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Sometimes we find ourselves needing to cook on a budget, or just want to grab a bargain. But that doesn’t mean that we need to sacrifice on flavour or quality. At Campbells we have a range of modest options to suit all families, from everyday favourites to other more unusual cuts of meat. We don’t believe that sacrificing cost should sacrifice quality, so all of our cheap cuts of meat are still very tasty while some also remaining wallet-friendly. And with the option of splitting your payment into several interest-free installments now is a great time to be adventurous while also staying economical.
Often the barrier to trying different alternative cuts of beef is not being too sure how to prepare them. In fact, when speaking to our butchers one of the most common statements from them is that they wished more people knew about the wider variety of beef cuts available and how to prepare them. There’s more to beef than most people think of, and the key factor is what you make of it.
Most of these cuts of beef have simply gone out of fashion or are less readily available in shops, although some are beginning to make a comeback as slow cooking has taken off in the last few years.
Below is a selection of our alternative cheaper cuts of beef. From bargain beef steaks to cheap beef stewing options, many of which are made with premium Scotch Beef, we hope that you will find plenty of inspiration on how to eat cheaply, healthily, and ethically on a budget. If you are completely new to cooking steaks have a look at our How to Cook a Steak, Top 10 Steak Sides, and Top 10 Steak Sauces recipe blog posts. We also have our Ox Cheek Stew Recipe which will teach you the fundamentals of making any basic beef stew.
120g x 2
Our Fajita Steak is a fantastic option for those that want to indulge in a bit of steak without breaking the bank. On top of this, it is also incredibly simple and easy to prepare, and very versatile. Originating from Mexico, we recommend lightly frying our fajita steaks, cutting them into strips, then serving them in wraps with sliced peppers and cheese. If you are feeling adventurous you can also add traditional rice and beans, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. Essentially you can make your wraps as simple or as complicated as you like depending on your personal taste and budget. For something a little bit lighter, you can also have the strips served on top of a bed of salad. Perfect if you are cutting back on carbs.
170g x 2
Also known as a rump cap Picanha cut is another one of our steak cuts that originates from South America, this time from Brazil. Our Picanha Steaks are perfect when served with crispy new potatoes and a variety of sauces. Simply cook whole then slice into thin steaks of your desired size. We also highly recommend serving with our very own Chimichurri recipe which you can find in our Top 10 Steak Sauces. The best thing about this cut is that it also comes from Scotch Beef cattle that are born, raised, and processed here in Scotland while adhering to the highest standards of animal welfare and sustainable farming practices. This cut is tasty, great value for money, and even better for Scottish farming.
170g x 2
This twin pack of Bavette Steak is extremely good value for money. Bavette Steak, also known as flank steak, is another cut that works well with a wide variety of sauces and accompaniments which you can see in our Top 10 Steak Sauces and Top 10 Steak Sides. This cut can also benefit from a bit of marinating and cooking with a hot and fast technique to keep an ideal texture. Our Top 5 Beef Steak Marinades gives you several options inspired by cuisines from across the globe. And as this cut is Scotch Beef you know that you are paying for excellent quality.
230g x 2
Another steak cut from the rump. This cut of beef is absolutely packed with flavour and incredibly versatile. You can serve this steak with any combination of our Top 10 Steak Sauces and Top 10 Steak Sides, and we highly recommend something simple and potato based for example chips or mashed potato. This steak is also a perfect option for the BBQ. For an ideal BBQ Rump steak have a look at our Top 5 Beef Steak Marinades that will add even more flavour and texture to your rump steak. If you prefer something lighter, this steak can also be cooked to be on the rare side and served as part of a salad. And to top it all off, this steak is also made from the finest Scotch Beef that is praised across the world for both the quality of the product and the welfare of the animal.
Named as they only take a minute to cook, these steaks are perfect for all manner of steak sandwiches and steak salads, and we thoroughly encourage you to experiment. From a simple minute steak and cheese roll, to a more extravagant baguette served with a Dijon mayonnaise. These steaks are fantastic as you can cook them to be as extravagant as you want. For a salad, simple strips of minute steaks, feta cheese, and a balsamic glaze on a bed of rocket makes an impressive brunch. We cut our minute steaks from Scotch Beef which ensures that while these steaks are small and excellent value for money, there has been no sacrifice on quality.
These cheap stewing cuts of beef are perfect for cooking in a wide variety of stews and curries
Beef shin works particularly well for long and slow cooked spicy stews, curries, and tagines. The key as with all of the stewing beef options is to cook them long and slow to fully infuse the flavours and allow the meat to completely tenderize.
400g – 600g
Ox Cheek has seen a recent resurgence of popularity due to the inclusion of ox cheek stews on a lot of higher end restaurants and hotels. It is still excellent value for money and deceptively easy to cook while being sure to impress any guests. This is our ultimate choice for a budget friendly yet fancy dinner party. Have a look at our Ox Cheek Stew Recipe to find out more.
200g x 2
Our braising steak makes an excellent alternative to Ox Cheek for our deceptively easy yet incredibly tasty Ox Cheek Stew Recipe. The key to cooking braising steak is to first sear the meat on all sides by cooking for a few minutes in a hot pan. This allows for the flavours of the meat to fully develop, then slow cooking aids in developing the texture to become incredibly tender. Another Scotch Beef option that ensures quality.
Feather blade comes from the shoulder. A cut that lends itself to slow cooking or braising, the feather blade of beef is perfect for slow cooking in curries. When cooked the marbling renders down and adds plenty of flavour while slow cooking also ensures that the cut develops a melt in the mouth texture. Another great alternative to Ox Cheek in our simple yet impressive Ox Cheek Stew Recipe. Also coming from Scotch Beef, this cut is an excellent choice for the discerning and ethically minded meat lover.