Before I started eating clean (and prior to viewing Food, Inc.), I thought that meat was meat. I didn’t concern myself with where or how the animal lived, what it ate, or its general health. I also didn’t think much about the taste variance in meat. Sure, I knew the $60 steak at Ruth’s Chris would taste better than the $7.99/lb. slab at my local grocery store, but for everyday eating, it didn’t register on my “care about it” list. I looked for the largest valu-pak with the lowest price, and I tossed it into my cart.
All of that has changed.
I now care fervently about the animals I eat because they make me strong and healthy and happy. I’m very grateful to the cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, and sea creatures that live and give their lives so I can thrive. I’m not sentimental about it, but I do like to acknowledge that the animals I eat were once walking around, eating, too… and I honor them in fulfilling their purpose when I savor the meals I make with them.
I’m very grateful to Rod Morrison, the CEO of Rocky Mountain Organic Meats, for getting in touch with me and sending me a sample pack of meat – because it was so tasty, and I feel so good about his company, I’m going to be buying my beef from him from now on. [Full disclosure: Rod sent me a package of meat for free so I could try it; now I'm hooked!]
To get in the proper state of mind, take a look at the setting in which the animals at Rocky Mountain Organic Meats live:
That’s got to make for very happy cows, yes? And happy cows mean delicious food for us!
All of the animals from Rocky Mountain Organic Meats are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished with lots of room to roam, and they’re raised without steroids, growth hormones, antibiotics, and grains. As the web site says, “Our only additives are clean water, lush grasses, and fresh air…”
The gift box Rod sent me included four packages:
This ground beef was the best I’ve ever eaten.
You know I’m usually pretty heavy-handed with spices, but for this taste test, I wanted to let the meat flavor shine, so I kept it basic. I browned the ground beef with salt and pepper over medium heat, then served it on a deconstructed hamburger salad. No cumin, no garlic, no cayenne to get in the way… just meat. Best ground beef ever. It was tender and meaty, with a sweetness and richness that felt great on my tongue – and it had a lovely amount of fat without tasting greasy. Highly recommended.
I don’t have a beauty shot of the ground beef, but here’s the package:
Again, I kept it simple: salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little coconut oil in a saute pan. I seared the steak on each side over medium-high heat and cooked it to about medium-well. It was SO tender and flavorful – definitely competitive with the restaurant steak I mentioned above. Dave and I ate it like animals, standing at the kitchen island, oohing and aahing over the flavor… which is why I don’t have a photo of it. Sorry! My appetite overtook my commitment to photographic evidence for you. It looked like a really delicious steak, which it totally was.
Very, very good: tender and chewy, with a light touch of smoke. If you’re super strict about sugar, this might be a ‘no’ for you, but if you’re comfortable with trace sugar in high-quality food (which I am), this is a nice jerky to add to your list of possibilities. The ingredients are 100% USDA Certified Organic Grass Fed Beef, organic honey, water, organic sugar, sea salt, black pepper, celery juice powder, garlic powder.
I grew up rural Pennsylvania with Pennsylvania Dutch neighbors and farmers who made summer sausage from family recipes. This summer sausage tastes like that: meaty, with just the right amount of spice, and lovely marbling without tasting or feeling greasy. Excellent! And take a look at the ingredients: 100% USDA Certified Organic Grass Fed Beef, water, organic black pepper, organic nutmeg, organic mustard seed, organic granulated garlic, sea salt, and celery juice powder. This is quality FOOD, not mystery meat in a tube.
In addition to the meats I tried, they offer additional cuts of steak, roasts, and other deli meats, as well as helpful educational information about meat labeling. If you buy in quantity, the prices at Rocky Mountain Organic Meat are competitive with what I pay locally for grass-fed beef – but the flavor of Rocky Mountain is far superior… and if you spend a minimum of $200 (which is a nice freezer-full), shipping is free.
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