“Everyone loves a good steak, but what exactly are the best cuts? Do you know which part of the beef your favorite cut comes from? Grilling the perfect steak starts with knowing the quality cuts and ends with grilling on a quality steak grill. The types and names of beef cuts vary – not only between countries, but sometimes even between butchers. Otto’s steak chart presents 12 cuts of beef everyone should know."
If you have storage space and the funds to purchase upfront, buying meat in bulk (often in the form of livestock ”shares”) can be a rewarding, cost-effective way to buy from a farmer or rancher you trust. It allows you to try cuts you might not otherwise get, and saves you a bunch of trips to the butcher. But, it does require a little planning.
It can be intimidating for customers the first time they cook a cut of meat they aren’t familiar with. Our A Quick Guide to Cooking Methods graphic will help guide customers when selecting the appropriate cooking method for each cut of meat, no matter the species. Images below will give you an idea for the depth and breadth of this toolkit.
Adapted from Good Meat Project.
This quick graphic Which Share Is Right For Me will help you think about the appropriate size CSA or bulk share for your household. It contains approximate sizes for beef, lamb and goat shares.
Our Good Meat Guide to Bulk Buying Beef Toolkit will help you navigate the sometimes confusing ins and outs of buying a whole cow or a share. This toolkit includes simply designed graphics that cover the following topics: common cuts and average amounts of each cut, carcass weight vs. edible meat yield, and freezer space. It also offers a “How Do I Cook All of This? ” cheat sheet and points people to the “Cook It” section of this website, where you can learn about how to prepare the cuts you brought home.
Adapted from Good Meat Project.
Planning for large quantities of meat can indeed be challenging, but understanding the capacity of your freezer can help alleviate some of that stress. The rule of thumb is: 1 cubic foot of freezer space for every 35 – 40 pounds of packaged meat. Here's a quick guide to estimating how many pounds of meat your freezer can hold:
We live in a society which is quite literally OBSESSED with the word halal, and with associating that word with meat alone. There’s a lot of emphasis placed on eating Halal but there is far less emphasis on whether meat is Tayyib, which is just as important and deeply rooted in Islamic principles. But what about Tayyib?
The word tayyib is from taa-ya-ba (ط ي ب) and it literally means to be good, pleasant, agreeable, lawful. The word ‘tayyib’ itself means to be good, clean, wholesome, gentle, excellent, fair and lawful. From these meanings we get the general meaning for tayyib of anything that is good and pure. So, with that in mind, halal ensures the animal is slaughtered in the correct way and is permissible for us to eat, while Tayyib ensures the food we eat is healthy, nutritious and good for us. It is important to know that the animals we consume are healthy, free of disease, hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals at the time of slaughter. In fact, even during slaughter, we as Muslims are not allowed to inflict unnecessary pain on the animal and the animal should be slaughtered away from the sight and hearing of the other animals.
How important is it that we focus on tayyib meat? Allah says in the Quran:
"يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُواْ مِمَّا فِي الأَرْضِ حَلاَلاً طَيِّباً وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ"
"O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, Halal and Tayyib and do not follow the footsteps of the evil one, for he is to you an avowed enemy." (Surat al-Baqarah aya 168 // 2:168)
“Oh, you people, eat from the earth what is halal and tayyib, and follow not the footsteps of the Shaytan …” (Surat al-Baqarah 2:168
The Prophet Muhammad pbuh was a Flexitarian he prohibited eating meat every day. It was noted that sometimes smoke would not be seen from the Prophet's house for a period of two lunar cycles at a time, when asked what he was eating instead of meat he would say Dates and Water.
Islam does not ban the consumption of meat, but the Prophet pbuh said it was “food of the Kings”, which implies meat consumption should be treated as a luxury and not the main part of a dish. Also Islam does not require you to eat meat. One of the Sahaba chose not to eat meat for personal reasons which the Prophet pbuh accepted. But you should not give up meat as part of ibadah nor is it a requirement to eat meat to become a Muslim.(2)
Birds on pasture = better meat The majority of chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese that are raised for meat are kept inside in confined conditions and eat a diet consisting primarily of grain. Birds raised outdoors on pasture eat green plants, insects, and small animals, in addition to being fed grit and grain. They are exposed to sunshine and are able to forage, run, jump and peck. This results in healthier animals … and more nutritious food for people as well.
