2.04.2009

works for me: natural free-range beef

As part of my efforts to Animal-Vegetable-Miracle-ize my family, I've been trying to buy food from non-industrial sources. You read about my egg happiness, now it's time for the beef report.

I've bought beef from a couple of different places in the last couple of years. One of my favorites, Prairie Springs Ranch, offers beef from free-range grass-fed beef.


At Prairie Springs Ranch, we raise beef the old-fashioned way. Our animals are born here, nurse on their mothers for 6-9 months, are then weaned to a diet of pasture grass and hay that we grow here. We don’t use pesticides on our pastures. We don’t use any growth stimulating hormones, and our animals are not pumped full of antibiotics to keep them healthy. We do not butcher sick animals. Our animals aren’t exposed to other animals that may have diseases.

Every fall the healthy grass-fed animals are processed to bring to your table. The beef is instantly frozen to maintain freshness and shelf-life.
We are not certified organic, mainly because we want to keep the cost of health affordable to families: we try to keep our prices comparable to that of grocery stores for regular beef, while providing a superior product, the simple, old fashioned way.

Grass-fed beef is usually leaner than grain fed beef. Our first batch of ground beef was tested to contain 5% fat, a level seemingly un-obtainable in grocery stores. We like to add a bit of olive oil when we are cooking to keep it from sticking to the pan!

One of the most pleasant benefits of grass-fed beef is flavor!! Grass-fed beef tastes sweet, and smells rich while cooking.

I love that the steers get normal lives, hang out with their moms, graze outside and so forth. They have all good days, but one.

All that good food and clean conscience and buy-local-goodness for 1.99 a pound for an assortment which included: 6 roasts, 39 pounds of hamburger, and 19 other packages -- mostly of steaks and a couple of stew meat and soup bones. Works for me!

~Suzanne



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