More Grass-fed Meats
We’ve been continuing to work our way through the shipment of grass-fed meats and for the most part, we’ve been pleased.
I ordered a pound of lamb kebab meat and prepared it Armenian-style. (I’ve blogged this recipe before) I was pleased not to have to cut up the meat myself although we did find a few chewy pieces here and there that I probably would have cut out if I had cut it myself.
I also made burgers with the ground beef. I don’t know what the fat content is of the ground beef, but it looked pretty similar to the beef I used to buy at Costco which I think was 87 or 88% lean. Whatever it is, it made a great burger – so good that the next day my husband brought it up again, which is very unusual for him!
Our next selection was a top round steak. I did a little research and found that it is usually a tougher cut that fairs well with an overnight marinade. I found a simple marinade recipe in the Gourmet cookbook and tweaked it a little, tossing in a little Worcestershire and cutting back a bit on the red wine vinegar.
The next day I grilled it and served it sliced thinly on a salad. I enjoyed it and thought the flavor of the meat was very good, but my husband complained that it was too tough. I really thought most of it was fine, but there were one or two pieces which seemed tougher. I guess he got more of them!
The next day there was still some steak leftover so I went back to the steak & cheese well and threw together a reasonable sandwich and nobody complained about toughness when it was topped with melted cheese and onions and peppers and enrobed in a tasty toasted roll!
We also tried the pork chops. For some reason, I had a lone, single frozen pork chop still in the freezer from Costco so I thawed that along with the two grass-fed chops so we could compare. They were slightly different cuts, both bone-in, but side-by-side, the grass-fed was just better. They were very close, but again the word that comes to mind is cleaner – somehow, the grass-fed has a cleaner, fresher taste.
So far, I am very happy with my purchase and I am probably going to order again soon.