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Feb 7, 2011 08:43 AM

Dry-aged Grass-Fed Beef

Are there any butchers in Austin selling dry-aged, grass-fed beef?

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  1. Whole Foods (Lamar) has Dry Aged and Grass Fed, but I am not sure if they sell the combination.

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    1. re: Paul Silver

      The butchers at WF state that Grass Fed beef is fairly low in fat, hence, not a good choice for dry-aging.

      1. re: Andrew Zachary

        yeah, that is my understanding as well from the reading i have done on aging.
        you need a nice big fat cap and some marbling.

        maybe grass-finished could work.

    2. You can find dry-aged, grass-fed beef around Austin, though you might have to visit a farmer's market, as opposed to a butcher. Richardson Farms ages at least some of their grass-fed beef... I think maybe for a couple of weeks. And I'm pretty sure it's only available frozen.

      In general, I'm not a huge fan of domestic, grass-fed beef, and I've had more than my share. Though I can understand the appeal from an environmental standpoint. From a purely taste-oriented perspective, which is what I'm primarily interested in, it's hard to beat grain-fed or grain-finished, IMO. And the more dry-aged beef I try, the more I agree with those who argue that it takes 6 or 7 weeks of dry-aging minimum for the flavor to really hit its stride.

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      1. re: Steven Dilley

        did you read serious eats' research on dry aging, with the pat la frieda sides of beef they used?
        made me drool.

        1. re: dinaofdoom

          Thanks for pointing that out. I had missed it. I've been lucky enough to have some of the La Frieda beef at Minetta Tavern that he mentions in the piece... incredible stuff.

          1. re: Steven Dilley

            i was very jealous of kenji and all his "research".

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        1. cajun stuffed meat market wrote in today's newsletter that they have a dry aged rib eye for sale that's ready the for eatin'.
          not sure that it's grass-fed, but figured i would post the info.

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          1. re: dinaofdoom

            There must be something wrong with my pallet and I hate to admit it because people will gasp at me but I think grass fed beef tastes dirty and gamie.

            1. re: girloftheworld

              Depends on the cow, the grass they ate, etc. However, grassfed beef tastes like beef. Growing up on a small ranch, that happened to be grassfed in hindsight since back the 70s/80s that's just how you raised cattle, we always had one butchered every 6 months or so, it's how beef is suppose to taste, IMO. Once I went to college and after, I always thought supermarket beef was bland.

              The best tasting grassfed beef I've had since I started buying it is from the American Criollo Beef Association outside Abilene. Just ordered another 20 lbs that ship on MON.

              1. re: achtungpv

                maybe I just had bad grass fed ones then? I know that if cows get out on a farm and eat the wrong stuff it can make the milk taste funny. I guess I will keep trying.

          2. I've never asked about the aging or source, but I will vouch for the prime meat at Lee's Meat Market down by 38th and Jefferson.