Why Grass-Fed and Finished Beef is the Ultimate Protein Source for Health and Fitness Goals

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Whether you’re a dedicated athlete seeking to break your personal records, a fitness enthusiast desiring to sculpt your dream physique, or someone who values nourishing their body with the best, Oreganic grass-fed and finished beef is your ultimate ally. Packed with protein, a lower fat content than conventionally raised beef, and heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids (thanks to our cattle’s diet), you can fuel your active lifestyle.

Pump Up the Protein (and the Flavor) With Grass-Fed Beef

A high-protein diet doesn’t need to be bland. No more dry, overcooked chicken breasts, grainy protein shakes, or flavorless wraps when you can enjoy succulent steaks or mouthwatering ground beef while reaching your  fitness goals. Get all the protein you need from grass-fed and finished beef (one serving of ground beef has 16.5 grams of protein, for example). Our organic, locally sourced beef has an unmatched depth of flavor made more tender and distinct by our aging and fermentation process.

Beef is a Versatile Protein Source Packed with Iron and Minerals

Ground beef or steak can be a satiating solution when you’re running low on dinner ideas. Fry it up in taco seasoning and sprinkle it on a salad for a high dose of flavor, or fix up your favorite rendition of shepherd’s pie for a nostalgic savory dish. The thing we love about beef is its versatility. Whether you’re looking to eat healthy, low-processed foods or looking for a traditional burger with all the fixings, grass-fed and finished beef is sure to satiate every palate.

Do a Clean Sweep of Added Hormones and Chemicals in the Foods You Eat for a Healthier Lifestyle

Processed foods are full of unhealthy additives to preserve your food’s shelf life. But when you add a fresh product like grass-fed and finished beef to your shopping cart, you opt for a healthier diet free of preservatives. Environmental toxins are hard to avoid in everything. Still, when choosing produce and meat, it’s best to steer toward USDA-Certified Organic labels, or at least, locally sourced products that aren’t shipped long distances. Avoiding preservatives, hormones, and genetically modified feed, helps create a higher quality end product for our consumers, and it’s a standard we are proud to uphold as a family-owned and operated ranch.

Grass Fed and Finished Beef Has Higher Concentrations of Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals are a good kind of chemical for your body! These are plant compounds, flavonoids, and acids found in foods that may provide desirable health benefits, including disease resistance and prevention. Phytochemicals are often more present in grass-fed and finished ground beef than conventionally raised beef. This is because of the animal’s rich and variable diet. Grass-fed and finished ground beef samples include high levels of tocopherols (an essential precursor of Vitamin E). It also shows the presence of carotenoids and terpenoids, which exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-enriching activity in the body. Grazing animals on plant-diverse pastures versus feeding them grains promotes higher amounts of phytochemicals in the meat of grass-fed and finished animals. 

A No-Shortcut Solution to Better Nutrition

Red meat is a rich protein source that provides essential vitamins and minerals when paired with an active lifestyle and diet low in processed foods. So next time you’re out shopping for beef, consider these deals on our locally-raised products: 25 percent off site-wide, 40 percent off ground beef, and free shipping on orders over $199 to OR, WA, ID, NV, CA residents. When opting for a locally-raised product, look for trustworthy seals like USDA-Certified Organic, Gap4 Certification, and of course, grass-fed and finished. These labels help to indicate the beef products that were never treated with supplementary hormones or antibiotics. Shop our high-quality, sustainability-raised beef for a no-shortcut solution to a healthier lifestyle. 

From Farm to Fork: The Journey of Oreganic Beef’s Organic Steak

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As fourth-generation ranchers, we’re deeply invested in this industry and creating products that exceed standards and expectations. To us, that goes beyond a delicious organic steak on your grill. It means every element that went into creating that steak (or other organic beef product) was done thoughtfully and sustainably. From land stewardship to ethical processing, Oreganic’s raising the industry standard. 

Everything Starts With the Land

Centrally located in Oregon’s high desert is Rocker 3 Ranch—a piece of land with deep roots in Oregon’s pioneering history. When our family moved onto the land in 1991, we promised to build our ranch with respect to those who came before and those who will come after. 

To us, every good cut of beef starts with a sustainable ecosystem. On our ranch, we follow an organic system plan, so every animal thrives under the highest standards of quality and care. The mission we started over three decades ago remains the same: Healthy animals, people, and planet. 

