Host a Winter Dinner Party With Our Grass-Fed Beef in Central Oregon

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The Staple Protein of a Community Meal is Grass-Fed Beef in Central Oregon

Oreganic is a beacon of quality, flavor, and slow sustainability in a world dominated by mass-produced meats. Demand for regional or family-run farmed beef is growing, especially as a staple source of protein for your winter meals.

Whether you prefer a sizzling T-bone steak, a classic New York strip, or flank steak to feed a crowd, Oreganic Beef has what you need. Unlike conventional beef, our cattle have a strict grass diet, feasting on our Oregon pastureland, which is rich in vitamins and minerals that impart a distinct flavor profile to the meat

Great for Keto or Gluten-Free Dinner Guests 

When you bring a juicy, flavor-filled steak, you only need to add a few sides to impress your friends! One of the most significant advantages of choosing Oreganic for your winter dinner parties is how it caters to special dietary needs. If your friends observe a keto diet rich in protein or need to avoid gluten at all costs, there’s no better way to please them than a steak and potatoes dish or a hearty breakfast hash

Serve Local Flavors by Supporting Oregon Ranchers

Our family-run ranch pours its heart and soul into producing grass-fed organic beef in Central Oregon. Our connection to the region as fourth-generation ranchers means we ship and supply the Pacific Northwest with our beef instead of exporting it overseas. Introduce your friends to your favorite place to shop for beef and show them what quality grass-fed beef in Central Oregon is all about!

When you choose Oreganic, you’re dealing with a family-run business that values your satisfaction above all. We are proud of our connection to the land and contributing to our local economy here in Oregon.  

Impress Your Friends With Clean Ingredient Meals

In the era of clean eating, knowing where your food comes from is important. Oreganic takes the guesswork out of your shopping by providing full transparency into our farming practices. From the 17,000 acres where our cattle graze to the careful processing of our meat through our USDA certification, we never use pesticides, hormones, or synthetic fertilizers to raise our beef. Each step of our animals’ lives is meticulously protected to ensure you get the cleanest, highest-quality beef. No need to feed your guests mystery ingredients or fillers with us! 

We’ve Got Grass Fed Beef in Central Oregon

As you plan your winter dinner parties and events, consider making Oreganic the centerpiece of your dining table. With unparalleled taste, a commitment to local agriculture, personalized customer service, ingredient transparency, and sustainability, Oreganic goes beyond just beef. It’s a vote for a more careful way to use our land’s resources for future generations. 

 There’s no better way to elevate your dinner parties than by choosing Oreganic, your go-to source for grass-fed beef in Central Oregon. 

The Best Grass-Fed and Finished Beef Delivered to Your Door

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The winter months are all about chasing convenience and comfort. We crave hearty soups, seek out connection with family and friends, and opt for pickup and delivery for our must-have items. At Oreganic, our family understands (and mirrors) these needs as our customers do. That’s why we created a transparent process that ensures quality beef delivered right to our customers’ doors. Less time shopping means more time enjoying cozy winter nights with loved ones. 

Quality Beef, Delivered 

To answer the age-old question: we’ve got the beef. Or, rather, you’ve got the beef delivered to your house in a timely and well-protected manner. If you need some convincing about why ordering beef online beats picking up a cut from the grocery store, these are our top benefits: 

  • Low-fuss, high-quality 
  • Endless possibilities for everyday meals to party planning 
  • High standards that prioritize customers 
  • Hands-on support from a family-run ranch 
  • Not having to leave your house 

Still need some convincing? Read on! 

The Oreganic Difference 

We do things differently out here in Madras, Oregon. Our ranch sits in the shadow of the towering Cascade Mountain Range, the land in long-standing partnership with ranchers and pioneers. We treat the land as we’ve always treated our animals and customers—with the respect they deserve. 

The Oreganic difference is one you can taste. We can confidently say our beef is a cut above the rest because of the following reasons: 

Transparent Process

How many times have you wandered the meat aisle at the store and wondered where did this product come from? Aninimonity is fun when doing Secret Santa, but not so much when you’re trying to feed your family. At Oreganic, we believe you should always buy beef you can trust. That’s why we keep detailed logs with the date your beef was born and harvested and anything of note that happened throughout its life. You can vet every process our products go through from beginning to end. 

