Is my grass fed beef supposed to have a lot of fat around it?

Commented on June 06, 2015
Created March 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I recently switched to grass/free range meat and bought grass fed meat from a local farm here in South Florida. What im wondering is if their animals are actually grass fed? I know that none of us can know unless we are there (or believe their word) but for example. I was cooking pork chops and it was mainly fat around it. Is this normal? Ive noticed that their meats have more fat around it and is making me question whether these animals were actually grass fed? Help!

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on April 23, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Your pork is definitely not "grass fed", as pigs do not (or should not) solely eat grass. "Pastured pork" means the animal should have had more than ample room to scurry about finding food on its own, rooting around, etc.

"Grass fed" is a term that you want to see applied to meats from ruminants, such as cows, bison, lamb, etc.



on March 26, 2013
at 05:34 PM

It depends on how the processor/butcher prepared it. They might just leave more fat around the steak/chop than usual. I think grassfed/pastured meat can have significant subcutaneous fat, but in general it seems to have low intramuscular fat (marbling).



on April 23, 2013
at 08:34 PM

Yes, I am willing to bet you will find more fat on pork on a properly raised pig than you would with an industrially farmed pig. The pork industry has been trying to be the 'the other white meat' for years and they have been breeding the pigs to be leaner. I have even heard they like to feed rapamycin to pigs, which supposedly further contributes to leaner pigs.

Your question says beef, but in the body of your text you mention pork. Could you clarify so we know if we are answering your real question?



on June 06, 2015
at 11:33 PM

In traditionally raised pigs, the breed dictates the amount of fat.  Durocs, for example, have less fat than Berkshires or Manzalitas. 



on March 26, 2013
at 06:34 PM

Read this article to dispel any myths about fat on a grass fed animal. Bison in this case, but the same applied to cows.


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