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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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Eating Out

I get asked alot what do I eat when I am going out? Do I go the red meat or white meat options? I must admit it depends on where we are going and what the event is. The farmer will often go the “fishermans basket” he likes the battered or crumbed piece of fish, prawn cutlets, calamari or squid ring and crab sticks. I always wonder how they make crab sticks because everyone knows crab is a round crustacean so how and where do they get the meat from when the crab has been shelled. It is supposed to be compressed meat from the legs – but how does one actually know? I wonder if we asked would the waiters know? I’ll have to test this theory next time.

Fishermans basket

I can look at a menu, read it and still make a meat choice, even in multicultural restaurants I’ll go the meat dish, with the pepper sauce. I should learn to make a nice pepper sauce and when I order steak, I am highly disappointed in the quality unless I know it’s Organic or grass-fed, it really does have a different taste.

I used to head towards well done, but now I can tolerate a medium well as most places don’t know how to cook well done without making the meat (no matter what the cut) tough and hard to chew. once this happens no one has a nice meal.

I cook a lot at home we are a 100km or 63 miles from eating out. we live in a country town where there is no such thing as golden arches, king crowns or other various ‘take away’ places. We do however have a great bakery Keith bakery , a diner that does great Australian Cuisine & fantastic Pizza¬† Double A Diner which is up for sale if anyone is looking for a country change and one of the best cafes in the Limestone Coast Henry & Rose an award winning cafe or pub Keith Hotel Motel is also great for meals. Head over ‘like’ their pages and ours Bullys beef & Other Meats.

When we do eat out I take the time to enjoy it as the one big bonus is I’m not the chef.

Eat Grass Fed Meats

As suppliers of Grass-fed certified meats we love being asked what we do and how to get our meat. We have also teamed up with an accredited paddock fed meat bird company Little Greenbush Poultry They have space for their birds and are a start up business who have identifed a spot in the food chain.

These birds have space to roam and grow, like our cattle and sheep, they grow at their own pace and not held in cages to all be the same size. Consistency is for the supermarkets, Little Greenbush birds are exceptional and when I bought and ate my first one, like red meat I didn’t quite know what the taste was. It hit me later, it was the actual taste of real chicken, like from my child hood. This was a business we would like to be associated with.

Bullys Beef & Other Meats now helps promote and sell the chickens, with views of getting our lamb and chooks into our local markets and retail outlets in Adelaide, South Australia We would love you all to jump over and like our face book pages and email us for your home delivery Order form. At this stage we can only deliver into Adelaide South Australia but we are planning to grow.

We talk about our farming, share ideas on the health benefits of grass fed / paddock fed, hormone free and anti-biotic free meat raised for human consumption under the best of conditions and as close to the natural conditions animals deserve and should have. This is some of the chickens look at the fact there is no cages here.

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Sorry for Adelaide people only (in South Australia) feel free to email me admin@bullysbeef.com.au we will send you an Order form and happily add you to our list.

“Go beyond organic by asking for 100% grass-fed. Don’t get sidetracked by the confusing array of labeling terms like natural” or “pasture-raised.” Labeling laws allow products to display these terms even if lambs spend little or no time outdoors in a pasture setting. Unfortunately, even the term “grass-fed” is not sufficient since grass-fed lambs may have spent a relatively small amount of time grass feeding. The standard to look for on the label is “100% grass-fed.” Talk to your grocer or the lamb farmer and find out how the animals were actually raised. In addition, if you would like more information about the practice of grass-feeding” http://www.whfoods.com