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eek-wah
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:35 pm Reply with quote
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Hell_Concave wrote:
what is the best tasting beef in the world? Eek-wah beef which is fed beer and hand massaged by Japanese people!.



It's the only beef my wife will eat! However, I prefer the grass fed, steroid free beef from the farmers co-op near here. The beef has an actual flavor, as do the chickens. There is nothing at the supermarket that even comes close.
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slob-air
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:45 pm Reply with quote
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She'd eat my meat.

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Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:57 pm Reply with quote
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Slob, you've got some great meat there. Yum Yum!!!

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slob-air
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:54 pm Reply with quote
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That's what the ladies say.

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eek-wah
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:58 pm Reply with quote
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No she wouldn't, she only eats extremely LEAN meat.

However, after those sexy shots, I have to admit...I'd eat your meat.
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lilsheeda
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:54 pm Reply with quote
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Gramps raised cattle for family - let em graze all year in natural prairie, with hay on the side. He had a grain finisher he took to his grave, but did not involve corn...probably wheat, barley, and other things he grew. Never had steak or burgers that tasted the same.

Ready to buck it all and start a sausage biz out there...
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Hell_Concave
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:18 pm Reply with quote
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@slob...

I'm not arguing against your claim that grain produces a better quality steak than corn. Actually, I wasn't aware that cattle were fattened with grain. You on the other hand seem to know quite a bit on the subject.

Gramps is a hobbyist farmer. His herd usually runs somewhere between 60 and 120 cows. He feeds them a little corn in addition to the grass. He produces the corn, so it is cheap. As I understand it, he sells the cows in an auction to farmers that feed the cows exclusively grains (corn and maybe other grains) and then sell the cows to meat packers.

Cows love corn. That is for certain. They run to the trough to eat it. Don't know how it could make them sick but it could be possible.

**No doubt that free range chicken and eggs taste stupendously better
**supermarkets use red dye in beef products to make it more appealing
**Buffalo is tasty meat. I also really like Ostrich which is very very low in the bad stuff
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slob-air
Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:50 pm Reply with quote
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It doesn't make them sick. It just makes the meat taste and look not as good.

The only value in corn is fattening them up. Unfortunately, it just adds fat where there's fat and gives it a yellowish tinge.

Cattle that are heavily corn fed do not taste great. And the meat doesn't look good. Corn now and then likely wouldn't
t hurt—its the cattle that are fed primarily corn that are really just kind of nasty (won't kill you though).

Grain also fattens them up. Farmers initially did it here so they'd make it through the winter when the grass is covered in snow. Fortunately for them, grain, mostly barley, fattens them up differently. It not only adds to existing fat stores, it contributes to overall growth and it also increases the marbling in the meat which makes the meat more tender and more flavorful.

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beaubrennan
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:42 am Reply with quote
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It CAN make them sick or even kill them...

from: http://www.johnrobbins.info/blog/grass-fed-beef/

"Cows, sheep, and other grazing animals are endowed with the ability to convert grasses, which those of us who possess only one stomach cannot digest, into food that we can digest. They can do this because they are ruminants, which is to say that they possess a rumen, a 45 or so gallon (in the case of cows) fermentation tank in which resident bacteria convert cellulose into protein and fats.

Switching a cow from grass to grain is so disturbing to the animal’s digestive system that it can kill the animal if not done gradually and if the animal is not continually fed antibiotics. These animals are designed to forage, but we make them eat grain, primarily corn, in order to make them as fat as possible as fast as possible."

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jacbli76
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:23 am Reply with quote
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eat this:



http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/29/grass.grain.beef.cookinglight/index.html
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