Beef Cooking Tips:
- Lower the cooking temperature because grass-fed beef is leaner than it’s grain-fed counterpart, you need to cook at a lower temperature and for less time to preserve the moisture in the meat.
- Invest in a meat thermometer. A meat thermometer will ensure that you cook your meat just the way you like it.
- The desired internal temperature for grass-fed beef is as follows:
- Rare - 120 degrees F
- Medium Rare - 125 degrees F
- Medium - 130 degrees F
- Medium Well - 135 degrees F
- To achieve the desired temperature, remove the meat from the heat when it is 10 degrees shy of the temperature on the list. The residual heat will finish cooking the meat over the next ten minutes as you let it rest.
- Thaw your meat on a plate in the refrigerator. Don’t use the microwave.
- Use tongs or a spatula to turn the meat. Piercing the meat with a fork will result in the loss of valuable juices.
- Add salt in the form of a rub, not in a marinade, which tends to draw out the moisture.
Benefits of Holistic Beef - Helpful Links
For most of our food animals, a diet of grass means much healthier fats (more omega-3's and conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA; fewer omega-6's and saturated fat) in their meat, milk, and eggs, as well as appreciably higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants. Ref: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.
Here are some helpful links to learn more about grass-fed beef:
American Grass Fed Association
Wikipedia: Learn About Cattle Feeding Techniques
Read About Nutritional Benefits
Great books on the nutritional benefits of eating 100% grass-fed beef and recipes you will enjoy!
Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat
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