The amount of beef that comes from a beef animal is amazing. I'd predict about 425 pounds of actual, consumable beef comes from each animal.
If a person eats 1/4 pound of beef for a meal, that one animal could feed them 1,700 meals.
If you eat 2 meals of beef a day, that one animal could feed a person for 850 days.
This is about 2.3 years worth of meat.
All of that comes from one animal. Wow! Thank you cattle for providing us with so much high quality protein!
Enough with the math though, we are going to go into more detail about the cuts of beef and where they come from.
Let's start with the easy ones:
Brisket comes from the brisket on the animal. This is about the only cut that comes from that area. It is a muscle that cattle use a lot, which makes it a tough cut. It is important cooks prepare this cut with a "low and slow" mentality to get it to be tender and full of flavor. Cook it for a long time on a low temperature!
Chuck is another easy one. This produces Chuck Roasts and Chuck Steaks.
The Rib produces ribeyes and beef short ribs. Ribeyes are one of our favorite cuts. They are very flavorful due to the intense marbling and tender cut.