Beef Meat Processing

All of Boustead’s abattoirs have inhouse meat processing facilities, from deboning through to packaging meat products.

Export Approved Facilities

Our beef is sold in various forms – from whole carcasses and quarters, to boxed cuts that are processed with the highest standards of excellence in mind.
Following the high standards set at the feedlots, it was the companies mission to achieve the highest food safety standards. Striving towards this goal, our abattoirs and deboning facilities are export approved facility. The strictest production processes in modern infrastructure and the adherence to the strictest hygiene and food safety standards see safe, quality beef products with optimal shelf life produced for all customers and consumers.
As well as the abattoirs, Boustead Beef also has cold storage and processing facilities in Harare and Gweru. Boustead also has a canning facility operating at the Bulawayo facility. From export to local wholesale and retail, all meatpacking is done in one of the Boustead facilities.

Beef Meat Processing Stages

1. Beef meat processing involves a number of steps from the animal to the beef meat.
The first step in beef meat processing is slaughter. Before slaughter, a technician examines the animal to make sure it is fit for human consumption. If the animal appears healthy, the animal is slaughtered. A stunning device renders the animal senseless, a worker slits the throat and then the animal is hung by its hind feet to bleed. The blood is allowed to drain, and then workers skin the animal and remove its head. Skinning is done with care, keeping it in one piece so the hide can be sold for leather goods manufacturing. After skinning, they open the carcass to remove the internal organs and split the carcass in half. They spray the carcass with water to rinse away the blood and bone chips caused by the saws.
2. The second step is aging. The beef is tagged and hung in a large cooler, where it will hang for about a week for aging in order to improve the flavor of the beef and makes it tenderer. Aging allows enzymes to break down the meat.
3. The third step in beef meat processing is beef cutting. The processor can cut beef according to the end beef products. And the beef cuts can be handled in a variety of ways, such as smoking, salting, pickling, or ground for hamburger or sausage, etc.

Know your beef cuts

Beef

Beef is the name given to meat obtained from the carcasses of cattle. It is one of the principal meats used in the cuisine of Australia, Europe, and America, and is also important in Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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Beef
Neck Chuck & Blade Thick Rib Brisket Shin Fore/Prime Rib Thin Rib Sirloin Fillet Top Sirloin Flank Rump Silverside Topside Thick Flank Leg Oxtail

Neck

A very tasty cut, neck meat consists mostly of meat, with some connective tissue that becomes gelatinous during cooking. The meat can be minced or cubed, with bones used for the stockpot.

Chuck & Blade

Chuck
This cut from the base of the neck is one that can be extremely tasty whole or sliced. It has a high proportion of connective tissue. It can be a bit tough, but slow cooking means that it will fall off the bone and be tender.
Recommended Methods:
(1)Braising
(2) Pot Roasting.

Blade
This cut comes from the shoulder of the forequarter and is best used in dishes that you cook with a liquid such as stock, red wine, and beer. It has a rich deep flavour and is used in many traditional French dishes where slow cooking and simple ingredients are required.
Recommended Methods:
(1)Casserole
(2) Stewing
(3) Braising.

Thick Rib

Typically sold as braising steak. This cut is somewhat tenderer than stewing steak and is ideal for use in casseroles, stews, and for braising.
Clod - this is an economical cut that is a flavourful, but is much less tender meat. Cut from the middle of the shoulder this is usually sold as stewing steak or used in burgers. This cut is suitable for slow cooking in stews.

Brisket

The cut contains breast bone and a few ribs. It is divided into the point brisket, mid-brisket, and navel end. The texture of the meat is coarse.

Brisket roll – Pot-roast, aluminum foil or cooking bag
Flat, trimmed brisket (Pastrami) – Boil, as for corned beef
Sliced with/without bone (1,5cm) – Braise

Shin

Contains a large proportion of bone and white connective tissue that contribute to the taste. The collagen in the meat turns to soft gelatine while cooking, keeping the meat extremely tender.

Fore/Prime Rib

Prime rib is juicy, tender, and marbled with fat. Its tenderness comes from muscles that aren't heavily used, and it stays juicy because of its fat. Grilling or roasting are both suitable cooking methods that will brown and melt the tasty fat on the outside – but take care not to overcook the inside.

Thin Rib

Contains a few ribs in a triangular shape (short rib). The rest of the cut is boneless and covered with a thick layer of connective tissue, remove prior to cooking.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Parboil the ribs, marinade, and then put on the Braai
(2) Braise in a liquid-like stock, wine, or beer.

Sirloin

This cut is one of the more popular steaks in Zimbabwe. It is characterised by a strip of fat on the outside. The meat is tender with a fine texture and is often ‚aged‚ further in vacuum bags for up to 3 weeks to increase the tenderness. It can also be sliced as steaks on the bone, these are called Junior T-Bone steak and T- Bone steak (with fillet)

Recommended Methods:
(1) 2-3cm thick steaks Grilled on a skillet or on the Braai at a high heat
(2) Roasted Whole as a delicious Roast Beef.

Fillet

This meat, extremely versatile in culinary terms, is situated internally behind the sirloin. Being the most tender cut of beef, it is widely used in restaurants and is known for being more expensive than other cuts.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Whole-Roasted Steaks 2-3cm thick-Pan fried,
(2) Grilled or Braaied at high heat.

Top Sirloin

Also Known as Boneless Sirloin Butt Steak; Boneless Top Sirloin Steak; Loin, Top Sirloin Butt Steak, Boneless; Sirloin Butt Steak; Top Sirloin Butt Center-Cut Steak; Top Sirloin Butt Steak, Boneless; Top Sirloin Steak Boneless Cap Off; Top Sirloin Steak Cap Off

Flank

This cut is usually minced to go into Mince or Burger patties but is also used for different types of Boerewors. It can also be trimmed and cut into thin Flank steaks. The meat has a coarse texture but distinct flavour that is revered in various cuisines around the world. Recommended Method: Steaks-Fried, Grilled, or braaied over medium heat.

Rump

Although this is a prime cut, it’s often cheaper than fillet or sirloin, because it’s not quite as tender. However many say that it has a far superior flavour than sirloin or fillet. Rump is suitable for quick cooking such as frying, stir-fry, grilling, and barbecuing.

Silverside

This cut is located on the inside of the buttock and is called silverside due to a shiny membrane that encases the whole primal cut. The top part of the silverside, closest to the rump is known as the Aitchbone, this is often used for Roasting.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Aitchbone for Roasting, (2) Tenderized steaks for braaing and grilling, (3) Beef Schnitzel, (4)Prego, (5) Steak Rolls, (6) Biltong.

Topside

A versatile cut that is most used in making lean mince as well as Tenderized Steak and Roast Beef. It is generally a lean cut of beef that can also be used in the manufacturing of sausages and types of boerewors.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Roasting
(2) Mince for Burgers
(3) Meatballs etc
(4) Boerewors on the braai

Thick Flank

typically sold as braising steak. This cut is somewhat tenderer than stewing steak and is ideal for use in casseroles, stews, and for braising.

Leg

Beef shin is prepared from the bottom portion of either the front or rear leg. As this cut comes from a working muscle, it contains a high amount of connective tissue. This tissue breaks down when prepared using slow, moist cooking methods such as casseroling and braising. These impart a rich, full-bodied flavour and melt in your mouth texture.

Oxtail

one of the most, flavoursome and inexpensive cuts of beef. Oxtail is most often sold cut into the individual vertebra. Long and slow braising it will release their excellent rich flavour.