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Best winter beef on a budget

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

If the current cost-of-living has you questioning your meal planning and meat choices, consider these budget-friendly cuts of beef to make your money stretch further, without compromising on flavour or quality – prepared fresh, in-house by our team of qualified Butchers.


Named after the silver wall of connective tissue that sits on the side and is removed before cooking, this cut needs a gentle, moist cooking method. No slow-cooker required, simply pop in a large pot filled with plenty of water, bring to the boil on the stove-top then simmer (about an hour per kilogram) until tender!

Chuck steak

Popular for its balance of meat and fat, the texture of this cut is perfect for hearty curries and stews. Slow cooking will bring out its full, savory flavour.

Oyster blade steak

The ideal choice for a flavoursome stir-fry as this cut easily absorbs flavour. Simply slice along the gristle line into uniform strips and marinate for an hour or two before stir-frying to bring out the full flavour and tenderness.

Rump Roast

Lean and economical, this cut is ideal for feeding a crowd. Season, seal in a non-stick fry pan at a high heat until browned all over then roast in the oven (about 50 minutes per kilogram). To serve, slice thinly against the grain to maximise tenderness.


Beef mince is a versatile classic, which freezes well for up to three months. While premium-grade lean mince is the healthiest due to its lower fat content, the more budget-friendly regular grade is a versatile choice – simply spoon off the fat as you brown in the frying pan.


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