This post is inspired by another one here about Rib Roasts.........
Our local Ralphs stores often run 50% off specials on steaks (usually New Yorks or Ribeyes). That makes them really VERY inexpensive and hard to resist. The problem seems to be that the quality can vary widely within the same package of three steaks. I'm assuming these are Select beef, at $4.99 or so a pound), so I don't expect perfection, but some are really very gristley and fatty and others much better. My wife is particularly fat/gristle-averse (not that I'm a fan either) so I usually wind up switching steaks with her when that happens.
I'm a pretty good judgeof the visuals on steaks, so I'm just wondering if the issue is "you get what you pay for" or if there's something I could be doing to improve the odds. These sale prices seem to be on pre-packaged steaks only, but I'm thinking it might be worth my while to get to know the butchers as they can probably help me out on this if I do. But.... without butcher aid are there things I'm missing in the selection process?