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Cooking Instructions


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Tips for Cooking Grass Fed Beef

  • Your biggest culprit for tough grass fed beef is overcooking. This beef is made for rare to medium rare cooking.
  • Since grass fed beef is extremely low in fat, coat with virgin olive oil, or a favorite light oil for flavor enhancement and easy browning. The oil will, also, prevent drying and sticking.
  • Grass fed beef has high protein and low fat levels, the beef will usually require 30% less cooking time and will continue to cook when removed from heat. For this reason, remove the beef from your heat source 10 degrees before it reaches the desired temperature.
  • Use a thermometer to test for doneness and watch the thermometer carefully. Since grass fed beef cooks so quickly, your beef can go from perfectly cooked to overcooked in less than a minute.
  • Let the beef sit covered and in a warm place for 8 to 10 minutes after removing from heat to let the juices redistribute.
  • Never use a fork to turn your beef . . . precious juices will be lost. Always use tongs.
  • Reduce the temperature of your grain fed beef recipes by 50 degrees i.e. 275 degrees for roasting or at the lowest heat setting in a crock pot. The cooking time will still be the same or slightly shorter even at the lower temperature. Again . . . watch your meat thermometer and don’t overcook your meat. Use moisture from sauces to add to the tenderness when cooking your roast.
  • Always pre-heat your oven, pan or grill before cooking grass fed beef.
  • When grilling, sear the meat quickly over a high heat on each side to seal in its natural juices and then reduce the heat to a medium or low to finish the cooking process. Also, baste to add moisture throughout the grilling process. Don't forget grass fed beef requires 30% less cooking time so watch your thermometer and don't leave your steaks unattended.
  • When roasting, sear the beef first to lock in the juices and then place in a pre-heated oven. Save your leftovers . . . roasted grass fed beef slices make great healthy luncheon meats with no additives or preservatives.
  • When preparing The pre-made hamburgers we recommend that you cook them frozen to increase the moisture. We add zero fat to our burgers (they are 85% to 90% lean) . . . so some moisture is needed to compensate for the lack of fat. Make sure you do not overcook your burgers . . . 30% less cooking time is required.