Healthy Animals — Winter Feeding

Central Oregon has historically heavy winters. When the snow hits, we feed our cattle USDA-certified organic grass hays and alfalfa, which we primarily source right here at the ranch. No matter the weather, our cattle always graze in an open pasture. 

Healthy People — Pesticide & Hormone Free

We never use pesticides, hormones, or synthetic fertilizers. Instead, with proper grazing techniques, we produce 100% grass-fed and finished beef that’s better for our customers and more sustainable in the long run. 

Healthy Planet — Rotational Grazing

By moving our cattle from pasture to pasture regularly, we allow forage plants to renew their energy reserves and deepen root systems for maximum production in the long run. This practice also helps offset the climate impact of raising cattle by improving soil structure, protecting waterways from sediment runoff, providing wildlife habitat, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

Happy Cattle, Happy People 

We always say we know where our cattle come from. They’re born and raised right here on the ranch to the highest humane treatment standards. We never have and never will put our animals on a crowded feedlot—they are always free to roam and live as nature intended. One of our greatest achievements has been receiving a Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step-4 Rating, which means our ranch has been audited to meet its high animal welfare standards

As 100% grass-fed and finished animals, we raise our cattle ae organically and without hormones or pesticides in their systems. If they’re ill, we use holistic and natural remedies. That includes the most recent decision not to administer the mRNA vaccine to our cattle. If an animal fails on holistic treatments, we remove it from our organic program and treat it with antibiotics. 

Most of all, we rely on preventative care and provide our cattle with a safe, spacious, stress-free living environment. 

Achieving the Organic Gold Standard 

With our three mission pillars met, Oreganic Beef has the honor (and hard work) of a USDA organic certification. To do this, we follow the strictest foot protocols in the nation, from birth to harvest. Yearly, a third-party audit assesses whether we meet their rigid standards of keeping our products free of pesticides, antibiotics, and synthetic hormones. 

Maintaining this certification is a top priority for our ranch and dates back to our long family heritage of ranching standards. 

Transparent and Ethical Processing & Distribution    

The last step in our process before the “fork” stage is how we process and distribute our organic steak and other products. Once our cattle leave the ranch, we don’t become lax in our standards. That’s why we partnered with Oregon-based Mark’s Meat Co., one of seven in the state to be certified organic and inspected by the USDA. Just as important, the shop is also Animal Welfare and GAP certified and implements a robust systematic approach to human livestock handling. 

When distributing our product, we strive to maintain our high standards of sustainability and quality. We vacuum-pack and quick-freeze (learn how to properly thaw here) each product to seal in freshness, then ship it every Tuesday to arrive within 72 hours of the ship date. Once our premium organic beef is at your doorstep, the possibilities are up to you

Organic Steak That’s a Cut Above the Rest

As a USDA-certified ranch, we’re required to meet certain standards. But it’s our deeply rooted personal standards that set Oreganic Beef apart. We’re keeping true to our mission with sustainable land practices, humanely treated cattle, and transparent and ethical processing and distribution. Find our organic steak, ground beef, bundles, and more at our online shop

Need some summer grilling inspiration? You don’t want to miss this one.

Beef Up Your Summer With 10 Unexpected Ways to Use Organic Ground Beef

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When it comes to summer cooking, we often associate ground beef with classic dishes like tacos, burgers, and spaghetti. While these options are undeniably delicious, why limit yourself to the same old recipes? Our 100% grass-fed and finished organic ground beef is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can elevate your summer meals to new heights. In this blog post, we’ll explore ten unexpected and unique ways to use this product, taking inspiration from cuisines around the world.

Our Top 10 Favorite Ways to Use Organic Ground Beef (Recipes Included!)

Tired of having ground beef tacos and spaghetti bolognese on repeat every week? Look no further. Stock up on organic ground beef, choose a recipe to try each week, and turn up the heat on your summer cooking! 

1. Burger Bowls

Step aside, traditional burgers! Create a wholesome and flavorful meal by swapping the bun for a bed of fresh greens. Top ground beef with your favorite burger toppings like cheese, tomatoes, onions, and avocado. Then, drizzle it with a tangy dressing and have a satisfying burger bowl perfect for a light summer lunch. Try out this top-rated burger bowl recipe!

2. Nachos

Transform your nacho game with more protein and flavor. Layer tortilla chips with melted cheese, jalapeños, tomatoes, refried beans, and savory ground beef. Bake until the cheese is bubbly, and serve with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. These loaded nachos will be a hit at your summer gatherings.

