Why purchase grass fed beef?
Photo credit: Koallah Farm/Simply Free Range
Earlier this year my family started a challenge with Trish at Little Eco Footprints to Skip the Supermarket. As part of that we changed the way that we shop for food. One of the changes that we have made was to start to buy beef and lamb direct from a local farm. We discovered Koallah FarmGrass Fed Beef and Lamb (now renamed Simply Free Range) and I have to say that from day dot, it was love! I love their meat so much that I convinced them to spend some time here on the blog by advertising in my side-bar. They were lovely enough to agree and to also agree to offer a fabulous package of their meat for a reader to try (if you win the competition, if not go and order some and taste the difference for yourself !) Read on….
I wrote a post a little while back about buying meat from the farm. I assumed it would be expensive but we have not found that to be the case, you can read more about that here. I looked at the cost per meal and found it to be very economical if you plan your meals.
I have learned from cooking and eating grass fed meat:
1. It tastes different (better) and I could not return to buying non grass fed meat again
2. Home delivery adds an element of convenience to my busy life style that I appreciate. I can be cooking it rather than at the butchers trying to navigate the product selection and determine what is a good choice for my family and budget. The meat is vacuumed packed. It stores flat taking up minimal space and lasts for weeks in the fridge.
3. I like to be able to ask questions of those who feed my family. The customer service I have received from Koallah Farm has been outstanding. I can email, questions, telephone or check their web site for information
4. You can use less meat in a meal and still make a satisfying, filling meal for your family (of large eaters – Mr Fresh!)
5. Cooking time is greatly reduced. I find that the meat falls off the bone and is tender well before the expected time to cook the same piece of meat purchased elsewhere
6. How to cook many new cuts of meat. I have tried many new cheaper cuts of meat that I would never have purchased from a butcher. Now I purchase them on a regular basis
Some new recipes I have recently created from cooking with these different cuts of meat include:
Our new found love of meat from the farm led me to investigate the difference between grass and grain fed meat.
I spoke to the owners of Koallah Farm about how they raise the animals and asked what makes grass fed different.
I am a little embarrassed to say that I did ask Steven (one of the owners of Koallah Farm) “Can you tell me what the day in the life of one of your cows is?” I wanted to try to understand what sort of life they led.
Steven very patiently explained to me that the cows are left to be cows – I love it!
The well-being of the animals is monitored but they are not on any sort of time-table. The farming techniques are “old fashioned”. No hormones, antibiotics, feed-lotting or growth program is assigned to the animals. They are free to roam. The calves are left with their mums, not separated to be fattened up. They are fed with farm grown hay as required. They grow at a natural pace. They are not exposed to any stresses and are healthy and happy.
Photo credit: Koallah Farm
Koallah Farm is located on more than 500 acres of land and the animals are stocked at low level as you will see from the picture, they have plenty of space! Even the chooks on the property get the enjoy the lush pastures 🙂 The chooks also produce some of the yellowest yolk lovely eggs I have ever tasted. They give the name free- range an alternate meaning. After trying them I stopped buying eggs from other places as the quality difference astounded me (except from our own eggs since our chooks started laying).
Photo credit: Koallah Farm
In addition to talking directly to the owners of Koallah Farm about their practices I also did some reading.
Here are some more reasons to add grass fed meat to your menu if you have not already.
- The meat has a higher nutritional value than grain fed
- There is a higher level of Vitamins E, C, Omega 3 fatty acids, and less total fat, cholesterol and calories
- Synthetic fertilisers and pesticides are not required to grow the pasture
- Waste from grass fed animals is spread over a vast space and acts as a welcome fertiliser rather than a waste
- Animals have a healthy, natural lifestyle. They are exposed to sun, fresh air, exercise and are less likely to require antibiotics
- Grass is not resource intensive, unlike grain
- Grass fed meat is often local meat – this equates to less food miles and support for your local community farmers
If you have not tried grass fed beef or lamb what are you waiting for?? I could keep raving on here for hours about how impressed I am about the quality of the meat, but you can try it for yourself.
Competition Entry: ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED.
Thank you to everyone who entered for your great entries. The lucky winner will be announced Monday 24/09/12
Win a Premium Beef Pack
The Premium Beef Pack contains a 4 kg selection of the highest grade steaks including: Rib Eye, Eye Fillet and Scotch Fillet. It is valued at $129.00
Please support this local family owned business to continue to produce and supply their high quality products –
“Like” Koallah Farm on Face Book to follow their news and specials if you are based in Melbourne and surrounds.
- Entry is open to Australian residents who live in Melbourne or Geelong (the delivery area of the farm). The winner will liaise with Koallah Farm directly to organise delivery
- Competition is open from 12/09/12 and closes on 20/09/12 at 5 pm
- The winner will be announced on the blog on Monday 24/09/12
Leave a comment below. Tell me your favourite cut of beef and how you like to cook it.
I will choose the top 3 entries and a representative from Koallah Farm will select the winning entry.
Don’t forget to Like Koallah Farm on Facebook to stay up to date with news and specials, or create a free account via their web site to be emailed a regular newsletter
The winner , as announced on 24/09/12 here on the home page- will have 48 hours to respond by providing me with their contact details before a new winner is selected.
*This is a Sponsored Post. Koallah Farm is an advertiser on this site. I purchase products from the Farm on a regular basis at my cost. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by compensation. Please note that Koallah Farm is responsible for prize fulfillment. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase is necessary. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway.
References and further reading:
The Omnivores Dilemma – Michael Pollan, Peguin, New York, 2009
The Conscious Kitchen – Alexandra Zissu, Clarkson Potter, New York, 2010
“Grass Fed Basics” – Jo Robinson 2007 http://eatwild.com
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Good Luck! I am looking forward to reading your entries and getting some new recipe ideas. Don’t forget to come back Monday 24/09/12 to find out who the lucky winner is.
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