Mail-Order Porterhouse Steaks

From America's Test Kitchen Season 9: Backyard Steak and Potatoes

Overview:

Fancy mail-order Porterhouse steaks can cost 10 times as much as steaks from the supermarket. Are they worth the premium cost? We grilled five prime, dry-aged Porterhouses, plus a choice-grade Porterhouse from the grocery store, to find out.

With one exception, tasters found the mail-order steaks (about $44 per pound) far superior to the supermarket meat ($12.99 per pound). But the most expensive beef wasn’t necessarily the best. Highest marks went to a test kitchen favorite priced at nearly $50 per pound, a bargain compared to the most expensive sample in the lineup at nearly $129 per pound.

Fancy mail-order Porterhouse steaks can cost 10 times as much as steaks from the supermarket. Are they worth the premium cost? We grilled five prime, dry-aged Porterhouses, plus a choice-grade Porterhouse from the grocery store, to find out.

With one exception, tasters found the mail-order steaks (about $44 per pound) far superior to the supermarket meat ($12.99 per pound). But the most expensive beef wasn’t necessarily the best. Highest marks went to a test kitchen favorite priced at nearly $50 per pound, a bargain compared to the most expensive sample in the lineup at nearly $129 per pound.

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