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How to Cook Grass Fed Beef

 

Grass fed meat is leaner, denser, less watery, and far more flavorful than other meat.


This is affected by mainly two things:

  •  The quality of the animal (breed and genetics)
  • The quality of the forage (pasture quality or hay)
For instance some cattle don’t finish as well on grass as others do. That’s the genetics part. The forage could be hay if it’s winter or maybe less than optimal pasture, and cattle typically don’t finish as well on hay or nominal pasture as they would on lush, green, spring grass.

Keep this in mind as you cook grass fed beef. Over cook it and you'll be disappointed.

So you’re ready to cook a steak.

  • Cook it low (heat)
  • Cook it slow

Never cook a steak over medium rare. Rare is better. Anything over medium rare is going to be dry and tough. Think jerky, it’s not very good without some heavy spices. Which leads to another tip; do not salt a steak until after it’s cooked and on your plate. Salt pulls moisture out of the steak….not a good thing. You must have a meat thermometer! You can’t really get it right if you’re trying to go by what color the inside of the steak is. If you cut into it valuable juice escapes and leads to a drier steak.

You should use tongs instead of a fork to turn steaks. Same as above, your losing valuable juices every time you poke it with a fork.

The best temps for grass fed steaks are as follows:

120 to 140 degrees.

Once you get it to this temperature pull it off the heat and throw it on a plate and leave it sit for at least five minutes while the juices redistribute and it finishes cooking.

Follow these guidelines and you’ll be amazed at how delicious grass fed beef really can be!

Here's a printable copy of these tips.

 



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Comments:

Right on! Grass-fed beef is the way to go for sure! If you are already aware of all of the benefits of eating grass-fed beef, and are anxious to find a great company that will sell it to you, check them out:<a href="http://grassfedbeef">grass fed beef</a> I have worked for them for a while but they are second to none!

Posted by beefeater on March 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM EDT #

Thanks for the tips about how to cook grass fed beef. It is such a healthier option to grain fed beef, it is no wonder more and more people are making the switch! I work with La Cense Beef where all of the cattle are grass fed and given no hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. Plus they offer the convenience of having the steaks delivered directly to your door. If this is what you are in the market for, then I recommend you check out their <a href="http://www.lacensebeef.com/grass-fed-beef.aspx">Grass Fed Beef</a>.

Posted by Julia on March 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM EDT #

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