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Pacific Pastures Grass Fed Beef at Henry's

Captain Jack Jun 30, 2010 11:56 AM

Does anybody have information about Pacific Pastures grass fed beef? Their ground beef is on sale at Henry's for $3.99 a pound. Thats a hell of a lot less than Homegrown Meats. Is this stuff the real deal?

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  1. honkman Jun 30, 2010 12:00 PM

    Pacific Pastures claim is that their beef is 100% grass-fed

    1. bizzwriter Jun 30, 2010 12:47 PM

      Definitely worth checking out. 100% grass fed, but not certified organic. Great price at $3.99/pound. Several natural foods retailers in NoCal have replaced their imported grass-fed beef with Pacific Pastures and are very happy with it. Article here: http://santacruzwire.com/index.php/fo...

      p.s. According to the Pacific Pastures website, Bare Back Grill in PB uses their beef, and it's also for sale at the Hillcrest Whole Foods.

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      1. re: bizzwriter
        MrKrispy Jun 30, 2010 01:18 PM

        how could 100% grass-fed beef NOT be organic? Perhaps they haven't filed for Certification?

        1. re: MrKrispy
          honkman Jun 30, 2010 01:22 PM

          100% grass-fed has nothing to do with being organic.

          1. re: honkman
            MrKrispy Jun 30, 2010 02:52 PM

            well, not to start up a Josh-style beef argument, but grass-feed seems like it has EVERYTHING to do with being called organic beef. If the cows are fed 100% grass you don't have the worries of contaminated feed nor the digestive issues ruminants have with digesting corn-based feed (no need for the antibiotics). What else would keep a cow from being called organic? The uses of pesticides in the grass?

            1. re: MrKrispy
              Josh Jun 30, 2010 03:04 PM

              There's not enough high-horsery and rancor for it to be Josh-style. ;-)

              Organic certification is very specific, and I believe that the USDA does not technically yet have such a designation for meat. What you can say is that the feed is organic, but I think grass pasture isn't categorized the same way (I could be wrong on that).

              It may be that Pacific Pastures isn't interested in going through the certification process, or if they're relatively new, then their land may still be in the 7-year transition period to organic certification. Too many unknowns here to make a judgment why it doesn't wear that label.

              1. re: Josh
                vinosnob Jun 30, 2010 04:28 PM

                I order online. Usually from Alderspring Ranch, but they've been sold out for a while so I just placed an order with Lasater Grasslands.

                The key is to find a purveyor who dry-ages the meat.

              2. re: MrKrispy
                honkman Jun 30, 2010 04:32 PM

                In my understanding "just" feeding them 100% grass isn't by far not enough but it also matters if the grass meets organic standards, the places where the cows are meet organic standards etc. to be certified organic. Also CJ below writes that apparently the cattles get worming medications which might be prohibitve to be certified organic

            2. re: MrKrispy
              Captain Jack Jun 30, 2010 01:28 PM

              Great article bizz, thank you. In it it says that the PP cattle are raised organically, but are given worming medication to prevent parasites. In my book that is a GOOD THING. No need for extra protien lol. Well I'm off to Henry's to pick some up. Grass fed burgers tonight!

              1. re: Captain Jack
                Encinitan Jun 30, 2010 05:57 PM

                Deworming uses antihelmnitic drugs, not antibiotics. Antibiotics are for bacteria. I doubt using such drugs would preclude organic certification, but I could be wrong.

                Re organic meat:
                USDA Consumer Brochure: Organic Food Standards and Labels: The Facts

                “What is organic food? Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”

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            jturtle Jun 30, 2010 07:52 PM

            I am being a bit lazy here, as the PB Henrys is just down the street but did they just have ground beef or any other "cuts"?

            1. leanneabe Jul 1, 2010 09:59 PM

              The Henry's in Poway has been selling filets, ribeyes, and strip steaks in addition to the ground beef. They're small cuts, but very tasty. The ribeye is small and thin, so you really have to watch it to make sure you don't over cook it.

              I can't say how the quality compares to Whole Foods or Homegrown Meats, but since Henry's is just down the street from us, it's certainly convenient.

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