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How to Choose the Right Steak this Valentine’s Day

Blog • January 26th 2024

How to Choose the perfect steak: A Meat-Lover's Guide

Knowing how to choose the perfect steak for Valentine's Day can make cooking a romantic dinner at home very easy. Cuts of steak can be a personal preference, so understanding the values of each type of cut can be beneficial in your quest to a succulent and romantic dinner.To create your perfect evening at home, with restaurant quality meat, read our quick guide to help you decide which steak is best for you.

As a general rule with steak, fat means flavour. So the more fat on the steak the more flavoursome the cut, but if tenderness is your thing, cuts with less fat are generally more tender with a softer texture. For an extra dimension, cooking on the bone also intensifies the flavour of the meat.

By choosing a Farmison & Co steak this Valentine's Day you'll Eat Better Meat, whatever your choice of cut. Our steaks are sourced with full traceability from grass fed, heritage breeds, reared naturally and at their own pace for exquisite taste. The meat is then expertly butchered and dry-aged to further enhance its natural flavour.

THE NATION'S FAVOURITE steaks & how to choose them

the fillet steak

the tender one

The most sought after steak in British butchery, the fillet is prized for its tenderness. It's cut from the centre of the fillet, a muscle that bears no weight. This means the meat is interlaced with fine marbling, hence it's very soft and tender, with an almost buttery texture. More delicate in flavour than other steaks, this cut works well with some melted herb butter, or a creamy mushroom sauce.

This steak cut is ideal if tenderness is your priority this Valentine's Day.

THE RUMP steak

The firm and flavoursome one

This steak cut is full of flavour, typically dense with a rich taste. Firmer in texture than the fillet, it is taken from the rump muscle at the top of the hind-quarter. This cut benefits from a little longer in the pan, cooked to medium rare, it pairs particularly well with a fiery mustard or a big flavoured peppercorn sauce.

This is the one if you like a flavoursome steak but prefer less fat.

the sirloin steak

the classic one

Cut from the loin, well marbled and with a tasty layer of fat, the sirloin is tender and juicy with soft, rounded flavour. Best served medium rare for optimum taste, the cut will work well if you prefer your steak cooked a little further. This cut goes particularly well with rich Bearnaise sauce.

This cut is ideal if you favour a lighter, rounded classic steak flavour on Valentine's Day.


The rich and succulent one

Carefully butchered from the fore rib of the beast, this steak is enriched by its characteristic nugget of natural fat, the 'eye'. The eye keeps the meat succulent and infuses it with flavour as the fat melts and caramelises, delivering a rich, full almost creamy flavour. Best enjoyed medium rare to medium. This steak really works best served nice & simple, home made chips & a little dressed salad.

This is the cut for the flavour seeker.


The fillet connoisseur's choice

For those who prefer not to share, this is the alternative way to experience the tenderness and flavour of the Chateaubriand in an elegant single portion. This is the thick cut of the tenderloin from the fillet head, slightly fuller flavoured than the fillet & expertly butchered into individual steaks. Served with a classic red wine sauce it's perfect for a sophisticated steak supper.

This steak is ideal for fillet lovers looking for extra flavour.

The Cote De Boeuf steak

The showstopper on the bone

This steak is inspired by classic French butchery traditions and is taken from the prime piece of the beast, promising exquisite eating. The well-marbled meat caramelises upon cooking, which coupled with the use of grass fed beef and dry age maturing techniques, makes for naturally tender meat with outstanding flavour. Perfect for generous steak dinners and special occasions.

This is the ideal on the bone cut steak for flavour seekers.

Now you're fully informed, buy your perfect Valentine's steak.

Or, if you'd prefer to share, explore and compare our sharing steaks.

Valentine's Day Steaks That Are Restaurant Quality

Now you've learnt how to choose the perfect steak for Valentine's Day, you can cook up a delicious dish for your loved one to enjoy. Discover our range of easy recipes which you can cook any night of the week, not just for Valentine's Day. Choosing Farmison means you are receiving restaurant quality meat in the comfort of your home. This is thanks to our world-class farmers and suppliers who slow rear their herds to perfection. Try the quality for yourself when you order from our Valentine's Day meat boxes.