September 4, 2012

Whole Foods One-Day Sale 9/7: Grass Fed Ground Beef Only $4.99 lb

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Grass-fed cattle graze on the feed that best suits their digestive systems—grass. As for all the beef sold at Whole Foods, the animals are raised without antibiotics or added hormones, on ranches that have been certified to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating program.

Grass-fed beef is a leaner choice than grain-fed, and it has a more favorable ratio of omega fatty acids. Since it’s lower in fat, grass-fed beef runs the risk of drying out or becoming overcooked more quickly than grain-finished beef. Here are some recommended cooking tips from the butchers at Whole Foods:

  • Don’t cook grass-fed beef cold; it is best when removed from the refrigerator 15 minutes or so prior to cooking.
  • When cooking on the grill, let the flames burn down more than is recommended for other meat. Also, it doesn’t need as much cooking time.
  • When cooking in the oven, lower the oven’s cooking temperature by about 25°F, and the cooking time will stay about the same.
  • Always use tongs, never a fork, to turn your beef; don’t press or flatten during cooking in order to retain precious juices.

These are a couple favorite grass-fed beef recipes:

Sara

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