry and the Tortilla Mexican Soup and still have six 3-oounce cooked portions left to eat anyway you like.
. . . "Choice" is the grade of beef commonly found in your supermarket's meat department? The quality grades of beef by USDA are (in order): Prime, Choice, Select, Standard/Commercial, and Utility. Prime has the most marbling within the meat and can be found more in restaurants, although some warehouse clubs and supermarkets carry limited supplies. Select grade is normally leaner that Choice and Prime. However, because Select grade beef has less marbling, only the tender cuts of beef (such as loin, rib, and sirloin) should be cooked with dry heat or barbecued. Other cuts are better marinated or slow-cooked for several hours for maximum enjoyment, flavor, and tenderness.
. . . which seafood should you buy or avoid at the market or restaruant? Which species are being overfished? Click here for a guide from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
. . . you can lower your risk for heart disease by 13, 19, 24 or 30% by replacing one serving of red meat a day with lowfat dairy, poultry, fish, or nuts, respectfully? This conclusion came after looking at the diet of 84,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study.