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Apr 23, 2008 07:43 AM

Spring Creek Ranch beef?

For those who have purchased Spring Creek Ranch beef, what is your opinion of it? How does it compare to AAA grade sold in stores? And is there a substantial price difference? I'm just wondering if it's worth taking a drive to Riverbend Safeway (Edmonton) to buy some.

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  1. We buy it at our local butcher in Richmond BC and I think it is definitely worth it. The ribeye is the best steak I have ever purchased from a butcher.

    1. It is absolutely worth it, and you don't get all the extra hormones and antibiotics that you may get when buying regular AAA beef. We often buy the stewing beef for, well stew - and it always turns out like butter. I will dearly miss it when I leave Alberta.

      Not sure where you are, but you can get it at Wild Earth Foods on 99th St, just south of Sask Dr.

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      1. re: littlegreenpea

        How does it compare (in terms of flavour, tenderness, price, etc) to beef from vendors at the farmers market, such as Sunworks or Trowlesworthy?

        1. re: Dan G

          To be honest, I'm not sure that I've tried those vendors. I used to purchase organic beef from our local organic stores (I think it was a local product though), but it was always frozen. By comparison, I find Spring Creek to be more tender, and perhaps a bit more flavourful too. The price might be about the same. I currently have a Spring Creek boneless blade steak, priced at $9.90/kg; ground beef at $7.49/kg.

          1. re: littlegreenpea

            Maybe I'll stop by safeway and try it - I live in Terwillegar, and go to Cobs regularly, so not out of my way. My question about price was kind of silly because I have no idea how much I pay for beef from Trowlesworthy (though I do know it is less expensive than Sunworks). Paid about $7 for a 200gm striploin from Four Whistle (another market meat vendor) on Saturday. Flavourful, but not as tender as either of the other 2.

            1. re: littlegreenpea

              Thanks for the information. I am interested in purchasing ribeyes and sirloin roasts. But the ground beef sounds like something I should try for BBQ hamburger season. I live in the west end, so Riverbend Safeway would be closer than Wild Earth Foods.

              1. re: Libertycafe

                Hope you both give it a try. Do report back!

                1. re: littlegreenpea

                  On the way home from work, I had to go to bank in that plaza, and was just going to grab a pizza from Papa Georges, and remembered that was where I could get Spring Creek beef. Picked up a couple of pieces of tenderloin. It is expensive, at about $26/lb (I got two nice pieces for about $20). Damn! it is good. Very flavourful, and very tender. One piece (mine, while my wife's was perfect) had a bit of grizzle in it and even that was edible!

                  I bought relatively thin ones, only about 1 1/2 inches, but they had ones that were small diameter but maybe 2 1/2 thick. That would be a bit of a challenge to cook well, for me.

                  As it was, mine spent about 8 minutes on the grill. No seasoning at all - wanted to try them 'naked' for the first time.

                  Luckily I had some good stuff at home to accompany it, my dinner - the tenderloin, some grilled asparagus (Edgar Farms is back at the market for a while - yay!!!!), grilled red pepper and some wedges of both yellow and orange tomato - was far better than originally planned.

        2. I tried their sausage that is going to be on the market in the near future at a meat conference and it was GREAT! It was cranberry something and there was a more savory one as well. It'll be at safeways in Alberta soonish.