Cooking grass fed beef
I have been buying grass fed beef locally but have not figured out how to cook it so it is not overdone. Is there some site or chart that someone has done on this topic that lists the various cuts of beef and suggested times for cooking? For example how long do I cook a 2lb meat loaf of extra lean GFB in the oven? Normally I would cook it about 75 minutes at 350 degrees. I recently cooked steaks on the grill and they went from rare to well done in a flash. I don't want to have to experiment endlessly and ruin good beef so any help that my fellow CH'ers can offer will be appreciated.
Because grass fed beef is leaner than grain-fed, it has a tendency to overcook very quickly. One of the local beef purveyors advised using lower temperatures to cook grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef. As to cooking meatloaf, if you add some ground pork to the mixture, it will help to keep the loaf from drying out.
in New Zealand and Australia almost all of the beef is grass fed so I'd try looking for recipes from those places (e.g. Australian Women's Weekly cookbook series).
the Kiwi classic Edmonds cookbook says:
Guide to roasting meat at 160C-180C
Beef: rare 20-30, medium 25-35, well done 40-45 minutes per 500g
Approximate times for grilling (= broiling) meat
Beef steaks 2 - 2.5cm thick
rare: 3-4 mins per side, medium 5-6, well done 6 mins per side, then reduce heat and cook to your liking.
Their meatloaf recipe which is 500g ground beef and 500g sausage meat (pork) is 190C covered for 30mins, uncovered for 30mins (in a 22cm loaf tim)