10 Tips For Perfectly Cooked Organic Beef
by Kelly Patey
The word “organic” has become a common one in supermarkets these days – especially when it comes to beef. But have you ever given much thought to the whether there is any difference between how to cook organic beef compared to non-organic beef? It may surprise you to learn that there is in fact quite a difference.
Organic Beef 101
When you are perusing the supermarket in search of the perfect cut of organic beef, it is important to keep a few of these tips in mind:
• You may notice a difference in color between organic and non-organic beef. Don’t be alarmed. This is mainly due to the clean pasture diet of the grass-fed cattle. These cattle munch mainly on grass, hay and alfalfa rather than grain.
• Organic beef has a much lower fat content than non-organic beef. Sometimes it can be hard to see any fat whatsoever! This makes for a much leaner cut of meat and one that is higher in essential fatty acids like Omega 3 as well.
• Organic beef tends to be more expensive than its factory farmed counterpart but it is worth it to spend the few extra dollars. Make sure you budget a little bit extra for your beef and other foods if you plan on cooking and eating organic.
Important Tips for Cooking Organic Beef
Just like there are differences between cooking fish, poultry and pork, there is also a difference between cooking organic and non-organic beef.
Here are some simple tips to remember when you are in the kitchen cooking organic beef:
• Because organic beef is much lower in fat than regular beef, it tends to have a more subtle flavor.
• The low fat content can cause the meat to become tough if it is overcooked. The best way to keep the meat tender and flavorful is to cook it at a low temperature for a longer period of time.
• If you are cooking organic beef on the barbecue, place it over indirect heat rather than directly on a hot grill.
• With a lean cut of organic beef, it is best to only cook it to medium or medium rare. This will prevent the meat from drying out.
• If you prefer your meat well cooked, then opt for cooking methods like slow cookers or pot-roast style meals. These cooking methods will retain the moisture of the meat and make for a great family meal.
• Cooking your beef in a sauce or broth will also help retain moisture.
• Similar to grain-fed beef, marinating beforehand will keep your meat moist and add an abundance of flavor as well. With organic beef, be sure to use a very simple marinade so you don’t risk masking the delicate flavors of the meat.
Selecting and cooking organic beef is a healthy, sustainable choice for any kitchen. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you are well on your way to a deliciously cooked organic meal.
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