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Grass Fed Meat

Grass fed meat usually costs more than grain fed beef, but there is also a variety of reasons to pay the higher price.  Grass fed refers to meat that has been raised more naturally, usually free grazing in a field where the cows are able to eat healthy, natural grass.  This also means healthier beef that is free from any of the preservatives or toxins that are found in most mass produced grains.  Healthier beef results in a healthier meal for you, and that’s a positive for anyone.

One of the main considerations for grass fed meat, is that cows are usually treated more humanely during their life cycle.  Grass fed cows are able to graze in their natural environment, whereas grain fed cows are usually confined to small spaces for the whole of their lives, with only a trough of grain to eat.  If that’s not enough to sway you to encourage grass fed livestock, how about quality?

More often than not, grass fed meat is much healthier than grain fed.  On average, grass fed beef will contain beyond twice as many healthy Omega-3s as livestock raised on grain.  Livestock that have been allowed to graze also have lower fat contents.  That’s very important, as red meat tends to be bad for the body because of high fat and cholesterol content.  Whatever you can do to trim that fat content will be better for your heart, and your body’s longevity.  Even considering the most important factor, taste, nine times out of ten grass fed meat will win out.

Usually your best option for the freshest, and highest quality grass fed meat, is to buy locally.  Local fresh and never frozen meat should be your target, for the best taste you can get.  Try talking to your local butcher, or someone in the meat section of your local supermarket.  Find out what they offer in terms of grass fed meat.  A farmer’s market is also a good place to go to if you want to keep the cost as low as possible.  The problem with local organic grass fed beef is that the price is heavily marked up.  You’ll get the best quality cuts, but it’s going to cost you.

But there are still other, cheaper options available to you.  In checking with your local butcher, try and find out if there are any local cooperative groups available.  A cooperative meat purchasing group consists of several people that pool their money, in order to buy an entire cow.  This usually results in a lot of quality organic grass fed meat, at a cheaper price than purchasing each cut separately.  By purchasing in bulk, you avoid the high mark up of individual cuts, and usually can make a deal with the butcher to receive the same cuts for a smaller fee.

But also be prepared to make a few exceptions, based upon your finances.  Some farmers offer grass/grain fed combination cows.  These are cheaper than just grass fed meat, and also offer a higher quality than grain fed beef.  You’ll get the best of both worlds, at a cheaper price.

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