Grass Fed Beef Blog
It's Grass-fed Beef Taco Tuesday!
Taco's are great for how easy to make they are. At our house we use them as a fall back often when we don't know what else to have. They are something everyone likes, ( a miracle!) easy, delicious and they can be quite healthy!
Everyone likes theirs different. Some people like them just with beef, beans, and cheese, and other people, (like me) like to see how many veggies you can fit on there.
When you use a piece of a leaf lettuce for the shell, (we like Romaine) you add more nutrients and take away from the carbs and fat compared to using a taco shell or a flour or corn tortilla. That makes it a easy to eat delicious dinner that won't leave you feeling weighed down.
What do grass-fed Cattle eat?
It may seem like a basic question, but the answer is more complex than you would think.
The term "Grass-fed" is inclusive of more than just grass. There are many different types of grass included. That may be ryegrass, bermudagrass, fescue, quackgrass, canary grass, foxtail, and Blue grass.
Some Farmers include legumes in the field as well because they help with nitrogen content in the ground, and the combination of grass and legumes helps reduce the risk of bloat over feeding legumes alone. The legumes also provide additional protein, calcium, and magnesium. Legumes commonly come in the form of grasses such as alfalfa, rye, rapeseed and clover. As opposed to looking like a bean, per se, these varieties will present themself as a flowering grass. It also works to help keep the grass' roots from getting sod-bound, ensuring healthy pastures.
During the winter months, some ranchers supplement with, dry hay, haylage ( grass that is cut and dried and baled in a way to look like hay), molasses, ( the sugar content of molasses can help with energy and making sure the steer eat the hay) and some annuals like oats, triticale and rye. Some farmers also add apple cider vinegar to the feed, as this helps the cattles digestion.
It is always a good idea to check with your Grass-fed rancher to see what their methods are. It is important to remember that grass fed beef are raised for 28 months as opposed to the CAFO standard of 1 year for conventionally fed cattle. The finishing techniques lead to a more marbled meat, that has the fat evenly dispersed through the meat as opposed to the chunks of fat that you find on CAFO fed beef, as well as a lower overall fat content.
Why choose Grass-fed beef?
People don't often think about the fact that what they eat is fed something as well, everything from Fruit and vegetables, to Cows and Fish are all part of the food chain. When animals are free to roam and exercise it produces a much healthier animal with less need for antibiotics and hormones. Depending on the rancher you purchase from, you may not even have to worry about any hormones or antibiotics. Did you know that since the food and conditions are much healthier for the cattle that Grass-fed cattle is virtually devoid of mad cow disease?
Lower in Fat and Calories. There are a several nutritional differences between the meat of Grass fed or pastured and grain fed animals. the first difference is, that over all Grass fed meat is lower in total fat, since it is lower in fat, it will also be lower in calories as well.
Higher in Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids.
Knowing that the grass these animals are allowed to freely roam and eat is an easily renewable resource is good for the environment. Grass does not require harvesting, processing or hauling and is GMO free.