03/22/2012 08:21 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Beef-Buying Guide: What To Buy When You Can't Find The Right Cut

"Beef: It's what's for dinner." The popular slogan from the '90s assumes that we're having beef for dinner, but more often than not we frustratingly can't find the cut we want at the supermarket. Whether you eat beef quite often or just here and there, the task of buying beef can be quite confusing, especially when you're not familiar with the countless cuts. But there's no need to become schooled in butchery to navigate the meat counter. All you have to know is that every cut has its best cooking method, and that every cut has a good substitute. We've put together a handy guide on the most popular cuts with substitution tips (see below). Once you recognize the most common cuts, it'll be easier to choose the right one for the recipe you're making.

For more detail on all the possible cuts of beef, see this beef chart.

Which cut of beef do you buy most often? Leave a comment.

Beef Cuts Guide