You probably already know that when choosing meat, organic grass-fed meat is a great option for your family. Loaded with health benefits and farmed humanely, grass-fed animals are guilt free and great tasting.
However, once you’ve chosen to buy organic, it can be hard to determine how to pick out the best piece of meat from the rest. Although most meat labelled as certified organic should be great quality, fresh is always better.
Here are some essential signs to look for in fresh organic meat:
• The entire cut of beef should be a bright red colour. Any that is turning brown may not be as fresh.
• Similarly, avoid beef that is dark red in colour. This is known as ‘dark-cutting’ beef and can occur when the animal is stressed before slaughter, resulting in tough meat. Although this is unlikely with animal welfare a top priority for organic meat producers, it still pays to watch out for.
• Fresh beef should spring back when pressed by the fingertips.
• Go for meat that feels cool to the touch. Meat that is too warm is likely to have been kept in the wrong conditions.
• Visible fat on lamb meat should be white in colour.
• Lamb meat should vary from pink to red in colour. However, like with beef, avoid dark coloured meat.
• If you are able touch the meat directly, it should not have a sticky texture.
If you’re still unsure, asking the advice of the person supplying you with the meat is always a good idea. And if you’re buying pre-packaged meat, make sure you remember the ultimate rule – always check the best before date!