Sunday, February 24, 2013
Growing up, we were all exposed to pictures of cows/steers roaming aimlessly and grazing contently in green pastures. So, common sense would dictate that the beef that shows up in our markets and ultimately on our tables would be from similarly fed animals...NOT!
The beef mass marketed and sold to the general public has been 'raised' on cornmeal, hormones and antibiotics.
Does it really matter?
That is a personal decision that everyone will have to make for him/herself.
I have decided if I am going to consume my weekly 3 ounces of beef to help supply my body with the necessary amino acids to repair/build muscles, it better be the most nutrient-dense, non-toxic beef I can find! If you haven't guessed yet, I'm not a big beef eater. ;-)
One catch...grass-fed beef is not readily available.
With the exception of one local market chain, supermarkets do not stock grass-fed beef. Most butchers don't sell grass-fed either. The one chain that does offer a grass-fed beef 'selection' imports it from Australia! You mean to tell me that not ONE steer in the US is grass-fed?!?
Of course, there are Internet suppliers who hock grass-fed beef...but with hefty price tags! Eight (8 oz) sirloin streaks sell for $84.80 at an internet 'wholesaler'! I'm not talking about filet mignon...or even rib eye! That's $21 per pound...highway robbery, if you ask me. I'm just saying.
But, I will continue searching for the elusive grass-fed beef...stocking up on it as I come across it.
Does anyone have a steer they are about to slaughter?