3. Swedish Meatballs

Take a culinary trip to Sweden with deliciously spiced and perfectly tender Swedish meatballs. Serve them with a savory gravy, lingonberry sauce, and a side of buttered noodles. This unexpected twist on traditional meatballs will give you a taste of Europe!

4. Bibimbap

Travel to Korea by making vibrant bibimbap. Sauté the beef with garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil, and serve over a bowl of steamed rice. Top it with an assortment of colorful vegetables, a fried egg, and a spicy gochujang sauce. This hearty, healthy, and authentic dish is sure to become a family favorite!

5. Shepherd’s Pie

If the UK is a wee bit too far to visit, bring the flavors to your home with a classic Shepherd’s Pie. Layer beef with vegetables, mashed potatoes, and cheese, and bake until golden and bubbly. And don’t forget your HP sauce! It’s a complete and satisfying meal that the whole family will love. Scrumptious, aye?

6. Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a lighter meal? Ditch the tortillas and create refreshing lettuce wraps filled with seasoned beef. Add crunchy vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and bean sprouts for extra texture. Drizzle with a zesty sauce and enjoy a light and flavorful summer meal.

7. Stuffed Peppers

Add a touch of elegance to your summer menu with stuffed bell peppers. Saute your mixture of beef, rice, herbs, and spices. Place the mixture inside your peppers, and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is cooked to perfection. These colorful and savory delights are a fantastic addition to the weekly dinner round-up.

8. Keftedes

Experience the flavors of Greece with aromatic keftedes. Combine beef with breadcrumbs, herbs, garlic, and spices, then shape into small meatballs. Fry until golden brown and serve with tzatziki sauce and pita bread. These delightful bites are perfect for a summer meze spread.

9. Empanadas

Bring a taste of Latin America to your summer table with homemade beef empanadas. Fill flaky pastry dough with a savory mixture of beef, onions, peppers, and spices. Bake until golden brown, and enjoy these handheld delights as a snack or a main course.

10. Breakfast Hash

Start your summer mornings with this hearty and flavorful breakfast hash. Sauté ground beef with diced sweet potatoes, onions, and bell peppers until everything is cooked and caramelized. Your family and tastebuds will thank you!

Upgrade Your Meals with Oreganic

This summer, think beyond the burger and spaghetti when using organic ground beef. Incorporate these unexpected and delicious recipes into your culinary repertoire, and enjoy a season filled with diverse flavors and unforgettable meals. With Oreganic Beef Company’s 100% grass-fed and finished products, your summer cooking is sure to be a hit. And to support you on your mission of becoming a culinary artist, we’re offering a limited-time deal on ground beef. For the month of July, ground beef and patties are just $6.50 a pound when you buy 10 or more pounds, and all steaks are 20 percent off. 

Shop now and get free shipping on orders over $199 for OR, WA, CA, ID, and NV residents!

Grilling 101: The Secret to Perfect, Tender, Organic Grass-Fed Beef

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Grill masters, meat enthusiasts, and everyone in between—get ready to sink your teeth into a mouthwatering adventure of grilling the best, organic grass-fed beef! Strap on your apron, fire up the grill, and use these juicy tips to up your grill game and delight your taste buds. 

What Makes Grass-Fed Beef So Rare?

Here at Oreganic, our cattle only graze on nature’s finest buffet: lush, natural grass harvested right here on our ranch in Madras, Oregon. No synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, or growth hormones make their way into our beef! That means you can savor every bite with the peace of mind our beef is raised the way nature intended—100% grass-fed and finished.

Our happy cattle live active, natural lives and enjoy a healthy diet, resulting in leaner meat with significantly less saturated fat compared to grain-fed beef. Grilling organic grass-fed beef can be a bit of a challenge, though, as it tends to be leaner and more delicate. But this doesn’t mean grass-fed beef can’t be deliciously tender.

Up Your Grill Game: 4 Essential Tips 

So what’s the secret to cooking Oreganic beef to perfection? Here are our top 4 tips::

1. Spice Up Your Organic Grass-Fed Beef

When it comes to organic beef, a little seasoning goes a long way. Coat your meat with oil, then rub salt, pepper, or your favorite flavor-packed concoction on all sides and let it marinate. The magic happens as the flavors penetrate the meat and break down tough connective tissues, resulting in fork-tender goodness.

2. The Room Temp Rule

Give your certified organic beef some time to relax before it hits the grill. Allowing it to reach room temperature for about 30 minutes ensures even cooking and maintains a tender texture.

