New to buying grass-fed meat?

Answered on March 04, 2014
Created March 04, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Hi All,

New to the Paleo lifestyle and probably about 85% Paleo at the time of writing but I'm very conscious that I'm currently not eating grass-fed meat. I've only ever bought meat from a supermarket and I'm very new to whole farm buying scene.

I've found a few local places via this website http://www.primalbritain.co.uk/paleo-directory/

My questions are very Noobish but here goes...

-Does free range always mean Grass fed?

-I have no idea in terms of quantities that I should be buying and I see it can become expensive very quickly. Can anyone offer any tips on KGs to buy? What have your personal experiences been? I'm likely to be mainly buying Chicken, Bacon and Beef initially.

-How long does fresh meat tend to last?


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on March 04, 2014
at 05:59 PM

In Europe it is difficult to find true grass fed animals, a term that strictly speaking refers only to ruminants (chicken and pigs must eat some grains). However, in Scotland there are vast pastures, and sheep and lamb should be even easier to procure (these are typically grass fed everywhere, though not 100% of the time) than steers. I would start looking there, surely there is someone selling off the paddock and shipping frozen meat via truck. When in Japan, I readily found someone who would do it out of Nagoya, not too expensive since he was also selling liver and off cuts.

At home, I always operated with a freezer, in fact I bought my first freezer when I decided to go grass fed. Repeating what samc says, I always bought at least half a cow plus offal, possibly to split with friends, and it has been reasonably cheap (a little less expensive than buying meat at the supermarket). Besides the freezer and the sous vide, buy a good cookbook for these funny new cuts.

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on March 04, 2014
at 05:47 PM

Free range doesn't always mean grass fed, often cows are pastured and eat grass but are finished with grains to fatten them up for slaughter and bigger profits.

I've purchased a lot of grass fed and it can vary wildly in taste/texture. Best bet I've found is to go for the cheapest cuts and learn how to Sous Vide. You can hack a SV machine at home with a crock pot & temp controller for under $100. Then everything including the cheap cuts taste awesome.

I bought a 1/4 cow and it was cheapest, but now that I buy the low cost cuts I can just buy a few pounds at a time and be at the same price as buying in bulk.



on March 04, 2014
at 04:57 PM

The key words I always look for are "100% grass fed" and "organic". Beyond that, you can look up the source yourself and try to find some direct from the source (aka a farm). Good luck...no idea how it is in the UK but I feel like it's better than here in the US

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