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  • Just bought my first grass-fed ground beef!

    What should I do with it? I feel like making a really complicated recipe with too many ingredients will interfere with the yumminess of the grass-fed taste. I also have to use a pound in one go because it's in a vacuum-seal bag. Suggestions? =)
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    Make up some burgers/patties?
    Stuffed cabbage rolls?
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    • #3
      Don't need much more than a bit of S&P in the GB for excellent burgers, grilled or fried in bacon fat.

      You could bake up some good meatballs. For a pound, try adding a beaten egg, some grated Parm, fresh Italian herbs, S&P, bake at 350F until browned. I've also put crumbled, crisped bacon into meatballs with excellent results.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
        Don't need much more than a bit of S&P in the GB for excellent burgers, grilled or fried in bacon fat.
        +1 May not need any fat.

        Why do you need to cook it all at once? Why can't you put some in whatever food storage wrap/container you use?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hedonist View Post
          +1 May not need any fat.

          Why do you need to cook it all at once? Why can't you put some in whatever food storage wrap/container you use?
          I buy my grass-fed beef in bulk (freezer beef), so when I defrost GB I too like to cook whatever's thawed as soon as it is thawed, all at once. You can leave it in the fridge in wrap or a container, but it's going to start oxidizing (browning) and losing juices (blood pools out). Best eaten at its freshest, IMO.

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          • #6
            I bought some organic grass fed hamburger last week that tasted awful. I threw it away. Won't be doing that again anytime soon.

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            • #7
              I've purchased grass-fed beef from probably half a dozen local farms, and all of it was superior to store-bought corn-fed beef.

              Did you buy direct from a farmer?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
                I buy my grass-fed beef in bulk (freezer beef), so when I defrost GB I too like to cook whatever's thawed as soon as it is thawed, all at once. You can leave it in the fridge in wrap or a container, but it's going to start oxidizing (browning) and losing juices (blood pools out). Best eaten at its freshest, IMO.
                This. I have a pound to defrost, so I would prefer to cook it all at once. I think I will do the fried burger(s) with salt and pepper and see how it goes. Totally can't wait

                By the way, when you grill, do you grill grill outside or George Foreman it? Because I am thinking about getting a Foreman, but I have so many cooking things at home that I don't want to get any more if necessary.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                  This. I have a pound to defrost, so I would prefer to cook it all at once. I think I will do the fried burger(s) with salt and pepper and see how it goes. Totally can't wait

                  By the way, when you grill, do you grill grill outside or George Foreman it? Because I am thinking about getting a Foreman, but I have so many cooking things at home that I don't want to get any more if necessary.
                  I'm pretty minimalist with appliances, so grill outdoors, charcoal. Some folks seem to love their Foremans, though. To me, a $12 cast iron pan is all I need for cooking burgers indoors.

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                  • #10
                    I bought some organic grass fed hamburger last week that tasted awful. I threw it away. Won't be doing that again anytime soon.
                    Maybe it wasn't really grass-fed beef. Did the label actually say "grass-fed" or was it just 'organic' or some other meaningless title? Grass fed tastes sweeter and oilier, more like an animal than a product.
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                    • #11
                      I'm so jealous!!! I want to buy a half beef so bad but can't justify the cost right now.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ErinC View Post
                        I'm so jealous!!! I want to buy a half beef so bad but can't justify the cost right now.
                        Yeah, I couldn't either, but then I realized that if it's a lot of fat (85/15), then it's a lot more worth buying in terms of calories and omega-3s than I get from grain-fed low-fat beef and omega-3 eggs. Plus I spend lots on cheese anyway ($7/lb-ish), so it's like my healthier substitute xD;
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ErinC View Post
                          I'm so jealous!!! I want to buy a half beef so bad but can't justify the cost right now.
                          A lot of farms will sell quarters...

                          Originally posted by sakura_girl
                          Yeah, I couldn't either, but then I realized that if it's a lot of fat (85/15), then it's a lot more worth buying in terms of calories and omega-3s than I get from grain-fed low-fat beef and omega-3 eggs. Plus I spend lots on cheese anyway ($7/lb-ish), so it's like my healthier substitute xD;
                          I typically request everything with my quarters/halves that I can get: marrow bones, liver, heart, etc. I have a giant slab of kidney fat (suet) that I need to render into tallow so I can have more space in my freezer. Plus it's a great fat to have on hand.

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