3. Gentle Heat = Better Meat

To achieve that beautiful crust and juicy interior, start with a hot grill and sear each side for 2-3 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low or move it to a cooler spot to let the beef cook to perfection.

Remember, grass-fed beef cooks about three times faster than grain-fed, so keep an eye on the thermostat to avoid overcooking. If you’re a “well-done” kind of person…well, then you’re done. With grass-fed, you’ll want your beef cooked to medium (135 to 145 degrees)max!

4. Rest Assured, You’ll Get the Perfect Bite

Patience is a virtue. After it’s done cooking, resist the temptation to dig in right away. Give your beef a well-deserved 10-minute rest. This allows the meat to finish cooking and locks in juices to ensure every bite is moist, tender, and bursting with flavor.

Meat Your Match with Oreganic’s Organic Grass-Fed Beef

At Oreganic, we’re not just passionate about the cattle we raise, we’re committed to bringing you the crème de la crème of grass-fed, grass-finished beef. And the best part? Our tender, juicy goodness can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere in the United States, with free shipping on orders over $199 for those in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada! 

To help you on your journey to grilling the best organic beef, we’re offering a sizzling deal: Buy one get one free on all ground beef items, 30% off top sirloin, brisket, and short ribs, and 10% off all other steaks. Now that’s a beefy deal you don’t want to miss. Make the switch to organic grass-fed and finished beef from Oreganic, and prepare to have your taste buds blown away!

How to Thaw Ground Beef, Steak, Organ Meat, and More

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It’s happened to all of us: You ask a family member to take the meat out of the freezer in the morning, but when you come home at 5 p.m., you find the meat still in the freezer. Keeping your freezer stocked with frozen beef, steaks, and even organ meat is always a good idea, but what happens when dinner is in an hour, and you need to quick-thaw? We’ve got your back. Knowing how to thaw ground beef and more—fast— is important so you don’t sacrifice flavor, tenderness, or taste!

Why You Need to Thaw Meat Safely

Meat that’s vacuum-sealed, flash-frozen, and shipped is much fresher than the unfrozen steaks you see at the store and gives you the longest possible shelf life. But as soon as the meat begins to thaw and the internal temperature goes above 40 degrees, bacteria that may have been present before freezing begins to multiply. Thawing meat safely is important to prevent foodborne illnesses caused by E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter.

How to Thaw Ground Beef, Steak, and Organ Meat Fast

There are three safe ways to defrost meat: in the fridge, in cold water, and in the microwave. The refrigerator is the safest and most recommended method, but if you are in a rush, cold water or microwave will work. With these tips and tricks, you’ll thaw meat safely and in time for dinner.  

Refrigerator (10 to 24 hours)

Thawing frozen meat in the refrigerator is the safest and most convenient method but also the slowest. Stew meat, ground beef, and steaks defrost within a day, whereas bone-in and whole roasts can take up to two days. To thaw meat in the refrigerator, remove it from the freezer and place it in a container or dish on the fridge’s bottom shelf to prevent dripping and cross-contamination. The meat is safe in the refrigerator for three to five days. If you decide not to use the beef during this time, you can still safely refreeze it.

Cold Water (30 minutes to 1 hour)

You have one hour until dinner time and a pound of frozen ground beef in your hands. What do you do? Defrost the meat in a bowl of cold water. First, ensure the frozen meat is sealed in leak-proof packaging, if it’s not, wrap the meat tightly in a resealable plastic bag, then submerge it in a bowl of cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes to ensure it stays cold and continues to thaw the meat. Foods thawed with cold water should be cooked immediately before consuming or refreezing.

Microwave (5 to 10 minutes)

Thawing in the microwave is the quickest method and is the go-to for many in a hurry. Open the package of ground beef, steak, organ meat, etc., and transfer it to a suitable-sized bowl or shallow dish. Put the bowl in the microwave and push the defrost button, or manually set your microwave to 50% power. Defrost for eight to ten minutes per pound, flipping the meat every few minutes until thawed. Some of the meat may have started to cook during defrosting, which is safe, but make sure you cook the meat immediately after thawing.

Now You Know How to Thaw Ground Beef—That’s a Job Well Done.

Thawing meat quickly can be a convenient solution when you’re short on time, but it’s important to do so safely to avoid the risk of bacterial growth or foodborne illness.The refrigerator, cold water, and microwave methods will come in handy as the summer grilling season approaches. At Oreganic, we ship to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California, so now’s the time to stock up your freezer for those delicious summer dinners! 

