Fresh beef can differ from bright red to cherry-red depending on the amount of exposure to oxygen. A dark plum-red appearance can be an sign that the meat comes from an older animal. The meat should be firm but not dry and should have a smooth and fine texture. The outer layer of fat should be firm and evenly distributed. An oily appearance can be an indication that the meat comes from an older animal.
The meat of a young animal is grayish pink. Generally, the older the animal the darker the meat. The meat and fat should feel firm to the touch and not leave an impression when pressed with a finger. The fat is mostly white to creamy white. An oily appearance is indicative of an older animal.
Filipino Pochero Recipe
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Filipino Beef Steak or Bistek
Caldereta (braised beef with liver sauce)
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