Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bulk grass-fed beef available online

Need a cow? Or if that’s overwhelming, half a cow? Or a quarter of a cow, fed naturally on grass.

Marx Foods, an online specialty food company, has added portions of beef shipped directly from the ranch in Eastern Washington where it was raised at Eaton Natural Beef.

“It’s a pretty old tradition to stock a chest freezer full of beef, and we’ve come full circle,” said Justin Marx, president of Marx Foods. “It’s important for people these days to know exactly where their meat comes from and how it was treated. We’re excited to offer the best in beef—in bulk.”

Eaton’s cows are are kept on the ranch to forage on their natural diet. The animals are never treated with hormones or growth-promoting additives. They live natural lives and are not treated with antibiotics or other drugs.

Smaller quantities of New Zealand-raised, Dunedin grass-fed beef is also available. Cut and size options are available in 10- to 40-pound boxes.

A whole beef is approximately 400 pounds of meat, a half 200 and quarter 100. Typically, a mix of 50 percent hamburger, 25 percent roast and 25 percent steak cuts are wrapped in portion size packages, flash frozen and shipped overnight. Stew meat, brisket, ribs and cubed steak are also an option.

Quarter, halves and whole beef are $6.14 per pound. Dunedin beef is available in 10 to 40 pound boxes with a choice of cut and size and will be shipped overnight. Call (866) 588-6279.

Because grass-fed beef is so lean, it’s best for rare or medium-rare cooking. If cooked like conventional beef, it may become tough. For best results, use a meat thermometer and cook to an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit for medium or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare which will generally take about 30 percent less time.


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