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Guest Blogger and Proprietor at Abundant Kitchen, Becki Melvie, is Back Sharing How to Render Tallow!

Oh, how to find eloquent enough words to describe the slightly repugnant process of rendering tallow? First off, let’s begin with what tallow is. Tallow is the rendered fat that surrounds the kidneys, sometimes referred to as leaf lard, in an animal such as a cow or pig. Once rendered, the fat is very similar to lard in appearance and functionality in the kitchen and has a high smoke point. Which makes tallow an ideal candidate for deep-frying foods, like french fries. In fact, according to Wikipedia, McDonald's used tallow to fry it's world famous french fries until the early 90's when the no-fat fad became the newest obsession. Some people use unrendered tallow as suet or food for birds....

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Banh Mi (Vietnamese Style) Burger Recipe

Banh Mi Burger Recipe *Serves 4Ingredients:  3/4 - 1 lb grass fed beef  1 cup shredded carrots  1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro  2 tablespoons rice vinegar  2 teaspoons sugar  3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt  1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper  Canola oil cooking spray (optional) Jalapeño, sliced (optional) Sauce: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons Tabasco 2 teaspoons tomato paste 1 garlic clove, minced Combine beef, carrots, cilantro, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl and form into four (4-inch) patties. Grill over medium heat or broil, flipping once, until cooked to your liking, about 6 to 8 minutes. Or, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and cook over medium heat, 6 to 8 minutes.Whisk mayonnaise, tabasco, tomato paste and garlic...

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Cheers to Chris S. - another Cow Pool in the books (or freezer)!

Here's what our most recent Cow Pool organizer and long time customer says about the refined Cow Pooling process - "I've been organizing a group Cow Pool with Abby and the GFCC for several years now and was pleasantly surprised how much easier they've made it. Just a few clicks: sign in, easy set up, post the link on Facebook, and watch it fill up. The group likes the discount, I get a little extra for taking on the organization responsibilities and everyone's freezer is once again filled up with the same delicious, healthy, local, grass fed beef we've been getting for years. The beef has always been great and now the Cow Pool process is too!"  To learn more...

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Cattle and Skittles

Being Minnesotans, you might have missed this recent story about our neighboring state where the story starts off being about red skittles but ends up being about cattle feed.  http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/19/health/spilled-skittles-road-trnd/ Here is the Grass Fed Cattle Co's "never" list: Grains  Mature corn silage Any genetically modified organism Animalby-products Fish by-products Candy  Potato products Soy Distillers grains Transparency is something we are proud of!  Know that when you purchase beef from the Grass Fed Cattle Co you are getting honest, clean and delicious 100% grass fed beef.  We are honored to do the hard work of finding the best farmers who raise the cattle right (and according to our protocol) so you don't have to worry about things like skittles being fed to...

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Bacon...

Bacon has been in the news a lot this past week!  Media is warning us that bacon (and pop) will likely kill us.  As always, it is important to understand where your bacon comes from, how it is raised and how it is processed. Here at the Grass Fed Cattle Co we work hard to give you the very best and safest in pastured pork.  Our pork is free of hormones, antibiotics, nitrates and MSG.  These happy pigs spend life outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Dr. Mercola wrote a fascinating article about this way back in 2013. One take away is this - "bacon fat from pastured pigs also comes replete with fat-soluble vitamin D, provided it's bacon from foraging pigs...

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