Grass Fed, Grass Finished Beef Is the Ultimate in Organic Meat. Here’s Why! 

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Around here, we’re passionate about the cattle we raise on our small family ranch. We’ve been entrusted to look after this land for generations. So that means nothing is a bigger privilege than battling cold months, droughts, and supply setbacks to bring you the best grass fed, grass finished ground beef in the Pacific Northwest. 

We Go the Extra Mile With What We Feed Our Animals

You heard it here first. Our cattle only eat natural grasses they forage or eat from our supply of organic alfalfa grasses, which we harvest right here on the ranch. We don’t bulk their feed with corn, fillers, or anything other than what the cow naturally finds meandering on our acreage in Madras, Oregon. That means quality you can trust and 100 percent grass fed, grass finished beef. The finished part indicates that the animal is not fed corn to fatten it in the final months before slaughter. All the way through, our herds are grass-fed.  

We Highlight the Region’s Flavors 

Have you ever tasted a delicious local product and thought about moving to that city so you could have it again? Well, the beauty of Oreganic Beef is that you don’t have to! We ship to any location you live in the United States and offer a special discount if you live in the Pacific Northwest region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada). 

And speaking of regional flavors, you don’t have to be a chef to appreciate great organic meat. But you might not realize how different grass fed, grass finished beef tastes. Like it or not, most of the U.S. meat supply is grain-fed beef. While this isn’t necessarily wrong, it affects most meat consumers’ palettes.

Grass fed, grass finished beef tastes considerably different from grain-fed beef, and we think better! Its leaner profile is sometimes compared to flavors of wild game. This is in part due to the animals mostly eating what’s naturally found in their environment,a combination of wild and alfalfa grasses. Corn-fed beef tends to have thicker marbling, thanks to all of those fats from corn, and can produce a fattier cut of meat.  

We Pay Greater Attention to Animal Welfare

We have this saying around the ranch: the right way trumps the fast way. That’s why it takes us an extra six to 10 months to raise our cattle on thousands of acres of grassland. No shortcuts. No crowded feed lots or confined spaces for our cattle. It’s the same slow and steady way all the way through, the way that nature intended. We are proud of our status as Central Oregon’s only third-party verified, 100% grass fed and finished Global Animal Partnership (GAP) 4 organic operation. It costs a lot of time, money, and attention to do things right, but for us, it’s the only way. 

Taste the Grass Fed, Grass Finished Difference With Oreganic Beef 

Ultimately, we’re a lot more action than talk. We run cattle, mend fences, and rely on that spirit of determination to bring our best to the market because we have 100 percent faith in the quality of the beef we produce. It’s what keeps us in the business through thick and thin, year after year. We like people to experience the difference between our organic beef rather than hear about it. 

Check out our reviews or try it yourself by shopping our steak bundles of premium cuts. Stock up on meats for the smoker or slow cooker and ground beef or find specialty items like organ meat and organic soup bones. The proof is in the results. Make the switch to grass fed, grass finished beef and taste the difference!

Considering a Meat Subscription? Why Buying Ranch Direct Beef Is Even Better

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It was formerly the case that you could trust your local butcher to source top-quality cuts of meat. And maybe if you live in a small town or have the right connections, you still can. But between the supply chain and the globalization of the world’s meat production, it’s more difficult than ever to know where your food comes from. Especially when ordering from online meat companies! Meat subscription boxes are a simple and direct way to support cattle ranchers who are doing it right. But have you considered ordering directly from the ranch without being on the hook for ordering more products every month? 

Easily Traceable Ranch Produced and Distributed Meat 

When you sign up for a conventional meat subscription, your beef could come from any number of farms depending on the distributor. With Rocker 3 Ranch, you always know what you’re getting and who you’re getting it from (down to the animal’s sire and age). 

By contrast, when you shop Oreganic’s bundle boxes, every cut is traceable down to the animal’s sire,  grazing location, and age. We know beef, and we’re not into any bull when it comes to raising the highest quality, grass-fed, grass-finished beef. That’s why we go the extra mile to meet stringent USDA organic certifications.

Ranch-Direct Meat Is Guaranteed Higher Quality 

Here are a few reasons grass-fed organic meat stands out from non-organic meat subscription boxes.