Studies show the nutritional value of meat from pastured poultry that consume grass and forage is higher than meat from conventionally-raised birds.
Sheep and goats are designed to eat plants. However, the animals are sometimes raised in confined conditions and fed a diet high in grain for part or most of their lives. Sheep and goats that are raised outdoors on range or pasture instead of in confinement are able to eat plants and exercise freely. This results in healthier animals... and more nutritious for people as well.
Studies show the nutritional value of meat and dairy from sheep and goats is higher when the animals consume grass and forage instead of grain.
Compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is lower in calories and fat, yet much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids (even as much as wild salmon) and has a healthy ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids (a big problem with supermarket meat). It is also much higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), proven to build muscle, reduce body fat, and induce an optimum cellular environment for improved health.
Grass-fed beef also gives you more vitamins, including three to six times more Vitamin E than grain-fed beef and a number of antioxidants including lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotein. Moooove over grain fed, Grass-fed beef has 500 percent more of the essential fatty acid Conjugated Linoleic Acid than grain finished beef. In animal studies, CLA has proven to be an anti-carcinogenic in that it not only reduces the likelihood of cancer, it actually suppresses the growth of cancer cells.
Grass Fed Beef is also celebrated for:
"Consumers have been led to believe that meat is meat is meat. In other words, no matter what an animal is fed, the nutritional value of its products remains the same. This is not true. An animal’s diet can have a profound influence on the nutrient content of its products." -"Why Grass-Fed is Best!” Author Jo Johnsonr: Jo Johnson
Meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals are ideal for your health. Compared with commercial products, they offer you more “good” fats, and fewer “bad” fats. They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs.
Cooking grass-fed meats is of utmost importance. The vast majority of people who are relatively new to it do not cook them properly. Overcooking grass-fed meats (even just a little) can turn the finest steak into shoe leather.
“Grass Fed” is a term used frequently in the marketing of meat, but what does it mean exactly? In short, not much. All cattle are grass fed for the first part of their lives. Cows are ruminants (as are sheep and goats), which is to say that they have a four-chambered stomach specifically designed to digest grass and grass and nothing but the grass.
Before making your first bulk order, it's important to understand the different weight measures and how they affect the overall cost of your order. First time buyers who don't already understand the weight measures often find themselves surprised that the weight of the meat they bring home (boxed weight) is different than the weight of the animal before butchering (live weight) and during dry-aging (hanging weight). We recommend you familiarize yourself with the following info and be sure to ask any questions you have before purchasing to avoid any confusion. Here is a breakdown.
Thinking about buying a side of beef but don’t know where to start? The guide below explains what you’re getting yourself into when you order a whole, half, quarter or eighth beef package. For an explanation of live weight, hanging weight and boxed weight, check out Know Your Weights.
The Prophet Muhammad pbuh was a Flexitarian he prohibited eating meat every day. It was noted that sometimes smoke would not be seen from the Prophet's house for a period of two lunar cycles at a time, when asked what he was eating instead of meat he would say Dates and Water
There are so many reasons why we need to opt out of the current abusive factory farming system. We really need to know where our food comes from because we are what we eat! The same goes for the animals we eat. We should not only be concerned about what we eat, but what our food eats as well. Whether it’s grass-fed beef or organic pasture-raised chicken, you deserve to feel good about the meat you’re buying. Allah (SWT) commands us to eat food that is Halal (lawful) and Tayyib (wholesome, pure, and good) for us!
Halal (/həˈlɑːl/; Arabic: حلال, ḥalāl) is an Arabic word that translates to 'permissible' in English. In the Quran, the term halal is contrasted with the term haram ('forbidden').
Islam generally considers every food halal unless it is specifically prohibited in hadith or the Qur'an. Specifically, halal foods are those that are:
USDA, GADA ARE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS THAT REGULATE THE SLAUGHTERING AND BUTCHERING OF MEAT. WE UTILIZE EACH TO SERVE DIFFERENT PURPOSES: GADA FOR PRE-SOLD BEEF SHARES; USDA FOR FARMERS MARKETS AND OUT OF STATE ORDERS.