Saturday, March 22, 2008

Humboldt Grass Fed Beef

Nice of the Eureka Reporter to give some of our local grass fed cattle folks a plug. I'm wondering just how true their claims are. One of the guys making a comment on the Reporter's web page says corn and soy are not good food for cows but grass is. Never heard that before.

I'll have to try some of that beef sometime. Too bad Winco doesn't carry it. Can anyone out there tell me what kind of price differences we're talking about in regards local grass fed vs. conventional beef?

Just noticed the other day that Humboldt Grassfed Beef has a web site up.

26 Comments:

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Al said...

The claims are true. Grains are not a good diet for cows, and the resulting meat is not good for us to eat. There has been a lot of research to support this. The Humboldt beef sure sounds good to me.

You're so lucky to live in an area where you can find grass-fed meat all year! Here in Toronto, Canada, our local grass-feeding farmers can only slaughter summer to fall because the grass is dormant the rest of the year, deep under the snow.

The industrial meat industry has convinced the public that the best meat is full of fat (it's the grain feeding that adds the fat). You will need to re-train your taste buds and learn some cooking techniques that are appropriate for low-fat meat. I eat local grass-fed bison and elk which are native to the environment. I cook following the recipes at www.bisonbasics.com

You're also lucky that you have a Libertarian political party to vote for. Twenty years ago almost every riding in Toronto had a Libertarian candidate. Always my voting choice. Now there are hardly any.

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Andrew Bird said...

Soy and corn are not natural foods for beef. Grass is. They started feeding corn to beef back in the '50s when they had to find a use for all the surplus crop. It causes the meat to marble: fat. Grass-fed beef is very lean and it can be dry to the consumer who is used to fatty beef. Humboldt Grass-fed is at the top of the price scale for beef. It's the only beef the Co-op sells, and it's featured at several very upscale markets in the Bay Area. I doubt you will ever find grass-fed beef at Winco.

I don't really eat meat anymore, but I wrote about Humboldt Grass-fed several years ago after the first case of mad cow in the U.S. I believe my story is on their website.

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Close but not spot on Bird. Local grass feed beef is as juicy as it gets. Marbeling is also there if butchered at the right age. Start eating more beef and your clear thinking may return. You've been way left of reality lately.

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger The Boy Most Likely to ... said...

Redwood Meat Company out on Myrtle Ave. If you buy from them, they sell it wholesale. However, they package their meats in larger quantities, so have freezer space if you are shopping for only yourself.

-boy

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Andrew wrote, "I wrote about Humboldt Grass-fed several years ago after the first case of mad cow in the U.S.".

I think I remember reading that story.

Boy wrote, "Redwood Meat Company...If you buy from them, they sell it wholesale.".

I've actually thought of buying meats wholesale for some time. I've even had a few opportunities to get a free freezer over the years. The one thing that really holds me back is I don't want to pay to run a freezer 24/7.

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

If eating lots of steak makes one think like 8:16, it's just another good reason to give up beef.

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Hayduke said...

I get my beef from the Coop, and I don't know if has to do with when it butchered or what, but it is perfectly marbled and excellent. I cannot not imagine eating any other kind. Another example of how blessed we are to live here in this region

 
At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think of organic beef that is actually raised using antibiotics through the early years of life, then sold to "organic" ranchers to complete the beef-raising process?

This may still be happening here now. It was definitely happening as late as 12 years ago.

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with clear,unbiased,learned thinking Carson? Doesn't fit into the double standard life style of you progressives. You said it best. You'd let some words on a blog stop you from eating great, wholesome ,locally produced organic beef.You are ridiculous and in need of some red meat brain power.

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger Bob Flame, Ranger said...

Just finished off one of those Humboldt grass-fed beeves for Easter dinner, less than an hour ago. Tried to convince the kids that it was a happy cow...not anymore they replied, stating the obvious. But a great piece of meat nonetheless, one that even I couldn't screw up on the grill.

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

"...red meat brain power."

An oxymoron to be sure.

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Carol said...

I have gone through periods of my life as a vegetarian. As far as I know one can only get Vitamin B12 from eating red meat, so I will eat steak (like last night) sometimes. This local beef is also sold at Eureka Natural Foods and at Ray's in Fortuna.

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

I think that the Carson Park Reject is trying to say that eating meat is bad for you. But being passive-aggressive about it.

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPR just slid so far over your heads that you didn't even get his wit did you?

I would explain it, but I have to get of the floor first.

It must be lonely being CPR, with possibly 1% of the readers understanding him, and those really aren't sure.

Keep up the good work CPR, some of us get it, even if we are afraid to sign our names.

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred didn't you think the rebuttal to oxymoron was funny?

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger Fred said...

"Fred didn't you think the rebuttal to oxymoron was funny?".

Not sure what you're referring to.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll try again: Just looked it up in the dictionary. Oxymoron n.A figure of speech in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined,as in "a deafening silence." {Gr. oxumoros, pointedly foolish,as in "carson park ranger".}

 
At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, for crisssakes.

"Red meat(Ox) brain power (moron)."

OX (like in cow)y (like in EEEE) moron(like in you people)

At least CPR had the class to not bother explaining it.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

I don't believe your lies 9:15am

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Beef Sup'Herb said...

Grass fed beef is definitely better than grain fed. There are numerous reasons to leave grain fed alone. Some who grass fed finish of with corn. I had beef in my freezer that was finished with corn and it does taste different. It was nothing for me though. I am for grass fed only and even though the cow seems to like eating the corn, its definitely not good for it. I am interested what prices all of you would find fair when it comes to grass fed beef prices. I am soon opening a grass fed meat restaurant and also plan on shipping it out to people. I will also look into jerky. This will be interesting to those that like beef but are not willing to pay the heavy shipping cost grass fed is associated with in most cases.

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ground Beef prices:

90% lean was $2.99 per pound yesterday and that seems to be the usual price.

80% lean is cheaper, but I'm not sure.

I don't know how this compares with Winco.

 
At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:15 you need a little protien and a little less bud. 6:22 funny stuff= lmao

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger Beef Sup'Herb said...

Are we talking about Grass Fed Beef prices? I am just wondering, since metioned winco. Do your really mean Winco Supermarkets?? hm...

 
At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:43 here
those prices are Co-Op Grass Fed prices. I don't buy at winco, so I don't know how the Co-Op compares to the prices at Winco.

 
At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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