Land Stewardship

We respect our land. When we started Rocker 3 Ranch in 1991, we did so with the intention of honoring the people, animals, and ecosystems that made the land what it was. As USDA-certified organic ranchers, we keep sustainable practices—rotational grazing, winter feeding, pesticide and hormone-free animals—that meet the Department of Agriculture’s rigid requirements. 

Family Owned & Operated

Oreganic founder “Big D” Darrell Ceciliani Jr passed down more than his love of ranching to his three sons. He also passed down a commitment to hard, intentional work—of doing things the right way (not the fast way). 

Humane & Ethical Treatment

Before you receive beef delivered to your door, our ranch meets and exceeds rigorous care standards. Our beef starts and finishes in an open pasture, eating dried forage and certified organic grasses. We’re proud to hold the coveted GAP Step-4 rating, which verifies our animals are raised humanely and healthfully. 

Processed With Care 

When you’re in the grocery store, there’s no telling how your cut of beef was processed other than the sell-by date and thin packaging. At Oreganic, we always hearken back to doing things the right way. This includes working with one of Oregon’s only USDA-certified-organic and GAP-certified butcher shops, Mark’s Meat Co

From there, we dry-age all prime cuts for a minimum of 30 days and ground beef for 14 days before cutting and wrapping. Doing this gives the meat’s enzymes time to break down the muscle tissues, which equals richer flavor and better texture. 

Shipped to Your Door 

The last stage before beef goes out the door is packaging. We securely vacuum-pack and individually quick-freeze every order to seal in freshness. We also guarantee delivery within 72 hours of your shipment date, which means less time between clicking buy and savoring the Oreganic difference. 

If you need beef delivered before an event, be sure to place your order by 11:59pm Monday to be included in the weekly shipment. 

Shop Oreganic’s Top-Tier Products  

Oreganic is more than quality beef delivered to your home. It’s also the guarantee of a family-owned company that cares deeply for the land, its people, and its animals. Shop Oreganic’s 100% grass-fed and finished products through our online shop and save 50% off stew meat, short ribs, chuck roast, shanks, and soup bones for the month of January. As always, shipping is free on orders $199 and over for Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada residents.

4 Ways to Give the Gift of Grass-Fed Beef

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It’s the season of giving—and deciding what to get for the trickiest people on your list. If you’ve exhausted all the usual options—new shoes, tech accessories, coffee mugs, bath sets—you might want to consider the uniquely delicious option of grass-fed beef. And this holiday season, Rocker 3 Ranch delivers. 

What to Buy for Someone Who Has It All? Grass-Fed Beef! 

We might be biased, but we think grass-fed beef is the perfect gift, and you know it’s something the gift receiver will actually use. But, if you need some extra convincing why beef from Rocker 3 Ranch makes the perfect gift, it’s: 

Organic — Our cattle and ranch meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rigid requirements. In addition, we undergo regular third-party audits and certifications from the ICS and other independent agencies. The result is a product free of antibiotics, pesticides, genetically modified feed, and synthetic hormones. 

Traceable — Buying beef you can trust is our gold standard. We keep detailed logs with the date your beef was born and harvested and anything noteworthy that happened in its life. Traceability from day one means you’re getting a top-tier product.

Nutritious — Cattle 100% grass-fed and finished like Oreganic’s contain less total fat and fewer calories than traditionally grain-finished beef. Our beef also has two to three times the Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and up to six times the essential fatty acids (Omega-3/Omega-6), which have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and are components of a healthy diet

Ethical — Our Global Animal Partnership Step 4 Certification means our animals receive respectful and humane treatment under the most natural conditions possible.  

Convinced? Good! Read on for our four favorite ways to gift Oreganic. 

Idea 1: Gift Certificate Pairing  

We have multiple cuts of grass-fed beef to choose from, and everyone’s tastes differ. A gift certificate to our online shop is the best way to let your loved one choose their preferred cut and quantity. We recommend pairing the gift certificate with a new set of steak knives or a serving platter to add a personal touch.  

Idea 2: Crockpot Comfort 

Who doesn’t love the convenience and comfort of a crockpot meal? Gift your friend or family member Oreganic’s USDA Certified Crockpot Comfort Box that includes over 18 pounds of beef that’s best cooked slow—bone-in chuck roast, short ribs, and stew meat. Or, if you choose to go a la carte, we’re offering 50 percent off stew meat, short ribs, chuck roast, shanks, and soup bones this month. Take the gift to the next level with a new Crock-Pot or Instant Pot! 

