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Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 1:30am
99% of the red meat I eat is grass-fed.  I enjoy grass-fed beef, buffalo, goat etc.  I've been buying it at my local Whole Foods and at my local Farmer's Market.  However, today when I went shopping, NOBODY had any grass-fed meat apart from two little grass-fed goat steaks.  I was wondering whether any of you order your grass-fed online and what it's like.  I once ordered some grass-fed steaks from http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com and I was quite impressed.  Maybe I should order from them again - or does anyone have other suggestions?
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 30, 2006, 2:26am; Reply: 1
here are a few more:
http://eatwild.com

http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com

http://texasgrassfedbeef.com/

http://www.grasslandbeef.com/
Posted by: 1501 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 6:34am; Reply: 2
Check any local farms too....I get mine (just bought 1/2 a steer) from a guy two miles from me who is not listed on eatwild.com.
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 4:25pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from lola


If you see my original posting: Americangrassfedbeef.com is the one I said I have already tried.  Thank you for the other two though.

Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 30, 2006, 5:28pm; Reply: 4
glad to help! )
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 8:35pm; Reply: 5
How about a place that is reasonably priced online to buy from?  
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 30, 2006, 8:38pm; Reply: 6
compare prices between the links available here......
I believe you can buy on line from all of them.
Posted by: apositive, Thursday, November 30, 2006, 8:41pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from funkymuse
How about a place that is reasonably priced online to buy from?  

Haven't heard of one myself.  I know of someone who drives quite a distance to a farm a couple of times of year and stores the beef in his freezer.  He's lucky to have the freezer, of course.
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 8:46pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from funkymuse
How about a place that is reasonably priced online to buy from?  


I think those prices are fairly reasonable.  Some of them offer free shipping too

Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:41pm; Reply: 9
Well I was trying to find this out by calculations.  Wild Oats sells NY Strips for $14.99 per pound and sometimes $16.99 per lb.  

I think i figured the NY Strips were much more than that on any of the web stores.  BUT I'll check again...

Thanks!
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:45pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from funkymuse
Well I was trying to find this out by calculations.  Wild Oats sells NY Strips for $14.99 per pound and sometimes $16.99 per lb.  

I think i figured the NY Strips were much more than that on any of the web stores.  BUT I'll check again...

Thanks!



NY Strips are my favorite grass-fed steak!  On one of those sites, the NY Strips were $11.78 or so per pound.  So that's not a bad deal.   That was on http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com.  One of the other sites is more expensive.  It worked out at  over $10 for an 8oz Strip or Ribeye.  The grass-fed stuff is annoyingly expensive compared with feedlot meat but what are you gonna do?
Posted by: mikeo, Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:03pm; Reply: 11
invest in a large freezer and by a side of a grass fed cow or a whole lamb...larger initial purchase but much cheaper by the pound this way......when you defrost the meat use a nice cherry juice with beneficial fresh herbs marinade
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:12pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from mikeo
invest in a large freezer and by a side of a grass fed cow or a whole lamb...larger initial purchase but much cheaper by the pound this way......when you defrost the meat use a nice cherry juice with beneficial fresh herbs marinade


Definitely an economical way to go...  but WTH do you do with your side of grass fed cow?  Do you have to chop it into steaks yourself?  Personally I'm not sure I'm ready to hoist a whole lamb over my shoulder and carry it upstairs into my apartment.  

But I guess if we're really going to go back to basics, why not make our own spears and go out and hunt some buffalo?  LOL

Posted by: 1501 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:28pm; Reply: 13
I ordered my meat from a farm near me. I could do it online or over the phone. Either way, I was asked how I wanted the different cuts...ground, steaks, roast etc. I was also asked how big I wanted roasts to be and whether I wanted the liver and some of the shin bones. Hamburger all comes in 1 pound packages. The meat was wrapped (beautifully! every time it is like unwrapping a present) and labeled and frozen for me.  If you would like to see how I did it, you can check out their website at

http://www.tussocksedgefarm.com/Home.htm

Again, I hope everyone checks out local farmers for the best deals. I live only 45 minutes away from downtown Philadelphia so I know even those of you in cities can find GF beef. As others said, much better to buy a larger quantity for the best price.
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:39pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from semmens
I ordered my meat from a farm near me. I could do it online or over the phone. Either way, I was asked how I wanted the different cuts...ground, steaks, roast etc. I was also asked how big I wanted roasts to be and whether I wanted the liver and some of the shin bones. Hamburger all comes in 1 pound packages. The meat was wrapped (beautifully! every time it is like unwrapping a present) and labeled and frozen for me.  If you would like to see how I did it, you can check out their website at

http://www.tussocksedgefarm.com/Home.htm

Again, I hope everyone checks out local farmers for the best deals. I live only 45 minutes away from downtown Philadelphia so I know even those of you in cities can find GF beef. As others said, much better to buy a larger quantity for the best price.




