We all know Mother Nature never intended for cows to eat corn. Cows were meant to graze on fresh, green grass, not to live in feedlots. The nutritional profile of grass-fed beef can be dramatically different than that of grain-fed beef, and of course it’s the grain-fed meats that dominate our grocery store meat departments. So if your supermarket doesn’t carry it, where should you look for grass-fed beef?
Tropical Traditions is a company that sells grass-fed beef, among other products, and will ship it to you packed in dry ice to keep it cool. They shipped me 6 lbs of grass-fed ground beef for free, in exchange for my honest review of their product.
If you’ve never had grass-fed beef before, you don’t know what you’re missing! I think cows have been fed grain for so long now that many of us have forgotten what beef used to taste like. But this is it! I was very impressed with the beef Tropical Traditions sent me, because it tastes like beef used to taste back when I was a kid. I made hamburgers for my family with their beef, and got compliments all around. My husband, and even a couple of my older kids, ate 2 burgers each! This was some of the best ground beef I’ve had in a while. It tasted wonderful!
Hubby is the self-proclaimed grill expert in the family, and he liked the product because it was very lean and yet had enough fat to stick together so the burgers weren’t crumbly. I read somewhere that you can add a spoonful of coconut oil to ground beef when you cook it if there’s not enough fat present to cook the way you like it, but we didn’t need to go to such lengths; this meat was perfect the way it was.
For the past few years, I’ve been buying my beef from local farmers, sometimes a few pounds at a time but more often by the half or whole cow. I’ve gotten to know the handful of farmers I deal with fairly well and I know the beef I buy is grass-fed, without chemicals or hormones used, and from small family farms near where I live. So this isn’t my first experience with grass-fed beef, but I have to say the Tropical Traditions beef was very close to the top of the list in taste and quality. I was very impressed.
First and foremost, I advocate buying from local farmers. It’s a bit cheaper than buying online, it reduces the carbon footprint from all that packing and shipping, and it also supports local folks in your own community and is really the best way to build a network of healthy food-producers in your own area. If you don’t live in an area where this is possible, or you just prefer the convenience of shopping online and having your meat delivered, Tropical Traditions may be for you. Isn’t it amazing that we live in a day and age where you can shop for perishable things like meat from your computer?
I’ve tried their product, and I highly recommend Tropical Traditions. They are wonderful to deal with, they have fast shipping and packaging that keeps the meat cold until it gets to your door, and their healthy grass-fed meats taste fantastic!
If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.
Article by Jennifer Needham
Jennifer is a homeschooling mom to five kids, and works from home as a Nutrition Educator. She's currently a grad student earning a masters degree in Nutrition. View her website, full of free lesson plans to teach children about nutrition and health, at Nutrition For Healthy Kids.
Jennifer has written 15 awesome articles for Natural Family Today.
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