The word beef covers a lot of bases in regards to the different types of beef, the way it can be prepared and also, of course, no matter what the cut of beef is, it contains protein, so back to the question, “What is Beef?”.
Beef is the name for meat from bovines, the most common bovine for consumption comes from cattle.
Beef usually comes from cows, bulls, steers or heifers and then is cut or divided up into many different types of cuts to be cooked thereafter.
When being prepared the muscle of the animal which can be referred to as beef muscle meat can be cut into steaks, roasts, brisket, stew beef or short ribs and more, these cuts are the ones usually bought and eaten when you go to the butcher or supermarket to buy.
The tender cuts of beef usually come from the ribs and the loin and the tougher cuts come from the rump and the shoulder areas.
The rest of the animal is used for eating alone or ground and minced up for sausages and other similar foods.
Humans have been eating and having beef in their diets since before 8000 BC where it was shown in cave paintings and have continued to do so through the whole of history.
There are still old cattle breeds around too where we still get our beef from and also in more recent times these breeds have been added to increase meat yield.