Feb
08
2013

New to Cooking Grassfed Beef

Cooking grass-fed beef is a little different, but in a good way. Since it is much leaner than grain fed beef, you’ll find that your cooking times don’t take as long nor do they require as high of a temperature. A great way to add to your success is to let the steaks thaw completely, and then just before grilling allow them to come up to room temperature on the counter. Then, grill them at roughly 350 degrees for no more than 4-5 minutes per side maximum. You will find that an overcooked grass-fed steak is not as enjoyable and we suggest cooking only to about medium rare on the grill. Then, let your steaks rest for at least 5 minutes prior to serving and enjoy!

Did You Know?

Grass-fed meats improve and balance fat levels. Eating moderate amounts of grass-fed meat for only 4 weeks will give you healthier levels of essential fats, according to a 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition.

The British research showed that healthy volunteers who ate grass-fed meat increased their blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and decreased their level of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. These changes are linked with a lower risk of a host of disorders, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, and inflammatory disease.

Interestingly, volunteers who consumed conventional, grain-fed meat ended up with lower levels of omega-3s and higher levels of omega-6s than they had at the beginning of the study, suggesting that eating conventional meat had been detrimental to their health.

Source: British Journal of Nutrition (2011) Red meat from animals offered a grass diet increases plasma and platelet N-3 PUFA in healthy consumers. Volume 105, pages 80-89.

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