Better For the Environment

Sustainability is a trickle-down effect. Because we focus on producing quality rather than on volume, we can reduce our impact on the land. For example, organic ranchers use rotational grazing to minimize soil erosion and allow forage plants to renew energy reserves, rebuild vigor, deepen root systems, and provide long-term maximum production.

Our goal at Rocker 3 Ranch is to leave the environment better than we found it and entrust its care to future generations. As cattle have grazed on grasses for generations, it’s only natural that they continue this way. Here’s some more in-depth reading of the organic livestock requirements we follow per the USDA.

More Strictly Regulated For Hormones, Antibiotics, and Steroids

In every way, we follow more stringent guidelines than conventional beef ranchers. For example, our beef is fed 100 percent certified organic grasses (alfalfa and wild grasses raised on our land), managed without antibiotics or growth hormones, and follows a complex system of USDA-approved plans involving crop treatments and grazing grounds. The organic certification keeps us accountable for every step the animal makes throughout its life journey. This means that the animal is protected from environmental toxins or pollutants from pesticides it could encounter on grazing grounds or from water sources. 

Grass-Fed, Grass-Finished Organic Beef Is Humanely Raised 

As organic beef ranchers, we care for our livestock’s needs in several ways. They must have year-round access to the outdoors, be raised on certified organic land and crop production, and in the case of grass-fed, grass-finished beef, not be fed any grain products, ever. 

And as the research shows, the pasture-based diet is even better for the animal. Grass-fed beef has better digestive health, allowing microorganisms to thrive in the stomach of the animals. This is linked with a reduction in disease and inflammatory conditions like hock lesions and mastitis. So even for our cattle’s well-being, it pays to eat plants.

Considering An Organic Meat Subscription? Buy On-Demand From A Ranch Instead

We want to get organic, grass-fed, and finished beef into the hands of every consumer we can. Because if you’re comparing our beef to other generically raised products, there’s simply no parallel for quality or flavor. Organic beef is the clear frontrunner in our customer’s minds (read our reviews). So, treat yourself to a cut of our Oreganic Short Rib or Top Sirloin. You’ll hit reorder as soon as you taste our beef! 

3 Flat Iron Steak Recipes Made To Impress For That Special Occasion

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Nothing says “I love you,” like surprising your sweetheart with a home-cooked meal. And around here, steak is always on the menu! Of course, no steak cut goes unappreciated. But for those unfamiliar with flat iron steaks, here are a few reasons why we love this cut.

The flat iron is a prime piece of the front shoulder that often gets upstaged by more common cuts: rib eye, sirloin, and prime rib. But there’s plenty to love about a good flat iron steak. It cooks faster than other cuts of meat due to its leaner profile, which is great for frying or pan searing. No grilling necessary! Flat iron has the same depth of flavor as other thicker cuts of meat, but the flat iron is a no-fuss, forgiving cut of meat. Splash it in some marinade, braise it for some fajitas or carne asada, and be on your way! 

Try one of these popular renditions of flat iron steak for that special occasion.

Flat Iron Steaks Make For Great Tacos 

Tired of ground beef? Time to mix things up. There are a million ways to prepare great flat iron tacos, from fajitas to carne asada. Try a dry rub on for size or to increase tenderness, bump up your marinating time. For inspiration, try this amazing recipe with a chili chipotle marinate and let the steak soak for a few hours before pan-frying for an amazing depth of flavor.

The beauty of tacos is their versatility. Love your tacos with the tangy twist of pineapple, bell pepper, and sweet onion? How about cilantro, radish, and salsa crema? Choose a theme whether it’s TexMex, Hawaiian BBQ, or all about that fire-breathing chili pepper heat!

Beef And Broccoli With Flat Iron Steaks

Do you know that beef and broccoli dish you order from every Chinese menu? Here’s how to recreate it at home! We love the simplicity of a beef and broccoli dish. The flat iron, cut into rich, tender strips, is pan-seared and laid atop a bed of crisp broccoli contrasted perfectly with a side of jasmine rice. The sesame seeds are the perfect nutty contrast to this dish. For that extra wok-inspired flavor, dash in some sesame oil while the steak is frying. Your sweetheart will love it (this knocks a box of chocolates out of the park). 

Traditional Flat Iron Steak With Chimichurri 

This recipe is just the thing for those who prefer not to reinvent the wheel. Traditional preparation of flat iron steak with chimichurri is a timeless classic. A little salty, a little spicy, and absolutely delicious. Perfecting the preparation technique means not overcooking the flat iron steak, so it remains juicy and retains some of its pinkness when serving. For all the details, try this recipe, and if you’re ambitious, make your own chimichurri. A fresh combo of cilantro, chili flakes, and olive oil sends this steak over the edge. 

