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  • The Taste of Grass Fed Beef

    Does anyone else have a problem with it???

    I bought some grass fed tenderloin a year ago or so when it was a great deal. I didn't really care for the flavor, though.

    Now that I really know the benefits of eating grass fed beef, I am considering buying a half or quarter from a local farm.

    Meanwhile, I decided to just buy a package of grass fed ground beef at the health food store yesterday. Used it to make lunch today... and I still don't like the taste.

    For those of you who have made the switch, how did you handle that? Did you just put on your big kid pants and power through until you got used to it? Did it never bother you to begin with?

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    Start mixing the ground beef with spices, herbs, garlic, etc...

    Here is a good place to start
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread20279-2.html

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    • #3
      Shop around at different farms. No one farm really creates the same "grass-fed" beef, due to the different grasses one farm may have over another. Sort of like honey tasting different depending where the pollen was collected. Living in chicago I've tried grass-fed beef from iowa and indiana, and I like iowa grass-fed beef way better.

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      • #4
        I think grass fed tastes 100x better than what we buy at the store. In fact, it's ruined us for all others. Eating out at steakhouses is such a disappointment these days. It tastes like cafeteria food now, lol.
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        • #5
          Hmmmmm....I never had a problem with it. Always thought my cow tasted better than the markets.

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          • #6
            The beef we used to get was actually grass fed until about two weeks before processing then fed corn so I don't really taste a big difference; my husband does so I remind him of the benefits. I think he will eventually get used to it.

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            • #7
              Yeah, I hate it, too. It's a hell of a lot leaner, though, which is part of the problem. I have been looking for a half cow and finally today found a great guy at a farmer's market. He said the grass fed I have been buying at the supermarket is from Australia and does not conform to US standards for grass fed. I bought about $50 worth from him- we shall see! His half cow price is $3.50 per pound hanging weight.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                I think grass fed tastes 100x better than what we buy at the store. In fact, it's ruined us for all others. Eating out at steakhouses is such a disappointment these days. It tastes like cafeteria food now, lol.
                +1 My 86 year old Dad says grass fed beef reminds him of the beef he used to eat as a child. Also, dare to go a little more rare with grass fed and it is tastier. Corn fed has all that marbling not to mention water retention in the muscle. Grass fed is easier to overcook. That doesn't mean it doesn't taste good.

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                • #9
                  I think I will just have to buy some individual cuts from some local farms and try them out. The only grass fed beef I have ever tried was from Australia. The ground beef today was from out of state.

                  I wouldn't say that it's a bad taste. Just... different. Not gamey, like venison, but it sort of reminded me of that.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CarlaC View Post
                    Yeah, I hate it, too. It's a hell of a lot leaner, though, which is part of the problem. I have been looking for a half cow and finally today found a great guy at a farmer's market. He said the grass fed I have been buying at the supermarket is from Australia and does not conform to US standards for grass fed. I bought about $50 worth from him- we shall see! His half cow price is $3.50 per pound hanging weight.
                    That's an AWESOME price! The best price that I have found so far is $4.75/lb hanging weight. The stuff I usually buy is about $3/lb hw.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CarlaC View Post
                      Yeah, I hate it, too. It's a hell of a lot leaner, though, which is part of the problem. I have been looking for a half cow and finally today found a great guy at a farmer's market.
                      Yeah, when I want a stack of fattier ground beef I get it this U.S. Wellness Meats — Our Animals Eat Right So You Can Too.

                      When I get it by the cow I get this Beef Bundles

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bekki View Post
                        Does anyone else have a problem with it???

                        I bought some grass fed tenderloin a year ago or so when it was a great deal. I didn't really care for the flavor, though.

                        Now that I really know the benefits of eating grass fed beef, I am considering buying a half or quarter from a local farm.

                        Meanwhile, I decided to just buy a package of grass fed ground beef at the health food store yesterday. Used it to make lunch today... and I still don't like the taste.

                        For those of you who have made the switch, how did you handle that? Did you just put on your big kid pants and power through until you got used to it? Did it never bother you to begin with?
                        I can't believe this post! My wife and I used to be major beef eaters. We moved to N. Ireland in 1982 and were disgusted by the taste of grass fed beef which was the only beef available there. I recently decided to try grass fed beef and we discovered a farm less than 10 miles away where we can buy 1 lb package of grass fed ground beef which we are going to do to see if we will like it. My wife says we are wasting our time/ money but I will let you know how it turns out.

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                        • #13
                          If you just eat it every day, you'll get used to the difference in a week or so, and then grain-finished beef will taste funny to you.
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                          • #14
                            Ha-ha! You let your taste buds tell you what to do! They are there to serve you, not the other way around. I say "BOW BEFORE ME TASTE BUDS, we're going to eat this now - get used to it!".
                            Crohn's, doing SCD

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                            • #15
                              I eat it often and didn't notice a real taste difference. I season it with onion, paprika, salt and pepper though. Tonight I threw in a pat of butter which was delicious though it had plenty of fat. I do have to be careful not to overcook it.
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