The Porter-O’Fannin approach to livestock shares is a little unconventional. We believe most families have a very specific preference of beef. We separate the cuts during processing to create shares that are more appealing to your family. The shares sell reasonably enough that you may wish to diversify your options by purchasing more than one share type. Obviously, because of the make-up of the shares, the cost per share must vary with share category. This system is a little more work for us but, it provides excellent product and choices for your family to enjoy. Your shares represent a part of a herd group but, does not correspond to any individual animal.
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I was watching one of my favorite cooking shows and she said one of the questions she gets a lot on her blog is how to make the trip to the grocery store faster. I started to think about what we eat on Paleo; fruit, vegetables, meat and nuts. We only shop on the outer sections of the grocery store and statists show this is where all the healthy foods are found. All the junk food and processed foods are in the aisles. I know the stores I shop at the meat and the produce are real close, so one quick run down the baking aisle for almonds and done!
I also wanted to share a few yummy snacks I found:
Pizza can be made on Portobello mushroom caps.
Spaghetti sauce on top of a cooked spaghetti squash or cooked zucchini sticks.
Any protein and vegetable combo can be wrapped in a lettuce leaf to make a wrap.
Plantain slices fried in coconut oil served with guacamole or salsa.
I was out this morning watering the garden when I saw this, so I ran into the house and grabbed my camera! The Bull, Cow and calf all eating at the same time, this does not happen very often.
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Just a little information about grass-fed farm beef.
Ideal at Rare to Medium. Grass fed farm beef cooks 30 percent faster than store-bought beef. When using a meat thermometer remove the beef from the heat when it is ten degrees LOWER than the desired temperature. The beef will continue to cook after you take it off the heat!
Well done meat should be cooked at low heat and slow or cooked slowly in a light sauce that does not mask the natural flavor of the grass-fed farm beef.
All grass-fed beef is low in fat but the VERY lean cuts New York Strip or Sirloin steak will benefit from a light flavored marinade that will not mask the natural flavor of the grass-fed farm beef.
Tenderizing breaks down the connective tissue in the tougher cuts, a JACCARD (hand-held tool with little needles) that allows the rub/marinade to penetrate into the beef.
Thaw the vacuum packed beef in the refrigerator. DO NOT COOK THE BEEF COLD FROM THE REFRIGERATOR. For faster thaw, place the vacuum sealed beef in cold water for a few minutes. Always let it sit in the cold water for no more than 30 minutes.
I have been eating the Paleo way for 2 weeks. I am feeling more alert, less bloated and as of today I am not even that hungry between meals. I did miss carbs, all that white unhealthy stuff we stuff in our face without thinking. I have come to realize that the one food I reach when I am in a hurry or being lazy was always carb related. I use to think it was because I craved carbs, but it seems most prepackaged, easy to grab for foods are carb laden. Now that I am eating healthier I now grab walnuts or almonds, fresh fruit and vegetables. I must come clean about my one non paleo food I have on high stress days………. dark chocolate M&M’s.
I came across this article about dairy and the Paleo diet, so I am sharing the high points.
Did you know we are the animal in the world who drinks milk beyond infancy? Most milk products contain palmitic and myristic fatty acids, substance that elevate blood cholesterol. A lot of people are lactose intolerant and would feel a lot better if they gave up all milk products. But this is easier said than done for people who LOVE milk. My husband loves milk and is intolerant to it, but this does not stop him from drinking it, go figure!
IDEAS FOR DAIRY LOVERS
Raw, fermented. full-fat dairy is probably best if you can not stop eating or drinking dairy.
Raw Butter & Cream: are free of most lactose ( a sugar present in milk ) and casein ( the main protein present in milk and (in coagulated form) in cheese. It is used in processed foods and in adhesives, paints, and other industrial products) I think casein sounds disgusting!
Goats Milk: close as you can get to breast milk, who knew!
Ghee : clarified butter made from the milk of a buffalo or cow, used in Indian cooking. Made from Grass fed cows is the best. Pure animal fat with no lactose or casein. Here is a link for how to make Ghee from butter.
130˚-140˚ for medium rare
145˚-150˚ for medium
155˚-165˚ for well done
It’s a good idea to purchase a good meat thermometer.
Do not over cook, this beef is made for rare to medium rare cooking. If you do not like rare to medium well done beef, marinate at least 1 hour, or better yet overnight before cooking. Cook your grass-fed beef slowly at very low temperatures.
The beef is extremely low in fat, so you should coat with olive oil or a favorite light oil for easy browning.
The JACQUARD MEAT TENDERIZER will tenderize all your meats including grass-fed beef, grain feed beef, poultry, veal, venison, pork and lamb. YouTube has a great video on how to use the Jacquard. If you choose to use a liquid marinade, choose a very simple light flavored recipe so as not to ruin the delicate flavor of the grass-fed beef.
Citrus Fruit Juice – lime, lemon, or orange
Wine – red, white, or rice
Vinegar – often balsamic, red wine vinegar,or rice wine vinegar
Add: coordinating flavor ingredients such as minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, freshly ground black pepper, thyme, or rosemary.
I like to vacuum seal my beef with the marinade then place in refrigerator over night before cooking the next day.
I remember my Mom always cleaning and cooking . She was always busy doing something. I think I am a lot like her, a good thing ! She is what they call now a Stay @ home Mom. When I grew up it was really normal for the Dad to support the family and the Mom to stay @ home and raise the children. When Dad got home, ( I heard that a lot when I was in trouble) he took over to support her in the decisions. One of my many fond memories growing up is the train we had in our hallway. I would load all my dolls, stuffed animals , and sometimes the live animals if they would let me, into the seats. I would crawl into the front car and away we all would go to the next stop on the line. The trips where always different, it always depended on how many times my Mom was interrupted while she mopped the kitchen before she put the chairs back around the kitchen table! I love you Mom & Dad!
The paleo diet is nothing new under the sun. Also know as the hunter-gatherer diet, the paleolithic diet or simply the caveman diet, the paleo diet advocates a return to the eating habits of our ancestors. The paleo diet is based on the logic that for most of human evolution, humans did not have access to the processed food that today make up the bulk of the caloric intake of the modern civilized person. The paleo diet is based on research into modern-day hunter gatherer societies, specifically the work of anthropologist Weston Price, who do not appear to suffer from many of the degenerative diseases that plague modern society.
- If you live in the Dallas/Fortworth area of Texas and are looking to buy 1/4 or 1/2 of a natural pasture grass fed beef, check out this link http://ofannin.com/ofanni_1./HOME.html