Farmer Jim's Cooking Essentials
Grass Fed Beef must be cooked completely different than grain fed factory farm beef
Farmer Jim isn't a prize winning chef, nor does he claim to be great in the kitchen. He has learned however to appreciate a tender, lean, flavour-filled, nutritional and perfectly cooked cut of grass fed beef.
To get the most out of your grass fed beef he suggests taking extra care when cooking premium beef from his farm. View some tips for cooking the perfect meal with 100% grass fed beef..
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Very Important Tips for Cooking & Thawing your Grass Fed Beef
I would love to hear from you about your new experiences in eating healthy Grass Fed Beef, Your thawing, cooking, recipes experiences, or any other comments you might have ………….….
“ You are about to have a taste of happiness " by eating my 100% GRASS FED BEEF. Bon Appetite
No meat or poultry should ever be thawed in the oven or at room temperature. There is a greater danger of bacterial growth and food spoilage. Meat should be thawed in the fridge with no packaging. To speed thawing place the meat under a cold tap for about 30 seconds this will loosen the packaging and then remove. Place in a pan and place on the bottom shelf of the fridge. This will keep the other food safe. For quick thawing place in plastic bag and immerse the meat in cold water until it is pliable and then remove.
“ National Center for Home Food Preservation “
COOKING GRASS FED BEEF
1. Your biggest culprit for grass fed beef is overcooking. This beef is best 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.
2. Use a digital 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 over cooked in less than a minute.
3. Reduce the temperature of your grain fed beef recipes by 50 degrees i.e. 275 degrees for roasting or at the lowest heat setting in a crock pot. The cooking time will still be the same or slightly shorter even at the lower temperature. Again use moisture from sauces to add to the tenderness when cooking your roast.
4. Never use a fork to turn your beef. . . precious juices will be lost. Always use tongs.
5. Let the beef sit covered and in a warm place for 8 to 10 minutes after removing from heat to let the juices redistribute.
6. Coat your thawed steak with your favorite rub, place on a solid surface, cover with plastic and pound if it is tough a few times to break down the connective tissue. As an added benefit your favorite rub will be pushed into your grass fed beef. Don't go overboard and flatten your beef unless your recipe calls for it. If you don't have a meat mallet, use a rolling pin or whatever you feel is safe and convenient.
7. 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.
8. Always pre-heat your oven, pan or grill before cooking grass fed beef.
A) Bring your grass fed beef to room temperature before cooking. . do not cook it cold straight from a refrigerator.
Never use a microwave to thaw your grass fed beef. 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.
B) I recommend marinating your beef before cooking especially cuts like NY Strip and Sirloin Steak. Choose a recipe that doesn't mask the delicate flavor of grass fed beef but enhances the moisture content. A favorite marinade using lemon, vinegar, wine, beer or bourbon is a great choice. Some people use their favorite Italian salad dressing. If you choose to use bourbon, beer or vinegar, use slightly less than you would use for grain fed beef. Grass fed beef cooks quicker so the liquor or vinegar won't have as much time to cook off. For safe handling, always marinate in the refrigerator.
C) Stove top cooking is great for any type of steak. . . including grass fed steak. You have more control over the temperature than on the grill. You can use butter in the final minutes when the heat is low to carry the taste of fresh garlic through the meat just like steak chefs.
D) 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.
E) When roasting, sear the beef first to lock in the juices and then place in a pre-heated oven.
F) When preparing hamburgers on the grill, use caramelized onions, olives or roasted peppers to add low fat moisture to the meat while cooking. We add zero fat to our burgers (they are 85% to 90% lean) . . . so some moisture is needed to compensate for the lack of fat. Make sure you do not overcook your burgers . . . 30% less cooking time is required.
A new set of rules required when cooking free range CHICKEN that is pasture raised as well
Free-range pasture chickens are much more like wild birds, in that their weight bearing muscles, their legs, actually bear their weight. They are running around all day building muscle. There's an intensity of flavor in an exercised chicken thigh that is far beyond anything that you have ever had.
One thigh can give large amounts of flavor to a batch of chicken soup. And the breast of free range pasture chicken is a special, sensual flavor and texture experience.That's all assuming you learn to cook chicken with a NEW SET OF RULES!
Free-range pasture meat is lean, and that means that slower cooking times yield better results. Slow and low brings about a sublime roasted free-range pasture chicken, where it would make a conventional one soggy and overdone.
Free-range chicken breasts are so moist and tenderly textured if they are DONE RIGHT! ..(pan fry with butter or oiled BBQ) Hot sear for 2 minutes per side and then in to a 250Foven for 20 Minutes. It doesn’t get any better than this!
Leg and Thighs
I've had consistently awesome results just like this...Season and lay skin side up and uncovered, then just bake at 350F for 2 hours. The skin crisps up so nice and the meat is so tender and delicious!
Many BBQ enthusiasts agree that the very best way to cook free-range chicken is by using a rotisserie.
The chicken that results has crispy skin, moist meat and that trademark smoky flavor. Cooking chicken by rotisserie not only allows the bird to roast slowly but also drains away the extra fat.
Our all time favorite roasting method is also on the BBQ
Beer-can chicken - and although they say you must use beer works beautifully with whatever marinade or liquid you prefer to use! The indirect dry heat on the outside makes a beautiful even crispy skin and the flavorful steam frothing out of the can in the inside of the body cavity make the meat unbelievably moist and succulent. Juices will actually be running out of the breast meat when you slice into it! This also works in your oven.
Remember that doneness also has a lot to do with the size of the bird or the pieces - follow the usual internal temperature guidelines until you figure out the time needed for the amount of meat you are cooking - often it longer than usual chicken recipes, as they assume you are using small conventional fryer size birds
COOKING FRESH HAM
Shannon Hayes the Grassfed gourmet cookbook
Preheat oven 325 degrees F
Bring the Ham to room temperature and place on cutting board flat side down skin side up.
With a sharp knife cut a series of 1” gashes all over the skin cutting down as deep as the meat without piercing the meat in a criss cross pattern. Stuff the Sage & Thyme Rub into these gashes and rub the remainder on any other exposed meat... if the roast does not have any skin then rub the Sage & Thyme Rub all over the roast.
Place in a roasting pan & insert your thermometer and roast until read 145 degrees to 148 degrees internal temperature about 3 hours or 20 to 22 minutes per pound.
Remove the roast from oven and tent with foil for 20 to 30 minutes before serving..temp should rise another 5 to 10 degrees F
Sage & Thyme Pork Rub
This is a terrific blend for slow-cooked pork roast and is best made in the food processor.
¼ cup dried sage
2 tablespoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves