What is Grass-fed Beef?
Grass-fed beef from Fairway is a healthy way to enjoy beef. Grass-fed beef means that the cattle were allowed to forage and graze for their own fresh food. The emphasis is on providing the closest thing to a natural diet as possible. Grass is high in key nutrients like Omega-3s and B vitamins, and result in steaks that are leaner, healthier, and much more flavorful. Basically, grass-fed beef is better beef!
Talk to your Fairway Butcher to find out more about grass-fed beef and to get just the right cut for your meal.
Grass-fed Beef Cooking Tips
- Thaw grass-fed beef in the refrigerator or, for quick thawing, place the vacuum sealed package in cold water for a few minutes. Let it sit at room temperature for no more than 30 minutes. Do not cook it cold straight from the refrigerator or thaw with a microwave.
- Use a meat tenderizer. Tenderizing breaks down tough connective tissue to bring out the natural flavor.
- You can also coat a thawed steak with your favorite rub; put it into a plastic zipper bag; place on a solid surface; and, using a meat mallet, rolling pin, or other hard object; pound a few times. This will not only tenderize the meat, but will also incorporate the rub, adding flavor.
- Because grass-fed beef is low in fat, coat it with extra virgin olive oil or another light oil for easy browning. The oil will also prevent the meat from drying out and sticking to the cooking surface.
- Pre-heat the oven, pan, or grill before cooking grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef cooks about 30 percent faster than grain fed beef. Use a thermometer to test for doneness and watch the temperature carefully. You can go from perfectly cooked to overdone in less than a minute. The meat will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat, so when it reaches a temperature ten degrees lower than the desired temperature, it’s done.
- Grass-fed beef is ideal at rare to medium-rare temperatures. If you prefer meat well done, cook at a low temperature in a sauce to add moisture. A slow cooker is ideal.
- Pan searing on the stove is an easy way to cook a grass-fed steak. After you’ve seared the steak over high heat, turn the heat to low and add butter and garlic to the pan to finish cooking.
- Let the beef sit covered in a warm place for eight to 10 minutes after removing from heat to let the juices redistribute.
Learn more cooking tips at AmericanGrassfed.org