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Healthy grillin’ with grass fed beef

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Bartels Farms, in Eugene, Oregon, has been raising happy cows for over 115 years. They emphasize a farm-to-table model, which means they achieve 100% full traceability and oversee every step along the way from nurturing and raising the cattle to delivering quality beef to your table.  All their beef is always free of gluten and GMOs, and raised without antibiotics, added growth hormones or artificial ingredients. Their Certified Organic Angus Beef is both Oregon Tilth Certified and USDA Certified Organic and fed a 100% organic diet.

Their Grass Fed Beef is 100% grass fed, all natural beef humanely raised on sustainable ranches in Oregon. And you can be confidant where your beef is coming from since it’s source and traceability verified, and Angus Heritage Verified with DNA testing. Studies suggest grass fed beef has a variety of benefits including:

  • Less fat overall with higher quality of healthy omega-3 fats
  • More beta carotene—studies have shown more 7 times more beta carotene then grain fed beef
  • More vitamin E—An average of 3 times more then grain fed beef
  • More B vitamins—especially thiamin and riboflavin
  • More omega-3s and a healthier omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio
  • More conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)—2-3 times more CLA, a unique fatty acid linked to a variety of health benefits including a potential cancer fighter

Tips for Grilling Grass Fed Beef

  1. Quickly sear each side over high heat to seal in natural juices then reduce heat and continue cooking.
  2. The biggest mistake is overcooking grass fed beef. It’s best at rare to medium but if you like it well done, cook it at very low temperatures in a sauce to add moisture.
  3. Forgo the fork and stick to tongs while flipping the meat in order to keep precious juices in.
  4. Because it’s naturally low in fat, baste throughout grilling to add moisture or add caramelized onions, olives or roasted peppers to keep the beef juicy.
  5. Since it’s high in protein and low in fat, grass fed beef requires about 30% less cooking time and will continue cooking after it’s removed from the heat source, so remove from heat source 10 degrees before it reaches your desired temperature.
  6. Play it safe and use a meat thermometer to test for doneness and watch it carefully.
  7. Allow beef to sit covered in warm place for 8-10 minutes to let juices settle and redistribute before serving.

Source: Motherearthnews.com, Grass Fed Beef Health Benefits: A Meat-Buyer’s Guide; Kathleen Jade, ND, 12/23/2013 
Source: Americangrassfedbeef.com, Tips for Cooking Grass Fed Beef; 4/21/2013

HAGGEN BLOG: Tips for Grilling Grass Fed Beef from Bartels Farms in Oregon. Visit www.haggen.com.

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