I just received a box of grassfed beef from a company called Bos Creek. They offer various boxes of different cuts of 100% grassfed and grass finished beef. It arrived just in time for me to defrost some of the steaks to grill for an amazing dinner.
I’ve had many cuts of grassfed steaks from several farmers and suppliers. I have to say that the rib eye and the flat iron steaks that I received from Bos Creek were of the highest quality. Actually, I don’t remember when I had such a tender, delicious steak.
OK OK I know I marinated it and grilled it to perfection, but still. The taste and texture is in the quality of the meat (and fat) and these were simply delicious.
The Benefits of Grassfed Over Grain Fed Meat
Grassfed meat is built on a sustainable model of ecology. In the grassfed model, the cows fertilize the pastures by spreading their manure over a large area. It becomes a natural fertilizer – not a waste management problem with costly complications.
With the rotational pasture grazing method, there is no need for expensive irrigation. This model creates a ranch that is self sustaining, breeding healthier animals and healthier land.
In contrast, industrial grain-based feedlot operations foul the environment, expose cattle to terribly inhumane conditions, requires intensive consumption of fossil fuels and produces high levels of environmental pollutants to grow the pesticide laden grains that are used to fatten up the confined animals.
Furthermore, the diet of grain is genetically modified corn and soy (kept at artificially low prices by government subsidies, I might add). In addition to the high levels of pesticides, the feed may also contain by-product feedstuff which may be composed of stale pastry, chicken feathers and candy.
It’s pathetic what they feed these confined animals.
Sustainable ranching management practices on grassfed ranches help keep cattle, air, land, and water healthy without interventions. When you switch to products from animals raised on pasture, you are improving the welfare of these creatures, helping to end environmental degeneration, helping small ranchers and farmers make a living from the land, supporting sustainable local, rural communities, and giving your family the healthiest possible food.
Due to the proper feeding and lifestyle of grassfed cattle, the beef is much higher in nutrient levels. Beta carotene levels are higher in grass fed beef and that has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Grass fed beef is a good source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is a very healthy fat that protects against many kinds of cancers. Additionally, vitamin E levels are up to four times higher in grass fed beef. Grass fed beef is up to six times higher in Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for heart health and reduce the risk of arthritis, obesity, insulin resistance, allergies and autoimmune diseases.
While omega 3 fats are higher, saturated fats are lower and thus there are about 100 calories less per serving than grain fed beef.
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If you do not want to wait for the giveaway to end you may purchase a box of grassfed beef here. You can order a variety of premium grassfed meat in selected boxes, or you can build our own box of meat.
Use coupon code RFF10 for $10.00 off and free shipping (in their shipping area)!
Note if you do not live in the following states: California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming or Montana, Bos Creek will ask you to pay a small shipping fee when you order from them. (The winner of the giveaway will get free shipping).
Note that I did receive a box of meat from Bos Creek to review and I found the quality to be outstanding. Really.