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Old 10-03-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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I just started up on low carb again (round 3!), I think this time around I would like to avoid beef. I have never been a big meat eater but chicken was more of a favorite than beef ever was...bacon was the absolute favorite! I want to find grass fed beef (and be able to afford it) before I start possibly eating it, as most state that supermarket beef is loaded with all sorts of lovely chemicals but also is sub-standard compared to grass fed.
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:02 AM   #2
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Confused - are you trying to find a source for beef or are you trying to avoid it?

You wrote that you want to avoid beef and you want to find grass-fed
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I only eat grass fed beef. It tastes so much better in my opinion. I usually wait until it goes on sale at Whole Foods or Earthfare. We don't have a Trader Joe's where I live, but I always stock up when I am close to one.
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I want to avoid it until I can find a good reasonably priced source of grass fed. If it kills my budget I'll just avoid it though. We do have a Trader Joe's within a reasonable driving distance, I'll check that out. I hear it does taste much better than conventional.

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Confused - are you trying to find a source for beef or are you trying to avoid it?

You wrote that you want to avoid beef and you want to find grass-fed
Oops, reread it, I wrote it wrong, I ment I want to avoid conventional beef.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:41 AM   #6
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I am a picky eater and I struggle to find meats I like. I might suggest lamb instead of beef. I cook boneless leg of lamb in the slow cooker for 10-11 hrs on LOW with wine and tomato. It tastes sooo much better than beef IMO, and is cheaper than many cuts of beef. My costco has lamb for $5.50/ lb.
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I think Jimmy Moore's blog has a list of locally sourced grass fed/pastured meats.

I was surprised that beef prices had not changed with my local supplier of grass fed beef despite that the grocery store stuff went WAY up. In some instances, it was the same price (depending on the cut). A lot of people buy grass fed because they like that it is generally leaner.... not me. I can take advantage of the lower priced/higher fat products.

I am in Canada, and know that things are different here but it might be worth investigating.

I am also a big fan of New Zealand lamb. They do not use any antibiotics and are all pastured (grass fed). A bargain if you like lamb.
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Not a fan of lamb, we had lambs (sheep) on our farm and mom prepaired it quite often, never liked the taste, I LOVED goat meat though! I also noticed the price of beef creeping up in our grocery store, the 6 pack of burgers used to be $5.99 now it is $6.99. I did find a butchers shop right in my hometown that I never knew was here, gonna give it a look see on Monday, going to check out Trader Joe's very soon too. I don't eat beef all that often but one of the main reasons I quit low carb is because I start eating the same things all the time, and want lots of recipes and variety this time around....well that and I never lose weight, but I think my portion sizes are to blame there.
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Becky - since you're located in MA, I can suggest a source in upstate NY that has reduced shipping in New England region. 8 o'clock ranch.

Another source - don't laugh - Craigslist. I think a lot of small-time farmers who are doing it right use the direct sales channel. I have bought twice from Caigslist and been very happy both times.
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Beware that grass fed beef is very lean and cooks differently than grain fed. You must cook it gently, not hot and fast. Add fat, or you won't get enough.
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There is a website called Eatwild (com). It not only is a good resource for local rancher places it has some pretty good information regarding grass fed meats, etc. - Very interesting site even if you can't afford to eat grass fed.
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