I must admit I have never bought the stew meat for stew. I’ve found this makes lunch/ dinner prep real simple. Defrost. Open and add to air fryer basket. Add steak seasoning, salt, and pepper. Turn on air fryer and toss a couple of times during cooking. As a side, add rice. Simple yet tasty. I’ve also used the stew meat for a quick stir fry. Package of stir fry vegetables and package of the stew meet= simple and fast stir fry. Quick, simple, tasty, and healthy.