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Get the Best Results from your Grass-Fed Beef - Top 6 Tips

December 15, 2017

Grass-fed beef is inherently different than your typical grocery store grain or corn-fed beef so there should be a difference in how you cook it.

 

Grass-fed beef systems expose the animals to a great deal of exercise as they move about the field to find the best morsels of grass.  This results in a supreme flavor, and muscle integrity as a result of that exercise and grazing and a healthier nutrient profile.  Grain-fed animals are often finished in feedlot operations with no opportunity to graze and very little exercise.  This deposits a lot of fat in the meat, but the lack of exercise results in a more flaccid, less-flavorful cut of beef.

 

Grass-fed beef can be incredibly tender if properly cooked so here are our Top 6 Cooking Methods for the best possible results for your grass-fed beef.

 

  1. Cook it less - grass-fed beef typically takes approximately 30% less time to cook.  Invest in a good meat thermometer!
     

  2. Cook your grass-fed beef at a lower temperature - typically 50 degrees F lower, to allow naturally-occurring sugars to caramelize and keep the juices inside.
     

  3. Cook less tender cuts with moist heat, marinate them or use a dry salt brine.  To use a dry salt brine, do the following:  season your steak with 1 tsp of coarse sea salt and any other spices you desire.  Let it sit for 1 hour per inch of thickness.  Rinse your steak well and thoroughly pat dry, cook it using your preferred method.
     

  4. Room Temperature - Bring grass-fed beef, especially steaks, to room temperature prior to cooking
     

  5. Don’t play with your beef! Poke and prod it as little as possible and always use tongs instead of a fork to turn it so you keep the juices inside.
     

  6. Let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting - this allows the juices to redistribute within the meat.

 

Follow these 6 tips to ensure your grass-fed beef experience is a great one!

 

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