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The health benefits of eating grass fed rather than grain fed beef are too numerous to ignore. We decided to raise all natural, grass-fed beef when we began researching what type of beef to feed our own family. Through our research, we discovered how beef is meant to be and also realized what it has become. Most of the beef sold in a grocery store has been raised in a feedlot and finished on grain. If you have not seen a feedlot, trust us, the sight alone will be enough to make you consider a switch to grass fed beef. The cattle are packed into muddy lots like sardines. There is little room for them to walk, let alone run. Because the cattle are in such close quarters, disease and sickness spread quickly, requiring antibiotics more frequently. They are fed grains up until they are butchered, and their intake is often increased far past the healthy amount right before butchering. Beef is now considered one of the most unhealthy proteins because of its high saturated fat content (due to this diet of grains and lack of exercise), and its tendency to contain hormones and antibiotics that ARE harmful to its consumers.

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At Pro B Farms we offer beef that is healthy for the whole family. The increase in omega 3 fatty acids alone in true grass fed beef is enough to make the switch from grain fed to Pro B Farms grass fed.

Here are some beef handling and cooking tips to keep you and your family safe:

Rinsing Beef
It isn't necessary to wash raw beef before cooking it. Any bacteria which might be present on the surface will be destroyed by cooking.

Marinating
Marinate beef in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Boil used marinade before brushing on cooked beef. Discard any uncooked leftover marinade.

Partial Cooking
Try to avoid browning or partially cooking beef to refrigerate and finish cooking later because any bacteria present wouldn't have been destroyed. It is safe however to partially pre-cook beef immediately before transferring it to the hot grill to finish cooking.

Liquid in Package
Many people think the red liquid in packaged fresh beef is blood. However, blood is removed from beef during slaughter and hanging, and only a small amount remains within the muscle tissue. Since beef is about 3/4 water, this natural moisture combined with protein is the source of the liquid in the package.

How cold does my freezer need to be to store beef?
Beef stored constantly at 0 °F or lower will always be safe. Freezing for extended periods prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and food-borne illness. If frozen at peak quality, thawed beef comes out tasting better than beef frozen near the end of their useful life. Storing beef at 0° F or lower will also retain vitamin content, color, flavor, and texture. This is a reason why we feel keeping beef frozen from the butcher to our customers home is vital for superior quality. Our free delivery in our freezers allows us to give our customers safe and healthy beef.

Nutrient Retention:
Freezing beef does not destroy any nutrients. Freezing beef retains the qualities that are in the beef prior to freezing.

Freezer Burn
Freezer burn does not make food unsafe, just dry in spots. It appears as grayish-brown leathery spots and is caused by air coming in contact with the surface of the food. You can cut freezer-burned portions away either before or after cooking the food. Heavily freezer-burned foods may have to be discarded for quality reasons.

Power Outage in Freezer

If there is a power outage, the freezer fails, or if the freezer door has been left open by mistake, the beef may still be safe to use if ice crystals remain. If the freezer has failed and a repairman is on the way, or it appears the power will be on soon, DO NOT open the freezer door. If the freezer door was left ajar and the freezer continued to keep the food cold, the beef should stay safe.

A freezer full of beef will usually keep about 2 days if the door is kept shut; a half-full freezer will last about a day. The freezing compartment in a refrigerator may not keep foods frozen as long. If the freezer is not full, quickly group packages together so they will retain the cold more effectively. Separate beef from other foods so if they begin to thaw, their juices won't drip onto other foods.

When the power is off, you may want to put dry ice, block ice, or bags of ice in the freezer or transfer foods to a friend's freezer until power is restored. Use an appliance thermometer to monitor the temperature.

To determine the safety of foods when the power goes on, check their condition and temperature. If food is partly frozen, still has ice crystals, or is as cold as if it were in a refrigerator (40 °F), it is safe to refreeze or use. It's not necessary to cook raw foods before refreezing.

Safe Defrosting: There are three safe ways to defrost beef:

• Refrigerator: This is the best way to safely thaw out beef. It's best to plan ahead for this slow process: ground beef, stew meat, and steaks may defrost within a day, bone-in parts and whole roasts may take 2 days or longer. Once the raw beef defrosts, it will be safe in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days before cooking. During this time, if you decide not to use the beef, you can safely refreeze it without cooking it first.

Cold Water: To defrost beef in cold water make sure the package is airtight and submerge the beef in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes so it continues to thaw. Small packages of beef may defrost in an hour or less; a 3- to 4-pound roast may take 2 to 3 hours.

• Microwave: When microwave defrosting beef, plan to cook it immediately after thawing because some areas of the food may become warm and begin to cook during microwaving. Holding partially-cooked food is not recommended because any bacteria present wouldn't have been destroyed. (We personally do not recommend the microwave. There are studies that show microwaving foods change the amino acids. Just research and decide what would work best for your family.)

Foods defrosted in the microwave or using the cold water method should be cooked before refreezing because they may have been held at temperatures above 40 °F.

It is safe to cook frozen beef in the oven, on the stove, or grill without defrosting it first; the cooking time may be about 50% longer.

If you feel like you need to make a change in your diet and lifestyle, grass fed beef is one of the best places to start. We would love to provide you with a high-quality product that you can feel good about feeding to your family, contact us and/or drop by our farms. We would love to be your long lasting healthy beef supplier.

 

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