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Grass Fed Beef

We pay more for grass fed beef… do you think it’s worth it? My opinion- I do!  Although I’m not an animal activist, not even an animal lover to be honest, my reasons are purely health driven. In brief, the health reasons for choosing grass fed:

  • The meat for grass fed cows is lower in fat and calories.  Corn fed cows develop the artery clogging  fatty marbling throughout their meat.
  • The Grass fed meat is higher in Omega Fats.
  • The Grass fed meat is higher in beta carotene.
  • Grass fed meat has been shown to be higher in Vitamin E
  • If the meat is not only grass fed, but also organic, our kids won’t be consuming the antibiotics and hormones given to feed lot cows.

DSC_2693So, bottom line (for all my carnivorous readers)- if I can’t afford organic, grass fed beef, we just don’t eat it.  Simple as that.  We are lucky to live in a semi-country like area in Utah County, and have a few local farmers we can get our meat from. If you don’t live in an area where you can buy your meat local, we were sent samples from an online grass fed beef source, La Cense.  For details, visit my review.

And what good is a burger, without homemade French fries?

I like to slice a piece off the bottom of the potato to make it stable on my cutting board.  Then I use a fry cutter to slice up the potato.

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Then I put the sliced potatoes in a COLD water bath until I’m ready to cook them.

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Then we drain and dry the potatoes with some paper towels.

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Then we spread the fries onto a cookie sheet to season and bake.  I generally use olive oil, salt and pepper.  The kids like to help with this step.

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Then we bake at 425 for about 20 minutes, or until the fries look golden brown.

 



14 Comments

stacey

My parents have always raised their own beef for as long as I can remember. So everytime we/they visit, we are able to get home-raised meat. They do 2 or 3 a year and it’s combo grass & grain feeding, but they pasture and run and have no antibiotics or hormones. I’m scared to buy “regular” beef. I did one time for burger making and the taste and texture were significantly reduced.
I’m sort of snobby and picky about meat. How much do you buy at time from your local farmers? I wondered how that all worked.

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We buy a quarter to a half a cow, and it comes in assorted cuts plus ground. We use the ground beef up first. But we also love the roasts and steaks.

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Hayley

My parents, too, raise their own cows. Growing up, my dad never had any raised for our eating, but the past two years, he’s fed them for beef. They are also a combo grass/grain, but mostly because strictly grass fed in Texas is hard, especially right now when the grass isn’t growing because we need rain! The ground beef is so much leaner than anything you’d buy at the store. That’s reason enough for me! (oh, and the fact that it’s free for me doesn’t hurt either!)

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Lindsey

i also live in utah county, how do you go about buying meat from local farmers?

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I am really interested in this. How much do you usually spend a lb on it?

Oh and the fries look delighful!

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It’s hard to say. They were charging me $2.75 per “hanging pound”, so that is before it’s cut up and stuff.

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Exactly!! My husband says, “We don’t eat enough meat to worry about organic grass-fed stuff.” And I say, “Right we don’t eat a lot of meat so why not pay a little extra for the little that we do eat and get good stuff.” I thin I won- he placed an order a few weeks ago. 🙂

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I LOVE GRASSFED!!!!!
We just bought a big package from a guy in our farmer’s market for $5.50/lb. We don’t buy ‘regular’ meat at all, and that $5.50 is a big break from the $7-$14 we pay at Whole Foods depending on the cut.

I’m so lucky that my husband doesn’t fuss too much about what our groceries cost, but the first time I fed him g.f. beef w/o telling him he just went on and ON about how GOOD it tasted. There is a gigantic difference in taste and I feel good knowing that my food is as close to how Nature Intended as possible.

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Thanks for your comment Liz! Nice to have a husband that gets it. I have to keep reminding my husband about inflation. He keeps thinking all food should cost less than a dollar 🙂

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We recently got a store that has it (we have a whole foods but it’s a while away, and as a mom of 3 I have to be realistic). I think I’m going to look into it more. I think ground beef has a lot of good qualities and I think grass fed could make it even better (esp. as a busy mom of 3, ground beef is def. a staple).

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L

I work with the company you mentioned, La Cense Beef. La Cense offers consumers who as you mentioned may not have direct connections with farmers, the option to purchase meat over the internet that is hormone/antibiotic free. All La Cense cattle is grass fed as nature intended and as you mentioned is a much healthier option than grain fed beef.

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