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Does Fresh & Frozen Meat weigh the same?

I think about this often, well most times I am defrosting meat and my husband the farmer tell me that frozen and fresh meat weigh the same. I have always thought that they don’t, to me frozen meat feels heavier even after taking the packaging away. If you buy meat fresh one normally buys freezer bags and puts it away or if you buy meat in thermoform (supermarket packaging) you can normally find a pad at the bottom to soak up any moisture.

I have weighed meat fresh and frozen to discover there is a difference even a minimal one, so if you are buying frozen meat and they weigh it and price it on the frozen product you may find you are paying for the water in the meat. Thus up to 1/3 more can be frozen water and myoglobin, which is the by product of fresh meat that many people mistake for ‘blood’.

There is nothing wrong with purchasing fresh or frozen as most people tend to buy extra to freeze later anyway. There is many different types of packaging and I’ll go into those next blog. If the meat looks green, smells like sulphur then take it back, washing and drying will not rid of this smell, lamb has a stronger smell but should not smell like sulphur.

Remember when taking meat out of any packaging give it a quick rinse under water, or rain water to wash off any plastic products from the wrap when in thermoform. Rub and rinse when taking meat out of cryovac package as meat can absorb the smell and can taste like the packaging leaving the meat not pleasant to eat. Remember to pat dry and do not use if the meat smells off. It does not need you to soak it, do not mix meats and or put it with poultry, this will spread bacteria and can make you sick.

If you can buy meat from your butcher or local farm paddock to plate outlets, they will not only give you the best quality (even if a little more pricey) they can give you good tips on ways to cook and how to freeze and thaw meat. If you buy grass-fed over grain-fed, they will not only smell different they will taste different.

If you have any questions you want answered on any topic meat related please feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to answer. admin@bullysbeef.com.au

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Grass Fed Animals

Grass Fed

Did you know that in Australia the majority of Cattle and Lamb are raised on natural pastures and grasses so it is classified as grass fed or paddock fed and sometimes called free range. All different breeds and seasons can influence the quality of beef and lamb produced on grass.

Livestock grazed on pastures absorb a pigment from the grass called carotene, which can result in fat that has a yellowish tone. This has no effect on the eating quality; however some markets express a preference for a whiter colour. Marbling can be achieved in grass fed cattle, organic cattle , ask a farmer today.

It is said that grass fed meat has a complex flavour due to a varied pastoral diet.

In Australia, at any one point in time, approximately 97% of cattle are located in a grass fed environment.

Grain Fed

Cattle are generally grain fed because the quality of grass at certain times of the year or during poor seasons (such as droughts) is such that it doesn’t contain enough nutrients for the cattle to grow to required weights. In addition, grain feeding cattle increases the red meat industry’s ability to produce a consistent product – yield, quality and supply.

In Australia, at any one point in time, approximately 3% of cattle are being grain fed. To be classified as grain fed cattle need to be fed more than 60 days.

Grain fed beef tends to have brighter white fat, more marbling in meat than grass fed beef resulting in a more buttery flavour.  This marbling is a result of the type of feed cattle receive during their time in the feedlot as well as the breed of cattle being fed.

Taken from the http://www.beefandlamb.com.au

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Is grass fed meat different to grain fed that everyone talks about?

According to Joanna Hay Editor from the Nourished Magazine published back in 2008 http://editor.nourishedmagazine.com.au

http://editor.nourishedmagazine.com.au/articles/health-benefits-of-grass-fed-beef – read the full article here

‘”Grass-fed beef, or beef produced from cattle finished on forage only diets, has been touted as a more nutritious beef product. There are a number of reports that show grass-fed beef products contain elevated concentrations of (Vitamin A,) Beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a more desirable omega-3:omega-6 ratio, and increased levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)”

How do we define “grass-fed?” The cattle are on pasture, not in feed lots eating silage. They are also finished on grass, and do not eat grains at all. We don’t process animals in the winter or early spring, when they are only eating dry grass. Our animals are eating green grass right up to the time of processing. All of our pastures are free from the use of pesticides or other chemical treatments, and completely organic.

Our Angus Cattle and White Dorper lamb meet all the requirements of Standards Australia  with a preference for grass fed animals which are lower in fat and healthier for the consumer.We humanely raise excellent grass / pasture fed Beef and Lamb in the Upper South East of South Australia on our 5000 acre property “Caloundra Station”.Our Cattle and Sheep are free to roam in the pastures eating a mixture of Lucerne, Rye Grass, Clover and Veldt grass. These food stuff’s are naturally occurring and Lucerne being planted by us.

Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. Of all the fats, they are the most heart-friendly. People who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack. Omega-3s are essential for your brain as well. People with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer’s disease

Believe it or not Americans use this on their websites, know what you are ordering, know what your family is eating. Here is Australia many restaurants love using “grainfed for 100 days”. This just means the animals have been placed in a feed lot and fattened up. The meat will taste different to grass fed free roaming animals.

Down load our order form and order today, you will LOVE the difference, healthy for you and your family,

read full article http://www.springhillbeefhamper.com.au/grass-fed-beef