Grass-Fed, Grass-Finished Flat Iron Steaks For That Special Occasion

A top cut of beef isn’t an everyday kind of meal. For those special occasions where you want to dress things up a bit, shop our steak bundles and find something special for a birthday or anniversary. Missing out on some of the essentials like ground beef or roast meat? Why not add to your cart and earn free shipping on orders over $199 for OR, WA, CA, ID, and NV residents. Buying Oreganic means a cut of beef you can always trust. 

Slow and Sustainable: What Makes A Grass Fed Beef Box Better

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In our fast-paced world, what we eat can easily become less about quality or flavor and more about convenience. Call us old-fashioned, but at Oreganic Beef, we think it shouldn’t be that way. When your food reflects a rancher’s hard work and sustainable practices over the generations, nothing comes close to the nutritional value or taste! This is what our grass-fed beef boxes are all about. 

But before we jump in on the amazing benefits of grass-fed beef, we’ll be straight shooters about this one. Grass-fed beef is more expensive (and with good reason). So if you’re looking for other options to compete on price, you’ll always find something cheaper. But if you care about the quality and the lifecycle of the food you eat, here are three reasons why a grass-fed meat box is worth it.

A Grass-Fed Beef Box Is More Expensive Because Higher Quality Meat Is Produced Slowly

There’s a reason fast food is cheap and the meal at a fine dining establishment is spendy. There’s a major difference in quality. So we won’t give you the runaround. When it comes to organic beef, you will pay more than commercially-raised beef. But you know the old saying: you get what you pay for. 

Organic grass-fed and finished beef take longer to raise than feedlot beef. In some cases, up to a year more of feeding costs, land maintenance, and caretaking to ensure the animal eats enough to reach its full potential. But with patience and a lot of labor, you get a superior product seasoned with the region’s flavors instead of an animal rushed through its lifecycle.

More Isn’t More When it Comes To Beef: Be Picky And Willing To Invest In What Is Good For You

Depending on your diet, you could eat meat once weekly or several times throughout the week. We’re not here to tell you what to do or how to eat, but we are interested in delivering the highest quality cuts of beef. 

We care about the people who consume our products. This means we focus on producing meat in smaller quantities because we understand that this is best for the animal and the end product. The American and global, diet concentrates a lot on large quantities of meat. While we are big proponents of animal protein, doctors recommend that lean, high-quality protein sources are the ticket to a healthier life.

A real upside to buying a grass-fed beef box is that you’re casting a vote for more humanely raised, higher-quality relationship to meat. 

Grass-Fed Beef Boxes Are An Investment Back Into Your Community

We all rely on farmers to eat. Buying your food more directly from producers is a vote toward keeping the good ones in business. While you might not have a grass-fed beef ranch out your back door, supporting ranchers and food growers is one practical way to keep access to high-quality, sustainably raised beef. 

So again, if you are looking for the cheapest ground beef at the store, it’s not from a grass-fed producer. The small guys, looking to compete with larger producers, will inevitably generate higher costs by not taking any shortcuts. And they will ask for more because of it.

For the Steak-Lover In Your Life, Choose Grass-Fed, Grass-Finished Oreganic Beef

At Oreganic, the quality of our beef speaks for itself. We are passionate about our high-quality products because we know that once you taste the difference, nothing will compare. 

 An organic grass-fed beef box isn’t just for the family. It’s meant for sharing, a date night, or as a surprise gift for that steak lover in your life. Bring your whole family into the slow, sustainably raised beef movement with an Oreganic flat steak box or melt-in-your-mouth Oreganic short ribs.

Why Frozen Meat Is The Freshest & Answering “How Long Can Meat Be Frozen?”

how long can meat be frozen

How long can I keep my beef in the freezer? This is a question we get a lot. From the moment you pull a steak from the freezer to that finishing garlic butter sizzle as it slips off the grill, get the most flavor from your frozen beef with these food preparation and storage tips. 

How Long Can Meat Be Frozen? 

Most of our cuts of beef, from steaks to roasts, keep nicely in the freezer for up to 12 months. For packaged ground beef, it’s closer to three to four months. Use this FDA refrigerator and freezer storage chart for safely storing all types of meat!  