That's pretty cool!  I know that there are farms within miles of New York City where grass fed meat would be available, but like so many people in NYC, I don't drive and I doubt very much that the farms are accessible by subway or yellow cab - our most popular means of transport here.  I can usually pick it up at my local Farmer's market on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday.  But this past Wednesday there was no grass-fed beef to be had and even the grass-fed goat had very nearly sold out....

Edited to add:  I clicked the link you posted.  This stuff is GRAIN FED and not GRASS FED.  Good grain-fed meat is easy to come by, this thread was about finding good, reasonably priced GRASS fed meat.
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:40pm; Reply: 15
I have a question about the ground GF beef: what are you supposed to do with it?  It always tastes like poo to me and I'm not sure why.  Do they put a lot of gristle and testicles and so on in it?
Posted by: 1501 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:48pm; Reply: 16
Mine tastes wonderful; it is lean without being dry, and I have never seen gristle or anything "organish". I use it burgers or anything I'd use GB in; stuffed peppers, tacos, etc. I got 56 lbs total so I am trying to be imaginative with it.
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:53pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from semmens
Mine tastes wonderful; it is lean without being dry, and I have never seen gristle or anything "organish". I use it burgers or anything I'd use GB in; stuffed peppers, tacos, etc. I got 56 lbs total so I am trying to be imaginative with it.


Have you ever tried Grass Fed beef?

Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:55pm; Reply: 18
I eat only grass-fed and it's the best beef I've ever eaten.  However, the key is to find a butcher who understands how to  dry age beef.  It needs to hang for a couple of weeks before selling to the consumer.
Posted by: 1501 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:56pm; Reply: 19
Sorry, you lost me. Isnt that what we've been talking about?
Posted by: Lola, Friday, December 1, 2006, 12:04am; Reply: 20
yes, grass fed as opposed to grain fed which is the meat from your link given.

two different things......
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 12:08am; Reply: 21
Quoted from semmens
Sorry, you lost me. Isnt that what we've been talking about?


As Lola just pointed out, the beef you're eating isn't grass-fed if you bought it from the farm whose link you posted.

Posted by: 1501 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 12:15am; Reply: 22
The beef I bought is definitely grassfed; they havent't updated the website since they posted this :

"We look forward to offering a choice of either grain- or grass-fed beef in the future."

Sorry if I was misunderstood, but I wouldn't have been making the posts I have if I had been referring to grain-fed beef. It's true that the farm I used offers both. I ordered the GF kind.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, December 1, 2006, 12:16am; Reply: 23
great!
thanks for the link, then!
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 12:36am; Reply: 24
Quoted from semmens
The beef I bought is definitely grassfed; they havent't updated the website since they posted this :

"We look forward to offering a choice of either grain- or grass-fed beef in the future."

Sorry if I was misunderstood, but I wouldn't have been making the posts I have if I had been referring to grain-fed beef. It's true that the farm I used offers both. I ordered the GF kind.


Oh, I see!

Posted by: 1501 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 12:59am; Reply: 25
I will have to try goat sometime. Does it resemble beef at all in flavor?

I adore lamb, and when I have some room in my freezer I'd like to get a grassfed lamb. Spring might work for this.
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 1:04am; Reply: 26
I find it more like ostrich than goat.   When I use it I always make it into a stew so I could not really tell you what unadorned goat meat actually tastes like!
Posted by: EquiPro, Friday, December 1, 2006, 1:27am; Reply: 27
I live in San Antonio and I think that I have posted this many times before, but it is solution worth repeating:

I found a butcher that will go to a sale and purchase a whole grass-fed steer for me live on the hoof.  Because he already goes to the sale regularly to purchase live beef for his meat store, he just charges me a little bit and picks one up for me, too.  He knows the beef ranchers and knows which cattle are pasture raised and fed only without being finished at a feed lot.  He then hauls the live animal back to his (tiny) slaughterhouse and humanely kills them.    He hangs ages it for as long as I request (at least 10 days - EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IF YOU PURCHASE BEEF THIS WAY) then butchers it to my specifications (1-1/2 " steaks, no chilimeat, etc.), cuts it up, wraps it and deep freezes it.  I borrow a friend of mine's truck and go and pick the whole thing up and put it in coolers until I get home.  The last time I did this, I got 338 pounds of meat (from filet mignon to short ribs to soup bones) for just under $800. It ended up costing me, overall, $2.30/ lb for the entire thing.

