Tips for Cooking Grass-Fed Beef
Many people have questions about how to cook grass-fed beef. We would like to take this opportunity to help pass along some of our best tips for cooking grass-fed beef as well as a few of our favorite recipes for grass-fed beef.
Grass-fed beef is much less fatty and can require an adjustment to cooking times and temperatures. Prepared correctly, grass-fed beef will give you a rich and earthy taste you are sure to enjoy and because it is a much healthier product your entire body reaps the rewards, not just your taste buds!
We are proud of the quality and tastiness of our beef at Miller Ridge Farms and we want you to have a successful experience in cooking and preparing it at home. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind: Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, 12-24 hours prior to use. Defrosting in the microwave can change the texture of the meat and negatively affect the flavor and tenderness. It’s also best to bring the meat to room temperature instead of starting the cooking process with the meat cold, straight from the refrigerator.
- Coat the meat with olive oil. Grass fed beef is very low in fat and the oil will prevent drying and sticking to the pan or grill as well as enhance the flavor and aid in browning. Always use tongs to turn as a fork piercing the meat will cause you to lose moisture.
- Due to high protein and low fat levels, grass fed beef typically requires about 30% less time to cook and will continue to cook when removed from heat. About 10 degrees before it reaches the desired temperature remove the beef from the heat source and allow to rest for at least ten minutes.
- When roasting or cooking in a crockpot, adjust the temperature by 50 degrees, roasting in the oven at 275 degrees and in a crockpot use the lowest setting. Even at these lower temperatures the cooking time will be about the same, sometimes slightly shorter. A meat thermometer is your best friend in ensuring that you do not overcook the meat.
Here are some links to some fantastic recipes where grass fed beef can be the star ingredient: