I’ve just about had it. This company (who both my friend Elaine and I thought would be good) American Grass Fed Beef (http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com/) has been sending us beef pretty much every quarter. She and I went in halves on getting a quarter of a side, and I have to say- all the meat has been embarrassingly low quality. I know that grass fed beef can be overcooked because it’s so lean, but that is not what is happening here. Most of the time it’s hamburger that we get – which means the scraps after butchering (usually from a variety of pieces) is given to us. Anyway, I have hamburger coming out of my ears. The first bad experience of many was with some T-Bones, I cooked them to ‘medium’, and they were SO tough, they were completely inedible, and we ended up giving them to our dogs.
What we did tonight was the ‘petite’ which is the portion of the cow between the shoulders (I’m pretty sure) that’s supposed to be especially tender. It’s shaped like a pork loin, so I cut it into small filets, and used a meat thermometer to make sure they didn’t go over 145 degrees (medium rare). Guess what? They were slightly chewable, but they had absolutely no flavor. In the end, we decided to give these to the dogs as well because we asked ourselves why were we eating them- they were so unpleasurable to eat, we just stopped. After this episode, I have a theory- sure the meat we get is from grass fed cows, but what they DON’T say, is that the cows are probably too old (and thus tough) to give to restaurants and or grocery stores, so they sell these older cattle to suckers like me. I only wish I could get my money back.
Anyway, if you come across this blog entry by searching for “American Grass Fed Beef”, save your money, and just get your beef from a store that gets their cattle from ethical ranches. Of course if you’re more concerned about where the beef comes from as opposed to flavor and texture, then this may be okay to you. My wife just said “There aren’t enough words to describe how that meat sucks.” So, if American Grass Fed Beef reads this? Call me- I’d love to send some shame your way. At least I’ve learned to just get my beef or what not from Costco- their meat has always been wonderful. Now to figure out what to do with all the hamburger I have in the freezer. Ugh.