Look for chuck roast that has a clear, red color. Beef normally is a purple-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 this darker color. Vacuum-packed chuck roast also shows this purplish color. Packaged chuck roast should be cold and the packaging free of punctures or tears; vacuum-packed 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.
Chuck Arm Roast
Cut from near the top of the chuck, arm roast holds a large round bone and many small muscles.
Cross Rib Roast
Also called Boston cut or English cut, this is a square roast with two or three ribs and a pocket of seam fat. When boneless, it’s called an English roll.
Made up of a single muscle, this is one of the more tender chuck roasts.
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