Grass-Fed Beef...the Elusive Ingredient!

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? emoticon
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  • LBART85
    I just looked into grass-feed beef myself and finally found it in a store 45 miles away for the exact same price as in walmart for regular beef. It takes up gas but the store offers fresher fruits and veggies for cheaper and better quality than anything we have. It seems that for every mile it travels north it gets worse and worse. Totally weird. We just make a day of it and explore the new town.
    1838 days ago
    We get a half of a half (1/4) from a local farmer. It is more expensive that standard beef, but definitely cheaper than the store. Do you have a farmers market where you are at? There are several farmers selling grass fed beef either by small, individual amounts or half or quarter like what we buy that frequent our local farmers market.

    Good luck! I agree with you that it is well worth the extra money!
    1842 days ago
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