Grass-fed Beef Cooking Tips and Recipes

Tips and Recipes for Cooking Grassfed Beef

  • Grassfed beef has much less fat than grain-fed beef. It will not appear as "marbled" as prime grain-feed beef.
  • You will experience tender meat if you use one of two methods for cooking:
  • "Wet" cooking in a crock pot or pot roast (braising). This method achieves temperatures close to boiling for hours at a time. The science behind it is that the tough collagen fibers turn into silky smooth gelatin after cooking for at least 3 hours at 190 degrees F. Boiling is 212 degrees F. So you can cut the toughest meats with a spoon after cooking with this method.
  • "Dry" cooking (steaks, roasts in an open pan).
    • You must reduce your cooking temperature by 50 degrees F or so to avoid heating the outside too much before the inside can warm up.
    • You must use a meat thermometer to determine when to stop cooking. The color of the meat does not tell you when it is done. The meat is done when the internal temperature in the center of the meat reaches the target temperature.
    • You must also use lower target temperatures than you may be used to: 125 F is the minimum and 140 F is the maximum. If you stop cooking at less than 125 degrees F, you will find yourself chewing rubber-band like meat. Of course, you can always cook it some more, and that works fine. If the temperature exceeds 140 degrees F in the center, you will likely wind up with tough, dry meat that is tasty but very difficult to eat. Trust us: we have done both during our learning curve!
    • For safety and to preserve the juices in the meat, sear the outside of the meat in a frying pan for 2-3 minutes. Doing this ensures that the outside of the meat is cooked to more than 160 degrees F, which is what is required to kill dangerous bacteria that might somehow be on the outside of the meat.

Recipes

  1. Osso bucco (braised beef shank soup bone and meat). This is excellent when prepared in a slow cooker overnight. You can also find a plethora of more sophisticated recipes on the Web. This recipe features the beef and adds extra beans, potatoes, and spices in the background.

    Ingredients

    two 1.5-lb packages of oso bucco  4 medium potatoes, chopped with skins   2 small sweet potatoes
    1 15.5 oz can of Goya Black Beans1 15.5 oz can of Goya Red Beans 1 15.5 oz can of Goya Chick Peas
    1 yellow onion, chopped1/2 bunch of scallions, chopped
    Optional: one cup quinoa, handful of chopped mushrooms, 1 12 oz salsa with black beans and corn.
    Spice to taste with garlic powder, pepper. Add flour as desired for thickening. Add water as desired for volume.

    Method In a 6 quart Crock-Pot, mix the ingredients. The oso bucco may be completely frozen at the start of cooking. Set the Crock-Pot for a 10-hour heat cycle. This consists of 7-8 hours of heating and 2-3 hours of sustained heat close to boiling. At the end of the 10 hours, the Crock-Pot lowers the temperature to about 140 F for an additional period of time. As with all food, use caution in eating after the heating stops to avoid food poisoning.

  2. Steaks, dry Roast

    Ingredients: the meat, optionally marinated and seasoned per your preferences.

    Method While the oven is pre-heating to 300 degrees F, add a small amount of oil to a skillet and heat until the oil is very hot. Sear the meat on all sides for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and place in cooking vessel. Optionally, insert one or more meat thermometers in the center of the meat and optionally in various other regions of the meat. When the oven is heated, place cooking vessel with meat in oven. If the thermometers are to stay in the meat during cooking, position them so their dials can be read through the oven door.

    Note the time when the meat is placed in the oven. Wait 15 minutes for steaks and an hour for thick roasts, then begin to check the meat temperature. If necessary, open the oven door and place the thermometer in the center of the meat to check the temperature, then remove the thermometer and place the meat the oven and close the door. See how fast the temperature is rising, and check the meat accordingly. When the temperature reaches 120 degrees F, check it more frequently to make sure it does not rise too high before you check again. Remove from the oven when the internal temperature is about 125-130 degrees F. Allow the meat to "rest" for about 10 minutes, during which time the internal temperature may rise a bit more. Then enjoy!