Grass-fed beef is leaner than commercial beef and needs to be treated differently. If you cook the meat as you would commercial beef, it may become over-done, tough and chewy. We recommend that you experiment some to find the cooking methods that appeal to you and enhance the natural flavor of the meat.
- Grass-fed beef steaks should not be overcooked; they will cook in less time and at a lower temperature than steaks from grain-fed beef. They should be “dry” when cooked (i.e. not marinated) and coated with oil and spices. The oil seals in the juices and gives the steak a seared exterior and tender interior. If the steaks are “wet” the meat may stew itself and could be mealy.
- The meat should be seared initially, but not too hard, and then turned often to keep the heat even. Salt only after it’s cooked – if you salt it too early it may draw the moisture out of the meat.
- Grass-fed beef roasts are very lean and will benefit from cooking in liquid. Brown all surfaces of the roast in a pot with herbs, onion and garlic over medium heat. Then cook very slowly in liquid either in the oven, on the stove, or in a crock pot. Add vegetables as desired to cook with the roast.
- Ground beef
- The flavor of the ground beef is wonderful. Remember when cooking it that Grass-fed beef is lower in fat. It may help to add some moisture to the beef such as a small amount of olive oil along with your favorite seasoning. Be sure to cook the meat carefully so that no pink remains.
- When you make the burgers, make sure not to pack the meat tightly. Form the burger loosely, it allows the juices to circulate more and keeps the meat juicier. Try it!
- Cube Steak
- Grass-fed beef cube steak is a pleasant surprise. It has wonderful flavor and is very quick to prepare.
- Cube steak can be somewhat chewy, so it is best to pound the meat briefly before cooking. A meat mallet or just the top of a hammer, work well. Pound the meat briefly, coat with olive oil, garlic and other spices. Pan fry quickly on the stove – do not overcook.
- It is also great cut into strips and stir fried.
- Enjoy a quick meal!
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