After going Meatless for May, I wanted to explore alternatives to factory farmed meat. At the Farmer’s Market this weekend, I spotted Treaty Rock Farm, which was selling grass fed beef from cattle raised locally in Rhode Island. The animals eat grass as nature intended, and as a result the land is less polluted and the meat ultimately has a lower content of saturated fat. But it still comes down to taste, right? The farmer had samples of a roast, and even though it was only 10am, I took a bite. Mmmm, it was good!
My Mom and I decided to get some ground beef to make hamburgers for the family. I shaped the meat into patties and set my Dad to work on the grill. I ate my burger plain, but my Mom dressed hers up with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
The verdict? Unfortunately, the burgers were somewhat dry. The fact that the meat has a lower fat content makes it easier to overcook, and grills don’t offer a lot of control. Please don’t blame the farm for this one; I appreciate their efforts to create a supply of sustainable meat. After doing some additional research, I would opt for a different cut of meat next time, and use a wet cooking method such as braising. As always, I’ll keep you posted!