The butcher also will pick me up some cabrito (kid goats) at the sale and butchers them and wraps them up:  $65 each.

I know that the beef that he purchases for me is pasture-raised only and not finished off at a feed lot.  I know that he takes care in transporting the live animal and not stressing it and I know that he quickly, carefully and humanely kills the animals that he does for me.

Since there is a LOT of dairy just north and east of NYC (I grew up in upstate NY - Ithaca) if you search around, you can probably find something similar to this.  I know that, growing up, there was always a butcher around who would kill and process a animal for you.  I would just get on the internet and look for sale barns or old-fashioned meat markets.  Most likely, you could find a butcher through the sale barn.

I would see if you could find a friend or two and go in on a whole beef.  Perhaps one of them would have a truck or large car. If you were able to get this done now (although the grass isn't good at this time of year), you wouldn't even need to worry about coolers for transport.  A small-scale slaughterhouse might have a line on some cabrito and/or lambs, too.  Perhaps rabbits also.

Just a few hours north, west or south should provide you with this sort of solution to your quest.
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 1:33am; Reply: 28
Quoted from EquiPro
I live in San Antonio and I think that I have posted this many time before:

I found a butcher that will purchase a whole grass-fed steer for me.  He ages it for as long as I request (at least 10 dayst) then butchers it to my specifications (1-1/2 " steaks, no chilimeat, etc.), cuts it up, wraps it and deep freezes it.  I borrow a friend of mine's truck and go and pick the whole thing up and put it in coolers until I get home.  The last time I did this, I got 338 pounds of meat (from filet mignon to short ribs) for just under $800.  It ended up costing me, overall, $2.30/ lb for the entire thing.

The butcher also will pick me up some cabrito (kid goats) at the sale and butchers them and wraps them up:  $65 each.

I know that the beef that he purchases for me is pasture-raised only and not finished off at a feed lot.  I know that he takes care in transporting the live animal and not stressing it and I know that he quickly, carefully and humanely kills the animals that he does for me.

Since there is a LOT of dairy just north and east of NYC (I grew up in upstate NY - Ithaca) if you search around, you can probably find something similar to this.  I know that, growing up, there was always a butcher around who would kill and process a animal for you.  I would just get on the internet and look for sale barns.  Most likely, you could find a butcher through the sale barn.

I would see if you could find a friend or two and go in on a whole beef.  Perhaps one of them would have a truck. If you were able to get this done now (although the grass isn't good at this time of year), you wouldn't even need to worry about coolers for transport.  A small-scale slaughterhouse might have a line on some cabrito and/or lambs, too.  Perhaps rabbits also.

Just a few hours north, west or south should provide you with this sort of solution to your quest.




cool, cool, cool!

The closest I've come is a mini slaughterhouse in NYC where you can go in pick out a goat or a chicken or a rabbit and they will slaughter it for you on the premises.,  THe drawback is that the animals are not grass-fed or - as far as I know - even hormone and anti-biotic free.  I believe there were some lambs there too.

Posted by: mikeo, Friday, December 1, 2006, 2:08am; Reply: 29
Quoted from AfricanTypeO


Definitely an economical way to go...  but WTH do you do with your side of grass fed cow?  Do you have to chop it into steaks yourself?  Personally I'm not sure I'm ready to hoist a whole lamb over my shoulder and carry it upstairs into my apartment.  

But I guess if we're really going to go back to basics, why not make our own spears and go out and hunt some buffalo?  LOL



sorry for not clarifying...you have the company providing the meat chop it up in the cuts you want
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 2:13am; Reply: 30
Quoted from mikeo


sorry for not clarifying...you have the company providing the meat chop it up in the cuts you want



Thanks.  I had visions of you in your kitchen with a meat cleaver, with animal blood sprayed all over the walls.  LOL.
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