Nora P. in Fort Smith, Ark., writes: With the cost of food rising, I want to get the most bang for my buck. I’ve heard of beef that’s “Prime,” “Choice” and “Select,” but I don’t know the difference between them. Can you clarify the differences?

Heloise says: Prime has the most marbling of fat, which is what makes it the most tender and juicy, and the most expensive. Choice has less marbling than Prime, but still is considered a tender and juicy piece of beef. Select has less marbling than Choice, but it is still tender, though perhaps a little less juicy.

Any other grade of beef is leaner and less expensive than Choice, as well as less juicy and less flavorful. This cut usually is best cooked with moist heat or should be oven-roasted.

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