Chuck steak is a cut of beef that's packed with flavour, which is why it's always used in the best gourmet burgers.
When used as stewing steak it becomes fork tender when cooked.
It's great for pies and casseroles... or simply good old fashioned stew. Just pop it in the oven for 2 or 3 hours or, for best results, slow cook it overnight.
Delivered in a plain plastic catering bag.
There's enough here for about 3 family meals.
This is cut from the chuck, which contains lots of muscles.
It's the cut that gourmet burger restaurants use for their burgers because it's packed with flavour and contains a bit of fat.
Divide into portions and freeze anything you don't plan to eat within a couple of days.
With fridge set at 1-4 °C
Unopened vacuum pack 2 weeks
Always wash your hands before and after you touch fresh meat. Do the same with any chopping boards you use. And make sure you wipe down any surfaces raw meat has been in contact with.
Never let raw meat come into contact with other food in your fridge. And never – ever - let it come into contact with anything you'd eat straight from the fridge like ham, lettuce or cheese.
Store it separately in the coldest bit of the fridge. Usually the bottom of the fridge near the back.
Let the air circulate
All fresh meat - except bacon or anything in a vacuum pack - needs circulating air so as not to spoil. It does much better in the fridge if it's not covered in plastic. Store it in a bowl and cover it with a paper towel or tea towel, well away from ready to eat foodstuffs
Freeze meat as quickly as possible. Most of the damage to your meat is done when it's around the 0°C mark, because that's when the ice crystals are at their largest. These crystals puncture the meat so you lose some of the juices when it thaws.
Once frozen your biggest problem is air
Any frozen food in contact with the air will dry out and get freezer burn. So make sure anything you freeze is 100% airtight.
The slower you thaw your meat the less juice is lost. Defrost it in the fridge.