Is Tartare Safe to Eat? A Chef Weighs In

A dish that may initially raise an eyebrow or two, beef tartare represents the epitome of love for excellent quality beef, captivating the palates of serious food lovers.

Is Beef Tartare Safe To Eat?

Beef tartare, when prepared correctly using fresh, high-quality ingredients, can be enjoyed safely by most adults.

The safety of beef tartare largely depends on the quality of the beef and the sanitation practices employed during its preparation.  Using fresh, properly handled, and preferably organic or grass-fed beef is crucial.

First, you need to buy a whole beef steak from a reputable butcher or a good grocery store. When I make raw dishes like tartare, I go to high-end grocery places like Central Market.

How do I make sure my beef tartare is safe?

Buy Whole Beef Tenderloin and NEVER Ground Beef

When buying your beef for your tartare I recommend buying whole beef tenderloin.  It is crucial to only buy whole cuts of beef as opposed to ground.

If you’re making steak tartare the traditional way a chef prepares it there is nothing that kills the bacteria. This is a common misconception and myth.

What kills the bacteria in steak tartare?

What meat is safe for beef tartare?

Technically, all of the best and freshest whole cuts of beef, except for ground beef, can be used for beef tartare. Chefs recommend raw beef tenderloin because it is lean, soft, and doesn't have any connective tissue that would make it tough.

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