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If you choose to eat meat, eat it wisely. I stayed away from it for many years as the quality and health of it started to frighten me. That being said, 6 ½ months pregnant and I crave red meat as if I were a caveman living in the prehistoric ages. So I’m listening to my body and making educated and healthy decisions as to what red meat I will consume. As luck would have it there is a small farm in upstate New York that raises high quality, humanely treated animals, delivering their product right to the city. My current obsession: the grass-fed steaks and ground beef (I mean, who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger every now and then?).
Grass-fed beef comes from cows that have pastured on grass only. Pure 100 percent grass-fed beef is better for animals, more sustainable, and often more humane. Grass-fed beef is extremely lean, high in minerals, and considerably lower in saturated fat than industrialized, conventional, corn and grain-fed beef. And given it’s nutrient-rich grass-filled diet, it has elevated levels of omega-3 fatty acids useful in reducing the risk of heart disease and higher levels of C.L.A., conjugated linoleic acid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.
Over the past 50 years cows have become so filled with fat from grain-feeding it has created what is thought to be a more flavorful, tender and juicier steak… for that reason it is important to know that grass-fed beef requires much more attention when cooking to achieve that juicy, tender taste we’ve all grown accustom to loving.
Here Are My Top Tips For Cooking Grass-Fed Steak:
- Always bring meat to room temperature before cooking.
- Make sure your broiler, pan, or grill is hot enough before adding meat.
- Since grass fed beef is extremely low in fat, it is always best to coat it with extra virgin olive oil or canola oil for easy browning and to help prevent drying and sticking.
- Always salt and pepper both sides before cooking.
- It is best to only flip steak once while it cooks. The less you fiddle with it, the better the result.
- Because the beef is so lean, it must be cooked at lower temperatures and for less time. A good way to tell if your steak is cooked is by touch. A rare steak will feel very springy, a medium steak will feel slightly springy, and a well-done steak will feel firm. Using an accurate meat thermometer is the best way to ensure proper beef doneness.
- Always let meat rest after cooking for 5-10 minutes before serving. During this resting time, the meat continues to cook and the juices redistribute.