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Flank Steak

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Buying Tips

Look for flank steak that has a clear, red color. Beef normally is purplish-red, but when exposed to oxygen it takes on a cherry-red hue known as the "bloom." While the exterior is bright red, the interior of the meat retains the darker color. Vacuum-packed flank steak also shows this purplish color. Packaged flank steak should be cold and the packaging free of punctures or tears; vacuum-packed flank steak should have its seal intact. The beef should be firm to the touch. Check the label for the "sell-by" date and make sure to buy it before or on that date.

Varieties

Though flank steak is known by several names, these all refer to the same lean cut of meat.

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