Idea 3: Visit to the Ranch 

If your loved one values experiences over gifts (but also enjoys good food), one unique way to gift grass-fed beef is to visit the ranch where it originates. Plan a trip to Rocker 3 Ranch in Madras (by appointment only) to explore the land and see why our operations are a cut above. Finish this gift off by ordering a cut of their choice.

Pro tip: We also offer other guest services like hunting and fishing from the ranch. 

Idea 4: Curated Gift Basket 

Lastly, go with a classic gift basket that’s equal parts thoughtful and practical. Although the options are nearly endless, we recommend Oreganic NY Strip Steak, a local bottle of wine (like Maragas or Bledsoe Family Winery), some artisan cheese, and locally-baked bread. 

Order Now to Receive by the Holidays 

When you choose Oreganic—whether as a treat to yourself or to gift to another—you get the guarantee of a quality product that’s as delicious as it is ethically sourced. If any of these grass-fed gift ideas have inspired you, our final shipment of the year takes place on December 12th. Plan accordingly to avoid delays during the holiday rush!

As always, we offer free shipping on orders over $199 for Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada residents. Happy gifting!

Hearty Winter Feasts: Inventive Ways to Use Organic Beef Soup Bones

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As temperatures drop, it’s time to swap BBQs for beef stews. Although it might be the chill in the air talking, we’re partial to the rich heartiness that a comfort meal offers during the longer months. And what better way to create these meals than with organic beef soup bones? Today, we’re covering unique ways to incorporate soup bones into your winter meal rotations—with the added flavor and nutrition you need to stay fueled. 

Unique Recipes to Keep You Full this Winter 

While they’re not the usual cuts of beef we talk about, organic beef soup bones are particularly versatile and nutritious. Beef bones are full of essential nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus, which play vital roles in muscle and nerve function, bone health, and tissue repair. What’s more, the collagen in bones turns to gelatin in the cooking process, which adds amino acids (a.k.a. the building blocks of protein) into your diet. Last but not least, the bone marrow found in these soup bones is chock-full of nutrients like zinc, fatty acids, iron, and vitamins A and K. 

Our favorite benefit is that adding soup bones to basic recipes brings the flavor complexity and richness to the next level. Unlike the name implies, you’re not just limited to traditional beef soup (although it makes a darn good one). These four meals (and bonus recipes!) are on our winter must-cook list. 

Sopa de Res (Beef Bone Soup) 

Starting with a classic is a must. Sopa de Res elevates the soup bone’s flavor with bright vegetables and aromatic spices. 

Recipe adapted from Dominican Cooking


  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. Oreganic Stew Meat  
  • 4 Oreganic Beef Soup Bones  
  • 1 lb. red potatoes 
  • 1 lb. Kabocha or acorn squash, diced   
  • 1 cup celery, chopped 
  • 6 allspice berries
  • ½ tsp. oregano, dry and ground 
  • ½ tsp. cayenne 
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 1¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the stew meat and brown. Pour in 2 quarts of water, then add allspice, oregano, cayenne, garlic, salt, and pepper to the pot. 
  2. Add beef bones and boil until the stew meat is very tender, about 60-90 minutes. Add water as it becomes necessary to keep the same volume of broth.
  3. Add potato, celery, and squash. Simmer covered until vegetables are cooked through. At this time, you can remove the beef bones. 
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately on its own or with bread to dip. 

Beef Pho

Warm and comforting, traditional pho is a sought-after Vietnamese dish for its richness and flavor. 

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes


  • 4 lbs. organic beef soup bones 
  • 1 medium onion, unpeeled and halved 
  • 5 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp. salt 
  • 2 pods star anise
  • 2 ½ tbsp. fish sauce
  • 8 oz. dried rice noodles
  • 1 ½ lbs. Oreganic Beef Top Sirloin, thinly sliced 
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped 
  • 1 tbsp. green onion, chopped  
  • 1 ½ cups bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch Thai basil 
  • 1 medium lime, cut into fourths 
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce 
  • ¼ cup Sriracha  


