One question we often hear is “What does your beef look like?” This is something that’s easier to show than explain, so we have lots of pictures to share.
It’s also important to know that the beef tastes much better than it looks in these photos. We’re not photographers, although we really wish we were sometimes! These photos were taken with an iPhone and the meat came directly out of the freezer so that’s why you may see an icy glaze on the beef packaging.
Now…let’s get started!
Here’s a 1 lb package of our hamburger. As you can tell by the circle logo on the right, it’s USDA inspected and approved.
If you purchase a quarter, half or whole beef from us you’ll receive steaks in a variety of cuts — Filet, Ribeye, Sirloin, Skirt and Strip. Steaks are packaged individually and cut at 3/4-inch thick. The label will tell you the total weight. This Rib Eye is 9.6 oz, or 0.60 lbs.
Next, we have the roasts — Chuck, Arm, Round and Sirloin. This is an Arm Roast and it’s a little over 3 lbs.
Next, there’s the kabob and stew meat. The packages look identical, so we’re only showing a photo of the kabob meat. This is one of our personal favorites because it helps streamline your meal prep time. When you thaw this big chunk of meat, you’ll discover the beef has been cut in pieces and is ready to go for kabobs (or stew).
What’s the secret to a good beef brisket? Cook it low and slow. Everyone at your table will be asking for seconds.
Ribs are another great cut that you get with a quarter, half or whole purchase. Most people are familiar with pork ribs, but have you had beef ribs? Both pork and beef ribs are fall-off-the-bone-good, but it’s important to know that they have entirely different tastes and textures. We think that beef ribs are meatier, but slightly more fatty than pork ribs.
There are also a few one-per-cow parts like the heart, tongue and oxtail. If you’re buying a quarter or half, you’re cow-pooling (that’s a fancy word for “sharing”) with others. Please let us know if you’re interested in these cuts and we will do our best to divide these with those you’re splitting the beef with. If you purchase a whole beef, these are yours (unless you tell us you don’t want them).
Another important fact to keep in mind is that all of our cuts (except hamburger) are double wrapped. This is great for you because it keeps your beef fresher longer. However, the second wrap is sometimes really hard to see. If you don’t take the second wrap off, you’ll be in for a surprise — like the time we put a roast in the crock pot before running out the door to work at 7 AM and forget it was double wrapped. Oops!
This is one of those real life “please don’t try this at home” moments. If you do, you’ll be extremely disappointed and end up ordering pizza like we did.
As always, let us know if you have questions!