But here’s the catch. Not all meat is vacuum-sealed or flash-frozen at the height of quality like Oreganic beef. So, if you stock your freezer with meat every six months to keep from making that extra trip to the grocery store, you’ll want to hear this. 

Which Is Best To Buy : Fresh Or Frozen Meat?

There is a common misconception about frozen meat. Maybe you’ve heard frozen meat is less fresh than the bright red-colored beef you see shrink wrapped on those styrofoam meat trays in the deli. But it’s not true! Meat that is vacuum-sealed, flash-frozen, and shipped is much fresher than the unfrozen steaks you see at the store. 

Unfrozen beef oxidizes faster than frozen beef

This is because, as soon as red meat is exposed to oxygen, the enzymes in the beef begin to break down. When fresh, unfrozen beef is in transit from the meat packaging facility to the distributor for sale in grocery stores, the clock is ticking on its “sell by” date.

Bright red meat doesn’t indicate freshness (and here’s why)

We’ll let you in on a little insider industry secret. Most grocery stores keep meat in-house between 10 to 14 days, during which the steak’s oxidation process is ongoing. That is why meat packagers often use an FDA-approved technique called modified air packaging

This is the practice of infusing oxidized meat (which inevitably turns greyish in color) with a mixture of gasses, including carbon monoxide, to change its color to a vibrant, attractive red. Yes, carbon monoxide: the same toxic substance found in cars and furnace exhaust! 

While consumer advocacy groups widely criticize the practice, it is still used by grocery store chains to make the meat appear artificially at peak freshness. 

Just say no to preservatives and buy flash-frozen beef 

How long can meat be frozen? Frozen meat, specifically Oreganic beef, which is individually vacuum-sealed and flash-frozen at sub-zero temperatures, keeps well for up to a year. In addition, flash-freezing prevents enzyme breakdown during transportation, eliminating the need for preservatives. 

Flash-freezing meat (in minutes rather than hours) keeps ice crystals from forming on the meat’s exterior. This prevents the meat from drying out and shields its juices from the effects of freezer burn. 

Flash-frozen beef keeps its same flavor profile as the day it was packaged. There’s no thick ice crust formation like what you see when you pull a forgotten item from the back of your freezer. 

What Causes Frozen Meat To Go Bad?

Frozen meat can go bad, but it’s usually due to an issue with packaging, storage temperature, or the age of items in the freezer. 

Spoiling From improper storage temperature

Meat can spoil in your freezer due to a power outage or electrical malfunction of your freezer. Your freezer should always be set to zero degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice that your freezer has experienced a power loss or reached a sustained temperature above 40 degrees for two hours or longer, be safe and throw everything out. Suppose your foods inside the freezer are still below 40 degrees. In that case, you can safely relocate the meat to another freezer. 

Freezer burn from packaging without a vacuum seal

Ever experienced those frustrating ice clumps inside your bags of frozen vegetables? Freezer burn is a common phenomenon for anyone with a freezer. But the good news is that proper packaging techniques for frozen beef will help the foods retain flavor and stop the invasion of ice crystals into your frozen foods. 

Freezer burn dries out food by drawing out its moisture and forming an ice mass outside the food. This leaves foods like meat more tasteless and dry when they are prepared. 

With Oreganic’s vacuum-sealed meats, as long as you keep the original packaging intact, you will never need to worry about freezer burn! Rest assured, your frozen steaks will stay as juicy and tender as the day they were packaged. 

Age of beef

We would like to tell you that all meat will stay fresh in your freezer forever. But since we dry-age our beef, some fermentation breakdown has already occurred with the meat before it is flash-frozen. This doesn’t mean it is bad to consume meat safely stored longer than a year, but it likely won’t taste as fresh as it could if you prepared it sooner.

Meat that lingers in the freezer a bit too long (for over a year) will inevitably lose some moisture and shape, making it a bit less appetizing. However, if you still want to cook the meat, using a brining technique may bring back some of the richness lost over time. 

Stock Your Freezer With Oreganic Flash-Frozen Beef And Know You’re Getting The Freshest

We hope you use these freezer storage tips to get the most flavor from our high-quality grass-fed and finished beef. Flash-frozen beef from Oreganic is securely vacuum-packed and individually chilled to seal all the amazing nutrients and flavor. 

We guarantee delivery within 72 hours if the order meets our cut-off shipping date (before Tuesday at 8:00 AM). Every cut of Oreganic beef is certified USDA-organic and processed without the use of any preservatives or artificial ingredients. So shop now and experience the grass-fed difference!