Tips for cooking Grass Fed Beef
- Your biggest culprit for tough grass fed beef is overcooking. This beef is made for rare to medium rare cooking. If you like well done beef, then cook your grass fed beef at very low temperatures in a sauce to add moisture.
- Since grass fed beef is extremely low in fat, coat with virgin olive oil, truffle oil or a favorite light oil for flavor enhancement and easy browning. The oil will, also, prevent drying and sticking.
- Grass fed beef has high protein and low fat levels, the beef will usually require 30% less cooking time and will continue to cook when removed from heat. For this reason, remove the beef from your heat source 10 degrees before it reaches the desired temperature.
- Use a thermometer to test for doneness and watch the thermometer carefully. Since grass fed beef cooks so quickly, your beef can go from perfectly cooked to overcooked in less than a minute.
- Let the beef sit covered and in a warm place for 8 to 10 minutes after removing from heat to let the juices redistribute.
- Never use a fork to turn your beef precious juices will be lost. Always use tongs.
- Never use a microwave to thaw your grass fed beef. Either thaw your beef in the refrigerator or for quick thawing place your vacuum sealed package in water for a few minutes.
- Bring your grass fed meat to room temperature before cooking do not cook it cold straight from a refrigerator.
- Always pre-heat your oven, pan or grill before cooking grass fed beef.
- When grilling, sear the meat quickly over a high heat on each side to seal in its natural juices and then reduce the heat to a medium or low to finish the cooking process. Also, baste to add moisture throughout the grilling process. Don’t forget grass fed beef requires 30% less cooking time so watch your thermometer and don’t leave your steaks unattended.
- When roasting, sear the beef first to lock in the juices and then place in a pre-heated oven. Save your leftovers roasted grass fed beef slices make great healthy luncheon meats with no additives or preservatives.
- When grilling burgers, use caramelized onions or roasted peppers to add low-fat moisture to the meat.
- Pan searing on the stove is an easy way to cook a grassfed steak. After you’ve seared the steak over high heat, turn the heat to low and add butter and garlic to the pan to finish cooking.