The other day Lisa got a call from one of our customers that the beef she had ordered didn’t taste very good. Since meat quality and customer satisfaction are our top priorities, Lisa immediately called the customer who received the other half of the same animal. The second customer couldn’t stop praising how the meat tasted. So what happened? Why two different responses to the same meat?
The answer is simple, we at Zweber Farms failed to do our job of educating the first customer on how to properly cook mostly grass fed beef. Grass fed beef is very different than the beef you get in the store. It is much lower in fat and therefore takes a little more care than fattier beef. Our beef isn’t 100% grass fed, but it is pretty darn close. Here are our tips on how to cook grass fed beef.
How to Cook Grass Fed Beef
- When cooking a steak it is important to either tenderize the meat or marinate it. You can easily tenderize the meat by putting it in the Ziplock bag and hitting it with your rolling pin. This also is a great stress reliever. I like to marinate my steaks in Italian dressing.
- When cooking tenderloins, first sear the meat in a heavy pan and then finish the meat in a hot oven for about 10-15 minutes. Here is our Peppercorn Tenderloin recipe.
- When making a roast, make sure to add some moisture to the recipe. Rub the roast with some olive oil or cover it with a cream of mushroom soup. Also make sure to use a low temperature. Expect grass fed beef roasts to take at least two hours to cook. Here is a great recipe for a beef roast from the National Cattlemen’s Association.
- When making hamburgers either on the grill or in the oven, I always add an egg. The egg gives the beef just a little more moisture. If you are worried about the fat, you can always add olive oil too. Make sure to cook hamburgers on a medium heat on the grill. If you cook them too hot, they will become hockey pucks.
I hope these tips will help you out as you experiment and enjoy grass fed beef. You can see more of our beef recipes here. If you ever have any questions, just email us or give us a call. We are happy to help you trouble shoot your cooking questions.
Zweber Farms is a fourth generation organic farm located in Elko, MN. We raise dairy, beef, pork, chickens and eggs. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google+ . Make sure to sign up for our bi-weekly e-newsletter here.
I have had really good success with this technique: http://www.primallyinspired.com/how-to-cook-tender-grass-fed-steak/