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Buying and Cooking Ground Beef

Ground beef is often labeled using the cut of meat that it is ground from, such as ground chuck or ground round. (Ground beef comes from a combination of beef cuts.) Ground beef can also be labeled according to the fat content of the ground mixture or the percentage of lean meat to fat, such as 85% or 90% lean. The higher the percentage, the leaner the meat. Select ground beef that is bright red in color and is in a tightly sealed package. Purchase all ground beef before the “sell by” date. Purchase the amount you need: 1 pound of ground beef serves 3 to 4. Handle the mixture as little as possible when shaping hamburgers, meat loaves or meatballs to keep the final product light in texture.