Which supermarket does the best steak?

BBQ steaks

Fancy supermarkets have been beaten by the big names in taste test of Sirloin steaks. Those thinking they ought to make a special trip to M&S or Waitrose for a fancy dinner party, might be given food for thought by the Which? taste test.

So what did it find?
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The study looked at the best Sirloin steaks from seven of the supermarket chains. They were cooked, and marked according to a variety of factors. The taste made up 50% of the score - with the rest going to everything from butchering to texture and smell.

The winner was from Sainsbury's. The Taste the Difference 21 Day Dry Aged Ultimate British Sirloin scored 83 out of 100, at £23 per kilo. It scored well for the thickness and butchering, as well as the colour, fat marbling, taste, texture and aroma.

It was a full £9 a kilo cheaper than the most expensive steak on test: the Marks and Spencer Special Reserve Aberdeen Angus - which took fourth place.

Shockingly the second-most expensive steak on the list - the Waitrose steak - was placed second to last - only above the Aldi steak, which was roughly £9 a kilo cheaper.

However, while you clearly don't always get what you pay for - the test showed that you sometimes do. The Aldi steak was the cheapest of the lot, and the judges commented that one of the three steaks they tested looked more like a rib-eye than a sirloin.

The results

The leader board was topped by the Sainsbury's steak, followed by:
2 Tesco Finest Dry aged British Beef Sirloin Steak (at £20 per kilo)
3 Asda Extra Special Reserve British Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak (at £19.99 per kilo)
4. M&S Special Reserve British Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak (at £31.82 per kilo)
5. Morrisons Traditional British Beef Dry aged Sirloin Steak (at £21 per kilo)
6. Waitrose Succulent Hereford Beef Sirloin Steak (at £27.99 per kilo)
7. Aldi Specially Selected 21 Day Matured Dry-aged British Sirloin Steak (at £18.90 per kilo).

The study came hot on the heels of a Which? test that revealed Sainsbury's Blanc de Noirs as the best non-vintage Champagne on test - and one which found Sainsbury's Tomato Ketchup was ahead of 13 others - including the brands.

So if you fancy splashing out on a fancy BBQ to impress your guests this summer, the best shopping destination may not be the fanciest names.

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This takes time, but once you know the cost of a phone call, putting the dryer on, or a bag of potatoes, it enables you to judge far better how much you can afford to consume.

Once you know the base price, you are in a position to keep your eyes open for a better offer. If you see a discount you can judge for yourself whether it actually constitutes a bargain. For bigger things like utilities it enables you to do a proper price comparison and see if you can cut your bills.

Don't just assume that the premium range is better, try the every-day brand, or even the basic version and see if you spot the difference. Likewise, consider trading down your supermarket from one of the big players to local markets or discounters like Aldi.

If you plan what you buy to match what you actually cook and eat then not only will you be able to budget far more effectively, but you'll also waste much less and find your money goes further without you having to try.

If you can't think of a way to get your meat for less, consider a vegetarian day once a week. If you can't find petrol any cheaper, then work on making your driving as efficient as possible. The more you can think of clever alternatives the less you will have to make painful cuts to make ends meet.

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