Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Omaha Steaks Revisited: Time To Go Public With Their "Private Reserve"!

By: Anne M. Raso

In the six or seven months, I have become a almost daily consumer of Omaha steaks and even blogged about them here a few months ago. In NYC, it's actually cheaper to order Omaha Steaks than to purchase them at local supermarkets (where the better cuts of steak are $17 to $20 a pound) and Omaha's quality is much better. The amount of fat on their steaks is visibly lower than anything you will see in a supermarket refrigerator case. The Omaha folks also have non-steak items including tender, fast cooking chicken breasts which totally need to be in any health-conscious person's freezer. I will say that the superstar of Omaha Steaks, not surprisingly is their beef tenderloin, aka filet mignon, which is so tender, you almost do not need a knife to cut it--and you get the filets in perfect portions of four, five or six ounces, so you won't overindulge. Everything is frozen and delivered in a large white styrofoam container (which some customers keep and use for storage or even a bait and tackle box later on) and you can keep all Omaha meat in your freezer for up to a year. The packages are vacuum sealed, so there is no chance of freezer burn, and you can defrost any piece in a half hour by thawing it in cold water (still in its plastic packaging).

I recently tested out the fancier line that Omaha Steaks offers, simply called Private Reserve. I got my hands on the Private Reserve Grand Trio, which includes two 8 oz. Private Reserve Top Sirloins, two 6 oz. Private Reserve Filet Mignons and two 11 oz. Private Reserve Boneless Strips. It regularly sells on omahasteaks.com for $179 and they often offer it at the discounted price of $119. (Once you start ordering from omahasteaks.com, you will be sent coupons for $20 off any purchase and you will also get weekly or biweekly emails for other special discounts and packages.) So many Omaha Steaks fans, myself included, have wondered if the Private Reserve is worth the money since the "regular" Omaha Steaks are so terrifically tender and juicy to begin with...I mean, how much better can they get?
 I cooked all three types of steaks in cast iron (since Manhattan co-ops rarely allow grilling and using a George Foreman Grill for a fine steak is out of the question). I like my meat medium rare and all cuts did turn out to be juicier and more tender than their "regular" Omaha Steak counterparts. We loved the 2 1/2" thickness of the Filet Mignons--to make them cook even faster in our cast iron pan, I sliced them down the middle. What can I say but that all three cuts are worth the extra money. You're not going to find a better steak even in New York's finer restaurants, and we consider ourselves pretty knowledgeable on the subject matter since we've visited about 20 Manhattan steak restaurants (including the finer chains that are here and in other parts of the country). All of the Private Reserve cuts are very lean, making them a healthier alternative to lesser quality steaks, so you are not only paying for tenderness and juiciness, but for less fat!
I still love the regular line of Omaha Steaks and I can't resist great variety package deals like The Grand Pack (28 items for $79.99 including chicken, pork chops, steak burgers and filet mignon), but I will be splurging here and there on the Private Reserve Grand Trio just because it's nice to always have a melt-in-your-mouth" prime steak in the fridge, especially when you are suddenly getting company and don't have much time to cook. (Yes, contrary to popular belief, residents of Manhattan do actually cook now and then even though their kitchens are the tiniest in the world and dishwashers are still a rarity)! My next Private Reserve steak fantasy is actually the T-Bones and Porterhouses (have never had them before) and I love the fact that they are so large (20 and 24 ounces, respectively). Then next, will be the Private Reserve Bone-In Rib Roast (my excuse being that I got a new meat thermometer at a recent Williams-Sonoma press event and still haven't put it to use)! Simply put, I honestly think that Omaha Steaks Private Reserve should have the first word changed to OH-maha!

***Giveaway***
Congrats #3 and #34- ninamcclain93 and Pat!

Omaha Steaks wants to give TWO lucky readers each a $20 gift card to try a steak on them!

There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me how you like youe steaks cooked. Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

Full Disclosure: The  prize pack has been provided by Omaha Steak. I was not compensated for this post. Photos: Omaha Steak

150 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

What a great giveaway! I like my steaks cooked a perfect medium!

ninamcclain93 said...

I love my steaks medium rare.
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Lynne said...

I like my steaks cooked medium rare.

suburban prep said...

I love my steak to be medium rare with a bit of spices on them.
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The Crazy Gengler Boys said...

I like mine medium well - aggiegrad02@gmail.com

dlhaley said...

I like my steak medium well.
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Tajlund said...

It has to be medium. Cooked through but still juicy.

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Danny Lindsey said...

I like my steaks grilled medium rare and sometimes I like one bloody rare.
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melissa h said...

I like mine med rare, yum! Thanks for the chance to win!
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BethElderton said...

I like my steaks well done.
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skytoucher said...

First of all I love Omaha steaks. I prefer them marinated in a Korean/ginger marinade and cooked medium rare over the grill.

bored2quickly said...

I would love to win this! I like my steak medium/well! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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crystletellerday said...

medium rare crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Timshaun said...

I like my steak cooked medium well
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Unknown said...

I like my steak medium rare!

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blue65829 said...

I like my steak medium well, now I'm hungry!
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hale2005 said...

