When it comes to the science of marbling, here are some significant factors to consider:
The Role of Intramuscular FatThe term "marbling" refers to the visible fat found in beef muscle tissue also known as intramuscular fat which is responsible for the meat's richness and tenderness.
But what is intramuscular fat, and why is it so important?
Intramuscular fat is fat that accumulates in an animal's muscle tissue as it matures. This form of fat is distinct from subcutaneous fat, which is found beneath the skin. Intramuscular fat is essential because it imparts taste and softness to the beef.
The more marbling there is in the meat, the more intramuscular fat there is, and the beef will be more tasty and tender. So, when choosing a high-quality steak, pay attention to the marbling, as it acts as an excellent indication of the meat's tenderness and taste.
Why is Marbling Important?Marbling matters because it improves eating quality in multiple ways:
- It Improves Texture
- It Has Higher Nutritional Value
- It Enhances Tenderness
- Gives a Better Flavour
A common misconception is that highly marbled beef is more fatty and thus not a healthy "lean" protein alternative. The good news is that, unlike subcutaneous fat, marbling is predominantly composed of heart-healthy oleic acid, the same fatty acid found in olive oil. Oleic acid has been found in humans to lower "bad" cholesterol while perhaps increasing "good" cholesterol.
Factors That Affect MarblingThe amount of marbling that a particular cut of beef has is determined by several factors, including:
- Condition of the soil
Our Mission to Deliver Quality Angus Beef
Our mission is to offer New Zealanders with the greatest quality Angus beef possible, and we accomplish this by emphasising the value of marbling. We believe that the marbling in our cattle not only enhances the flavour and texture of the meat, but also delivers multiple health advantages.
We are confident that our clients receive the freshest and most flavorful product possible by keeping our beef local. If you love fine meat, we advise you to try our marbled Angus beef today and experience the difference for yourself. Order now and enjoy the greatest meat New Zealand has to offer!