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  • Is there a reason my farmers market vendor only sells "lean" stew meat?

    I buy grass fed beef at a farmers market from a vendor that specializes in it. The beef is grass finished and they are pretty much the only seller of "regular medium ground" grass finished beef I have seen anywhere for that matter.

    However when it comes to stew beef they only offer "lean stew"? I thought maybe it was just what they called it because grass fed beef is naturally lean"er" than grain fed but I looked at one of the packages that had some nutrition information on it (none of the other packs ever do but this one did) and it said 0 fat, wtf?

    Is there something wrong or unfavorable about regular grass fed stew beef? Why wouldn't they offer it?

  • #2
    I'm honestly not sure... But my guess is that even though Primal people buy grass fed, many(if not most) people who buy grass fed still follow the CW "low fat" diet.

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    • #3
      because of the people who want to eat "healthy", about 99% still follow low-fat dogma.

      i bet if you asked they could arrange other cuts for you.
      As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

      Ernest Hemingway

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      • #4
        Why not ask the source?

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        • #5
          Yeah, Im going to try requesting it. What should I ask for? What is it called? Full fat beef? Regular stew beef? Medium stew?

          Also is medium ground beef the highest amount of fat you can get or is there something higher?

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          • #6
            The stew meat is usually cut from the shin bones, and the shin bones are sold as marrow bones. It just tends to be lean. And grass fed beef tends to be leaner than corn fed. The cookbook where I read that suggests making beef stew from a shank with the bone still in for added flavor.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              We buy whole cows - stew meat is from lean cuts. If you want fatty cuts you have to ask for something else like rib roast/steak. Many others roasts and stew meat are very lean and sold/used for roasts and stew because they will be cooked for long periods allowing the tougher lean meat to get tender.

              This has absolutely nothing to do with the farmer thinking lean is good or bad.
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              • #8
                You could buy a chuck roast or short ribs which are perfect for making a stew, they come with fat and bones. We buy half a cow at a time and all the stew meat is lean.
                Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                • #9
                  Beef heart makes a really good stew too. It is lean but very tender. I just add my own marrow bone stock to it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                    The stew meat is usually cut from the shin bones, and the shin bones are sold as marrow bones. It just tends to be lean. And grass fed beef tends to be leaner than corn fed. The cookbook where I read that suggests making beef stew from a shank with the bone still in for added flavor.
                    What sbhikes said. If it's fatty meat, it's probably going to be used for ground beef or sold whole as a chuck roast.
                    Steph
                    My Primal Meanderings

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                    • #11
                      Is there really such a thing as "fat free" meat? I'm not being sarcastic, I just didn't know such a thing existed. I thought all meat from mammals had at least a little fat in it.
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                      • #12
                        So what Im hearing is lean stew beef is the same thing as regular stew beef, is that right?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Matil View Post
                          So what Im hearing is lean stew beef is the same thing as regular stew beef, is that right?
                          Yup. It's a way to label a tough, lean cut of meat that otherwise wouldn't have much use. In the US, at least!
                          Steph
                          My Primal Meanderings

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                          • #14
                            Do you think its still a good enough or worthwhile amount of fat or should I go for something better? Im thinking of using a brisket roast or something now.

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                            • #15
                              A brisket would probably make a very nice stew. You could also add some lamb to your stew. I love lamb in stew.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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