I like my steaks medium.

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mogrill said...

I like mine Medium Rare.
Thanks for the chance.
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littlelatina said...

I'm dying to get a package from here.

Nancy said...

I like my steak medium rare. And for a steak company, they delicious cookie dough to buy:)

Nancy said...

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Nancy said...

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Pat said...

I like my steaks well done.
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Anonymous said...

Medium Rare for me. Thanks!
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Timshaun said...

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llinda29 said...

like steaks cooked on the grill

lbellomy said...

Medium to medium rare

freddie said...

I love my steaks cooked medium. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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tyedie said...

I love to broil my steaks with mushroom and onions

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Steph said...

Medium Rare cooked over mesquite wood. Yummy!!

Chase said...

I like my steaks medium. It's actually better for your colon than well done.

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Chase said...

I hope I win.

vmkids said...

i want my steaks cooked medium well

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offtoo said...

To me a steak should be medium rare.
However, I don't want it to just skip
through the kitchen.

offtoo said...

Omaha Steaks are honestly the best.-to me they should be medium rare.
However, I don't want them just
skipping through the kitchen.

ashley powell said...

I like my steak well done! No red for me please! Thanks for the giveaway!

ashley powell
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ashley powell said...

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Deb said...

If it is a good steak, the rarer the better!

Deb said...

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Kate said...

I like mine medium rare. Juicy and mauve in the middle :)

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Tammy said...

I like them medium!

Tammy said...

I follow you on twitter!
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daniel healey said...

I cook the steaks medium well, on the grill.

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Nicole C. said...

I like my steaks medium rare.

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Caryn said...

Medium well

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Karen said...

I don't eat steak, but this would be a great gift for my bf. Thanks for the giveaway.

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catrinkaleigh said...

I like my steaks cooked medium to medium rare - a little pink
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catrinkaleigh said...

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coliebear said...

I like my steak cooked medium well.
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Anonymous said...

I like my steaks medium well!

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Anonymous said...

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flychild7 said...

I like my steak medium
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flychild7 said...

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Hotsnotty2 said...

Medium well, thanks

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Hotsnotty2 said...

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hector rodriguez said...

Medium well is how i love my steaks!!!

hector rodriguez said...

medium well

Donald said...

i love them cooked medium rare!
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Donald said...

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cloud10277 said...

I like my steaks cooked medium rare.
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Super Blogger Girl! said...

I like my steaks grilled medium rare!

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Super Blogger Girl! said...

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ruslady said...

I love my steaks medium rare.
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amy16323 said...

medium well
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ckfrrt said...

I love my steaks well done without a hint of pink meat
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Anonymous said...

I like mine medium well.
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michelevi said...

I like my steaks medium rare.

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Chloe said...

I like them as rare as I can get it! haha.

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Diane52 said...

I always order my steaks cooked medium well-yum
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Bonni said...

I like my steak rare! I love to have it bbq'ed if possible :)

Bonni said...

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Bobbi said...

I am a medium rare steak eater and my husband likes them so rare that only the outside is cooked.

ewhatley said...

I like mine medium rare. The ones in your pictures look perfect and delicious.

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Anonymous said...

Medium rare
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Nick Hilleshiem said...

nothing but medium rare, the best!
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Nick Hilleshiem said...

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Nick Hilleshiem said...

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katfam95 said...

I like my steaks cooked medium well.

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buzzd said...

Well done preferably butterflyed (spell?) I don't like much pink at all. (email in profile)

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annemarie562000 said...

I love my steaks cooked a medium rare!

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I follow you on Twitter. (annemariez3)

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Erica C. said...

I like my steaks well done...I hate seeing any pink!
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slehan said...

I'll take my Omaha steak medium rare, please.
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Thanks for the contest.

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Sarah said...

I like my steak well done. reitzell7@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I like mine cooked medium rare. wilcarvic
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Jim said...

i like my steaks cooked medium well

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Jim said...

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Clair said...

I like mine medium-well!! And now I'm hungry!!

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natashagt said...

I love my steaks medium rare! Can't eat them any other way :)

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bbrittbrat1398 said...

I like my steaks cook well done. No pink for me.

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ferriz said...

i like mine just between medium and medium well. mostly i get them medium.

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kathy pease said...

i like mine well done :)
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susan1215 said...

I like my steaks cooked medium

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Gina F. said...

I love my steaks medium rare.

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Rachel said...

I like my steaks cooked medium

purango said...

I like my steak cooked well done. garrettsambo@aol.com

Erica said...

I like my steaks medium. They must be just right for me to really enjoy them.
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Anonymous said...

I like my steak cooked well done!

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kat said...

I love my steaks medium rare.
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mary said...

i like my steaks cook medium

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sumn said...

I like my steaks medium rare.

Clarke & Lewis said...

well done!
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Clarke & Lewis said...

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frvetere said...

not very PC but I like them medium rare...no19034770 @yahoo.com

barb hunt said...

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amyd said...

like a little pink!
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amyd said...

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jim said...

Medium rare!!! jimandboys@gmail.com

Donna Longworth said...

I like my steaks cooked medium well. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

Medium rare!
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