Ever find yourself lying in bed, staring up at a dark ceiling, and think to yourself, “What exactly is a hangar steak?”.
Ok, maybe you haven’t unless you’re food obsessed like me, but knowing the attributes of your cuts of meat, and what methods are best used to prepare them turns you into a more informed buyer. It improves the quality of meat you get, saves you money, and allows you to make better use of the product. You can also look like a rock star in front of your significant other by magically making a pig trotter into a tasty delicious dish.
Pat LaFrieda, the man who supplies some of the best cuts of meat to the top restaurants in New York has created an app for your iPad that covers almost anything you would want to know about meat. Beef, veal, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, and duck are all covered. Any part you would want to consume is meticulously documented, and I do mean ANY part. Lamb brains, bone marrow, tripe, and all that good stuff is also included for fans of nose to tail eating.
Also covered are general production methods, where on the animal each cut is located, how to trim and cut to get the best portions, best cooking techniques for the various cuts, and on, and on. His instruction is even complimented by videos and 3D models you can manipulate to see what it should look like.
Pat even includes things that food geeks have always wondered about, like how all the USDA ratings work, and what qualifies as Grade A Prime beef? Think you’re already a meataterian god? Try taking the meat quiz and see how good you really are. Want to get some meat? Buy it from his online shop (US only obviously). It’s all in the app.
The app is really well thought out. It is easy to navigate and interactive enough to make browsing through all the content plausible, and trust me, there is a lot of content. Some of the meat cuts have an attached video, but I found myself wanting a video guide for each and every cut. That could possibly make the app unwieldily, as there are already a few bugs, and it takes up just under 800 MB in space already. I like to keep this app on my iPad around the kitchen, just in case I need a quick reference when I’m portioning up bulk meat or I need some quick guidance when cooking.
The app will cost you $6.99, which is a great deal for all the content. You can get it from the app store: Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat.