Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to cook grass fed beef?

As​ ​you​ ​may​ ​know,​ ​the​ ​fat​ ​in​ ​grass​ ​fed​ ​beef​ ​is​ ​less​ ​saturated​ ​than​ ​the​ ​fat​ ​in conventional​ ​beef​ ​(It​ ​is​ ​also​ ​much​ ​higher​ ​in​ ​Omega​ ​3​ ​fatty​ ​acids).​ ​That​ ​means​ ​that this​ ​fat​ ​will​ ​liquefy​ ​at​ ​a​ ​lower​ ​temperature​ ​so​ ​grass​ ​fed​ ​beef​ ​will​ ​cook​ ​faster​ ​than what​ ​you​ ​may​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​with​ ​conventional​ ​beef.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​best​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​rule​ ​of​ ​25’s:​ ​25 degrees​ ​less​ ​heat​ ​and​ ​25%​ ​less​ ​time.​ ​That​ ​will​ ​help​ ​you​ ​consistently​ ​have​ ​a​ ​great eating​ ​experience.

Are your cattle finished all on grass?

Yes,​ ​our​ ​cattle​ ​graze​ ​on​ ​native​ ​range​ ​and​ ​irrigated​ ​pasture​ ​all​ ​year.​ ​We​ ​manage our​ ​pastures​ ​and​ ​cattle​ ​supplies​ ​so​ ​they​ ​finish​ ​out​ ​on​ ​pasture.​ ​Our​ ​cattle​ ​never receive​ ​grains​ ​or​ ​concentrated​ ​feeds.​ ​Nor​ ​do​ ​they​ ​receive​ ​any​ ​hormones​ ​or antibiotics.

Do you have meat available all year?

Yes,​ ​we​ ​manage​ ​our​ ​pasture​ ​and​ ​our​ ​cattle​ ​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​harvest​ ​cattle​ ​all​ ​year.​ ​We do​ ​sell​ ​out​ ​from​ ​time​ ​to​ ​time,​ ​but​ ​that​ ​is​ ​always​ ​temporary.

What breeds of cattle do you use?

Our​ ​cattle​ ​are​ ​predominantly​ ​Angus​ ​and​ ​Angus​ ​Cross-Bred.​ ​We​ ​use​ ​what​ ​are referred​ ​to​ ​as​ ​English​ ​Breeds.​ ​These​ ​are​ ​breeds​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​many​ ​years ago,​ ​and​ ​they​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​little​ ​smaller​ ​and​ ​fatten​ ​easier​ ​than​ ​other​ ​breeds.​ ​We​ ​use them​ ​because​ ​they​ ​fatten​ ​out​ ​better​ ​on​ ​grass​ ​than​ ​more​ ​exotic​ ​or​ ​“Continental Breeds”​ ​that​ ​are​ ​larger​ ​and​ ​leaner.

How do you slaughter your cattle? Is it Humane?

We harvest (we prefer that term) at a USDA inspected facility. It is a small plant in Merced, CA that harvests a few head at a time so our cattle can easily be kept separate from other cattle that are not grass fed. This facility complies with all regulations from the USDA for humane slaughter, and takes special care to treat animals with respect and care.

What are the nutritional benefits of grass-fed vs. conventional?

Grass-fed​ ​beef​ ​is​ ​generally​ ​a​ ​healthier​ ​options​ ​for​ ​the​ ​following​ ​reasons:

  • 6​ ​oz​ ​of​ ​GFB​ ​has​ ​about​ ​100​ ​fewer​ ​calories​ ​than​ ​6​ ​oz​ ​of​ ​conventionally​ ​raised beef.
  • GFB​ ​is​ ​lower​ ​in​ ​“bad​ ​fat”​ ​like​ ​saturated​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​fats.
  • GFB​ ​is​ ​higher​ ​in​ ​Omega-3​ ​fatty​ ​acids​ ​which​ ​have​ ​been​ ​linked​ ​to​ ​decreased
    risk​ ​of​ ​heart​ ​attack,​ ​Alzheimer’s​ ​disease​ ​and​ ​depression.

How do you ship your beef?

We​ ​ship​ ​our​ ​beef​ ​frozen​ ​and​ ​packed​ ​in​ ​insulated​ ​containers​ ​via​ ​personal​ ​delivery or​ ​overnight​ ​courier.​ ​Beef​ ​can​ ​stay​ ​frozen​ ​in​ ​these​ ​containers​ ​for​ ​24​ ​hours​ ​so​ ​don’t worry​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​not​ ​home​ ​for​ ​delivery.

How long is your beef good in the freezer?

As​ ​long​ ​as​ ​the​ ​packaging​ ​remains​ ​intact,​ ​beef​ ​can​ ​safely​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​the​ ​freezer​ ​for over​ ​a​ ​year​ ​or​ ​more.​ ​For​ ​the​ ​best​ ​eating​ ​experience,​ ​we​ ​recommend​ ​that​ ​you eat​ ​your beef​ ​within​ ​6​ ​months.

Can we come visit your ranch?

Yes​ ​you​ ​can!​ ​Although​ ​we​ ​aren’t​ ​set​ ​up​ ​for​ ​formal​ ​tours​ ​if​ ​you​ ​wish​ ​we​ ​could​ ​set up​ ​a​ ​time​ ​and​ ​day​ ​for​ ​you​ ​to​ ​come​ ​see​ ​us​ ​at​ ​one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​ranches.​ ​As​ ​long​ ​as​ ​you​ ​don’t mind​ ​bouncing​ ​around​ ​on​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​an​ ​ATV​ ​we​ ​will​ ​gladly​ ​show​ ​you​ ​what​ ​we​ ​do. You can also visit our online tours here.

Can we pick up beef instead of shipping it?

Yes,​ ​you​ ​can!​ ​Although​ ​we​ ​don’t​ ​have​ ​a​ ​traditional​ ​brick​ ​and​ ​mortar​ ​store,​ ​if​ ​you give​ ​us​ ​at​ ​least​ ​3​ ​days​ ​notice,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​have​ ​your​ ​beef​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​your​ ​when​ ​you arrive!

What should I know about shipping?

Most orders will be delivered within 7-10 days. Once shipped, we’ll send two separate email messages. The first messagewill be our own shipment confirmation and the second will be shipment tracking information sent directly from our shipper, GLS (donotreply@gls-us.com). If you don’t see that email after receiving our shipment confirmation, please check your spam/junk folder. Most orders in CA, AZ and NV are sent out via the overnight courier others are shipped via UPS Air. Orders are packed in cooler boxes with frozen gel packs to help maintain a safe temperature during shipment. Once the order is left at the delivery address, meat should be frozen or used immediately.