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Blog posts tagged 'Grain Finished':


Why I no longer pay attention to labels like “organic”

February 5th by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 1,475 times • 3 min read

It may shock some people, but I no longer pay attention to labels on meat products. For years, I’ve traveled the country meeting with chefs and farmers in search of the world’s best craft meat, and over and over I hear that labels and certifications aren't meaningful or helpful, and can be abused to misrepresent the truth. The “organic” label is a good example. Thanks to the rising popularity of “grass-fed, grass-finished” and “organic” beef,...

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Grass-Finished Versus Grain-Finished

July 18th, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 11,195 times • 3 min read

Close up of grass at Little Shasta Ranch Grass versus grain, or so the story goes. But how do we know the real differences between the two? In the meat industry, using terms like grass-fed, grass-finished, or grain-finished can mean very different things for the beef associated with them. But let's back up for a second because I just wrote "meat industry" as if it's one homogenous beast. It's not. There's a marked difference between the...

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How to Cook Grass-Fed Steak

April 26th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,635 times • 1 min read

Grass-fed, grass-finished beef is absolutely delicious--make no mistake. We’ve known more than a few people who swore they’d never eat anything but grain-finished convert to grass evangelists after trying a well-raised grass-finished steak. At risk of going full beef-nerd on you, I’ll quickly explain: Grain-finished beef is known for marbling and tenderness because grain helps cows gain weight more quickly and reliably, and because grains just...

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Introducing Wolfe Brothers Farm: Raising Angus beef on heritage grains

October 27th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 9,031 times • 2 min read

Kris and Tony Wolfe are the two brothers behind Wolfe Brothers Farms, a grass-fed, grain-finished cattle farm on the border of Pennsylvania and New York. Their pasture-based farming practice is built on a core philosophy: We simply say, 'Do unto others as you’d have them do to you.' It’s exactly the same with dirt and cows. We are blessed as we nurture and care for the land and animals that we are responsible for here on this Earth." - Kris...

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Cottonwood Ranch is producing craft beef (with the help of craft beer)

October 3rd, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,933 times • 1 min read

At Port City Brewing Co. in Alexandria, Virginia, huge amounts of barley are turned into delectable, malty brews each week. But did you know that fermenty, delicious beer isn't the only thing you end up with when you produce beer? The other element that gets produced when you make beer is brewer's mash, or what's sometimes in the industry called "spent grain." (Read: Used up. No good. Waste.) But in recent years, craft breweries have started...

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Grain-Finished Beef Done Right

May 13th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 8,852 times • 2 min read

Our goal at Crowd Cow is to help people find fantastic beef from the very best farms, raising happy cows and producing healthy meat. Within that we think there’s room for a great deal of variety. We work with farms with 100% grass-fed beef, ranches raising genetically pure Wagyu beef, and now we are also introducing farms with cattle raised on the pasture but finished with grain. Ultimately, flavor is a personal preference, and can span a wide...

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