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Where's the beef?

2006-10-29 21:51:22.676811+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

We don't eat a whole lot of beef. When we do, we've been known to go somewhat overboard. And while I'm quite happy with a New York strip, Charlene tends towards the filet mignon side of things.

Now that we've both read Omnivore's Dilemma[Wiki], we're starting to look around at ways that we can alter our life in subtle ways to change our larger scale impacts on the world. And to be totally honest, we've also heard a lot of stuff about how different the flavor of grass fed beef is.

So yesterday we got a pair of New York strip steaks from grass fed local livestock that didn't spend time in a feedlot. Wow, what a difference. Different texture and flavor from the corn-fattened cows, and we're completely okay with both the additional cost and the fact that we can 't just pick these up out of the meat case at our supermarket. Yet.

But if you're a meat eater, I can heartily recommend the difference.

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#Comment Re: Grass fed beef made: 2006-10-29 22:17:52.486317+00 by: andylyke [edit history]

Agreed - there's quite a difference. We also enjoy various cuts of bison, which is, so far, all free range, grass fed. I'm reminded again of Eurostupidity when I ponder our (my) forebears slaughtering 15 million ideally acclimated bison on the praries so they could declare private property, erect fences and raise the much less hardy european cattle. "Lord, what fools these mortals be" He said, puckishly.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-29 23:59:01.801446+00 by: ebradway

Yet another advantage of living in Boulder. Coleman Natural is a local product (actually in Golden). Good beef is so common that even the local tavern's serve it. Tom's Tavern, offers a happy-hour special of a Coleman Beef burger, fries, salad, beer or soft drink for $6. And if that's not your taste, most places also offer Bison/Buffalo and frequently Elk (and it's Elk-hunting season until the end of the month).

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-30 00:51:05.897013+00 by: Diane Reese

I'm still looking for a good source of ostrich. Tastes reasonably like beef to me and without essentially any of the bad stuff, from what I can tell. Anyone have any suggestions? (Other than raise 'em myself, sorry, no.)

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-30 18:29:47.632273+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Oh dear god, don't raise them yourself. They're violent and stupid and a pain in the butt to keep. If any trash blows into the corral, they'll swallow it and die.