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  • DavidNorcross
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    Looks fantastic. I am one of those who think that grass fed is tough. What was the tenderness like on this in comparison?

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  • ofelles
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    I don't think I have ever been disappointed with anything from D’Artagnan.

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  • Mosca
    started a topic Report: D’Artagnan grass fed Australian beef

    Report: D’Artagnan grass fed Australian beef

    There was some discussion generated when I first posted the deal from D’Artagnan. Well, the product arrived today, and it looked pretty doggone good, so I decided to cook one up for lunch and make a report!

    The deal was... I don’t remember. Shipping was delayed a couple times because of the weather. But I remember it came out to less than $20/lb including shipping, which is good for premium product. Four each filets, ribeyes, and strips. Product arrived frozen and in good condition. The packaging is really nice.

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    I picked a strip, I love strip steaks! These are lean, but not unreasonably so. The color is dark red, much darker than a typical American steak. Australian grass fed cattle are harvested much later than American cattle; US cattle are slaughtered at about 1 year, in Australia it’s 5+ years.

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    The strips are pretty thick, about 1 1/2”. I decided to sear first, then put it into a 250* oven until it hit 125-130. I pulled at 127* and basted it with butter.


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    On the plate. The side is cheesy mashed potatoes.

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    The verdict: INTENSE. EXTREME.

    This is absolutely the BEEFIEST steak I can remember. It’s like the flavor of two steaks in one. It’s mineral-y, iron-y, and packed to the hilt with umami. The texture is chewier than prime, but not tough at all; in fact, with every bite EXPLODING with beefiness, the extra time between the teeth is actually a good thing.

    I’ve had grass fed beef that has matched what others have described: tough, chewy, watery, flavorless. This ain’t that. If the deal comes around again, and you have the wherewithal, spring for it. You will not be disappointed. I’ll let the crowd know if I get the email.

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