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. Add beef bones on a baking sheet and roast until browned, about 60 minutes. 
  3. Add onion halves to a second baking sheet and roast until soft and blackened, about 45 minutes. 
  4. Transfer the bones and onion to a large stockpot. Add ginger, fish sauce, star anise, salt, and 4 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 6 to 10 hours. Once done, strain the broth into a saucepan and set aside.
    1. Note: This step can be done in a crockpot if you can’t attend to the stove. 
  5. Place rice noodles in a large bowl and fill with room-temperature water. Let them soak for 1 hour, then drain. After noodles are cooked, bring the reserved broth to a simmer. 
  6. Divide the noodles among 4 serving bowls; top with sirloin, cilantro, and green onion. Ladle hot broth on top and let it sit until the beef is no longer pink about 1 to 2 minutes. 
  7. Serve with Thai basil, lime wedges, bean sprouts, hoisin sauce, and Sriracha on the side. 

French Onion Soup 

The classic, indulgent soup—made all the richer with soup bones—pairs perfectly with a crispy baguette and a medium-bodied red wine. 

Recipe adapted from Lindsey Eats


For The Stock

  • 2 lbs organic beef soup bones
  • ½ lbs organic stew meat (optional) 
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, roughly chopped 
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped with skin on 
  • ½ head garlic, halved with skin on 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For The Soup

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 5 yellow onions 
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme 
  • ¾ cup dry red wine 
  • 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 cups beef broth 
  • Salt, sugar, and pepper to taste
  • Topping: A mixture of Swiss, comte, and gruyere cheese and French baguette slices


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, lay beef bones on a baking sheet with olive oil, and roast for 30 minutes. 
  2. Add your beef bones to a pot with the celery, onions, carrots, garlic, stew meat, salt, pepper, and 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and skim off the fat. Let the bones and meat cook thoroughly to create your stock, about 45 minutes. Strain and set aside the beef and vegetables and discard the bones. Keep the liquid for your soup. 
  3. As this cooks, prep soup ingredients by thinly slicing all your onions. In a bowl, toss sliced onions with flour.
  4. In a Dutch oven, melt butter with a drizzle of olive oil, then add in your onions with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar. Caramelize for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, add thyme, bay leaf, and garlic and caramelize for another 45 minutes. Your onions should be a deep, golden brown color. 
  5. Add your wine and reduce for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, add your soup to oven-safe serving bowls, add a slice of bread, and sprinkle the cheese mixture on top. Broil until bubbly, about 10 minutes. 

Spicy Lentil Soup

Warming, comforting, and packed with protein, you can’t go wrong with this lentil soup. In fact, it might just be your new winter night go-to. 

Recipe adapted from Where Is My Spoon?


For the Beef Broth: 

  • 1 lb. Oreganic Stew Meat
  • 2 to 3 Oreganic Beef Soup Bones 
  • 3 to 4 bay leaves 
  • 10 black peppercorns 
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries 

For the Lentil Soup: 

  • ¾ cups yellow split lentils 
  • 2 to 3 celery stalks 
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. turmeric 
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander 
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger 
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes 
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice 
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste 
  • Parsley for garnish 


  1. For the broth, place the beef, bones, peppercorns, cloves, bay leaves, and allspice into a large soup pot. Cover with water (about 2 ½ liters) and slowly bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 2 hours. Strain broth into another pot. Reserve the meat and discard the spices and bones. 
  2. Place the stock and meat back into the soup pot.
  3. Chop the celery, red bell pepper, carrot, and onion into small cubes. Add the vegetables, turmeric, ground ginger, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, and ground allspice to the beef broth and cook for 10 minutes. 
  4. Add the washed yellow split lentils and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. 
  5. Remove the meat from the soup and chop into small pieces. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste. Dish into bowls, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve with bread of choice. 

Beef Stock or Demi-Glace 

In addition to the ultimate comfort recipes above, organic beef soup bones are an incredible base for beef stock or demi-glace. Make these recipes ahead and keep them on hand as a starter in gravies, chilies, soups, and sauces. 

Shop Organic Beef Soup Bones and More With Oreganic 

At Rocker 3 Ranch, we’re all about the “waste not, want not” lifestyle. In doing this, we respect the resources we have and find inventive ways to enjoy the products and dishes we love. Organic soup bones are the perfect addition to your winter meals—giving them depth and complexity but also utilizing fine cuts of beef down to the bone. 

Shop all Oreganic beef products on our online store.

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.

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!