Minimize your personal beef tenderloin – it is a lot cheaper


For those who purchase a complete beef tenderloin (eye fillet) and trim and reduce it your self, it can save you 60-70%+ on price in comparison with shopping for a centre reduce tenderloin from the butcher. This can be a useful how-to put up that accompanies the Roast Beef Tenderoin recipe I additionally printed at present.

Centre cut beef tenderloin
Centre reduce beef tenderloin trimmed and reduce from a complete tenderloin


Beef tenderloin is a premium reduce of beef, prized for a way tender it’s. For those who purchase a pleasant large centre-cut piece for roasting from a very good high quality butcher, you pay for the labour concerned in trimming and getting ready the meat, upwards of $90/kg ($45/lb). However it can save you quite a bit by buying a complete untrimmed beef tenderloin. The untrimmed complete tenderloin pictured on this put up is $36/kg full value ($18/lb) however is frequently on particular at $20/kg (it’s from Harris Farms, a series recent produce retailer in Sydney.

So on this put up, I’m strolling by way of tips on how to trim and reduce a complete beef tenderloin to arrange it for roasting so you can also make THIS! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Beef tenderloin with creamy mushroom sauce

SIZE and yield

You want a 2.25-2.5kg (4.5 – 5lb) complete beef tenderloin to get a 1kg/2lb centre-cut that known as for within the Roast Beef Tenderloin recipe. If yours is smaller (something lower than ~1.5kg/3lb), the choice is to roast the entire thing relatively than simply the centre reduce. Tuck the skinny tail finish underneath and tie at 2.5cm/1″ intervals. GOAL: Form it even thickness.

Aspect word: I used to be actually shocked how good economical beef tenderloin is! By placing in somewhat preparation time, you may take pleasure in a stupendous roast beef tenderloin for a fraction of the price!

1. The entire beef tenderloin

That is what a complete beef tenderloin seems to be like. The skinny finish is sort of a tail, and the thick finish has large flappy bits on the perimeters (sure, that is the skilled terminology I exploit all through this put up).

The tenderloin pictured weighs 1.8 kg (3.5lb) and has been trimmed of extra fats (generally they arrive with a layer of fats masking the entire piece). But it surely nonetheless has the silver pores and skin on it, which is the skinny clear layer than seems to be silver (therefore the title), which we take away in step 2.

Economical complete beef tenderloin is often offered in vac packs as a result of it extends the shelf life which suggests it may be offered at a greater value. It is going to be moist and slippery, so dry it off with paper towels so it’s simpler to deal with.

2. Eradicating the silver pores and skin

The very first thing I do is take away the silver pores and skin. This skinny membrane goes robust when cooked, and it additionally shrinks which wraps the form of the meat.

Silver skin on beef tenderloin

To take away the silver pores and skin, simply slide a small sharp knife underneath the silver pores and skin. Then maintain the pores and skin up at a forty five diploma angle along with your left hand to carry it taut, then slide the knife in the direction of the left beneath the silver pores and skin. Hold the knife at a forty five diploma angle to take away as little meat as doable.

Silver skin on beef tenderloin

Work in small sections about 1.25cm / 1/2″ large at a time, for higher management.

Hold going till all of the silver pores and skin is eliminated, and don’t overlook to get the bits between the crevices of the flappy bits on the thick finish!

Beef tenderloin

3. Tidy the floor

Tidy the floor, eradicating scruffy little bits and making it as clean as doable, as pictured above. However minimise the meat you trim off as a lot as doable!

4. The centre reduce for roasting

The very best half for roasting is the thick center half which known as the centre reduce. It’s essentially the most fascinating as a result of it’s the widest half (we like our roasts hefty!) and it’s even in form which suggests the meat cooks evenly.

In distinction, the tail finish just isn’t perfect for roasting (with out folding and tying) as a result of the skinny finish will prepare dinner a lot sooner than the broader half.

The photograph above exhibits the centre reduce of the tenderloin. The aim is simply to get the widest half within the centre that’s comparatively even thickness.

You possibly can go somewhat additional up the thicker finish to get a bigger piece, between the large flappy ends (trim them off, to maintain the roast neat).

5. tying the roast

For those who purchase a centre-cut from a very good butcher, it can come tied. It’s greatest to tie as a result of it holds the meat collectively because it roasts so it retains a pleasant form and holds every part taut, relatively than form of sagging and flattening.

Beef tenderloin
Tied centre reduce beef tenderloin

5. yield

The centre reduce will likely be round 40 – 45% of the whole weight of an entire beef tenderloin. So, for example, I used to be capable of get a 800g / 1.6lb centre reduce from the 1.8kg / 3.5lb tenderloin pictured on this put up which can feed 3 – 4 individuals.

It’s somewhat smaller than the 1kg/2lb weight I usually goal for when making a roast. To get a 1kg/2lb centre-cut, you’d want a 2.25-2.5kg / 4.5 – 5lb complete beef tenderloin.

6. Extra roasting items – skinny and flappy finish

Although essentially the most fascinating and sought-after a part of the meat tenderloin is the centre-cut, there may be on no account any purpose why you may’t use the tail and fats finish for roasting too just by tying them up and making smaller roasts.

Within the photograph above, I’ve tied up the tail finish and make it comparatively even thickness by tucking the skinny pointy tail underneath. Although very small at simply 300g, it’s nonetheless roast-able!

The fats finish will also be tied and roasted. I even tie the flappy bits in – it form of adheres because it roasts so the roast principally holds collectively if you take away the string later to slice.

Beef tenderloin

Stir fry the scraps!

Any smaller off cuts are perfect to make use of for stir fries, so hold them and freeze if mandatory! Tenderloin is nice for stir fries, like everyone’s favorite Beef & Broccoli stir fry or a traditional Beef Stir Fry. Slice thinly, fry up in a sizzling pan for simply 1 1/2 minutes, taken them out (so that they don’t overcook). Then stir fry the opposite greens and/or noodles if utilizing, add your sauce then toss the meat again in proper on the finish.

Close up of Chinese Beef and Broccoli in a skillet.

For these of you accustomed to tenderising beef for stir fries – there isn’t a want to try this for tenderloin, it’s so tender! Simply be certain to not overcook it (therefore why I prepare dinner the meat first then add it again in later).

Hope you discovered this put up helpful! You actually could make substantial price financial savings by trimming your personal beef tenderloin.

Now – make the Roast Beef Tenderloin with a dreamy creamy mushroom sauce! It’s straightforward and an absolute stunner, excellent for particular events. – Nagi x

Beef tenderloin with creamy mushroom sauce

Lifetime of Dozer

Final yr I made the error of placing Gingerbread Males decorations on the tree inside Dozer attain (I do know, what was I pondering? 🤦🏻‍♀️). This yr, I hold catching him snuffling round pondering I’m going to make the identical mistake once more….


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