Tuesday, April 29, 2008

100% Grass-Fed Beef Available by the Whole Cow

A whole cow can be all yours. A very healthy whole cow, that is. Or if that’s overwhelming, half and quarter beef are available too.

Marx Foods, an online specialty food company, is pleased to offer all natural, free-range, grass-fed beef in volume. For the first time, consumers can buy whole beeves (as they are called on the ranch) or portions of beef shipped directly from the ranch in Eastern Washington where it was raised.

The quality can be tasted in grass-fed beef. Marx Foods’ whole beef is shipped directly from Eaton Natural Beef, a family ranch in eastern Washington.

“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 not sent to feedlots to be fattened on supplements; rather they are kept at home, 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. Healthy, happy cows produce lean meat with an incredible flavor.

Smaller quantities of New Zealand-raised, Dunedin grass-fed beef is also available. Cut and size options are available in 10 to 40 lb. boxes. Only the top 15% in terms of marbling fall under the Dunedin brand and the beef is wet-aged to maximize tenderness. New Zealand Dunedin beef exceeds the most progressive consumer standards of animal husbandry, and is fully traceable from pasture to plate.

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% less time. When cooked correctly, the meat will be tender and delicious.

A major benefit of pasture-raised animals is a more nutritious product. Compared to feedlot meat, grass-fed beef has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and calories. It’s also full of vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C and a number of health-promoting fats including omega-3 fatty acids and CLA.

Marx went on to say, “Eating grass-fed meat products improves animal welfare, the environment, is a healthier option and it tastes better! It’s a win-win situation. Plus you’ll have plenty of meat on hand for BBQ season through the holidays.”

A whole beef is approximately 400 lb. of meat, a half 200 lb. and quarter 100 lb. Typically, a mix of 50% hamburger, 25% roast and 25% steak cuts are wrapped in portion size packages, flash frozen and shipped overnight. Stew meat, brisket, ribs and cubed steak are also an option and can be requested by calling Marx Foods directly at (866) 588-MARX (6279). Quarter, halves and whole beef are $6.14 per lb.

Dunedin beef is available in 10 to 40 pound boxes with a choice of cut and size and will be shipped overnight. Juicy, tender and well marbled, this steak and tenderloin will outshine traditional corn-fed beef.

If you have a large family to feed, are having a party, or just want to be well-stocked on delicious meat, this is a cost-effective way to purchase free-range grass-fed beef.

MarxFoods.com, headquartered in Seattle, Wash. is an online specialty food company dedicated to bringing the highest quality epicurean products directly to the consumer’s doorstep. For a decade, it has been selling to white tablecloth restaurants nationwide. Items now available to consumers include a variety of truffles, wild produce, game meat, grass-fed beef, seafood, sea vegetables, oils and filled pastas. To ensure freshness, most products are shipped via Federal Express overnight.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, special requests are welcome by calling (866) 588-MARX.

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