In my very first post (all 3.5 weeks ago), I alluded to this amazing place that we special order our kosher, free-range, grass fed beef from. I’ve gotten a couple of questions about it, so I wanted to share the scoop with all of you.
The place is called Golden West Cattle. It’s located in Denver, Colorado and their beef is all glatt kosher. Their cows are grass fed, without artificial growth hormones or antibiotics, so while not strictly organic, I feel really good about buying this meat.
In addition, the meat is GOOOOOD. We have never gotten a cut of meat — from humble ground beef to extravagant flank steak — that isn’t absolutely incredible. And their prices are really competitive with the kosher beef options that I’ve seen at some Costcos or even from our local kosher co-op. You do have to pay for shipping, so I’d recommend ordering up to the limit for your shipping category or splitting with a friend.
A note on shipping: They send out their meat via 2-day shipping, unless you pay (a lot) extra for overnight. The meat will arrive in a huge cardboard box, with a styrofoam cooler inside. The cooler is filled with dry ice. I worried about defrosting the first time I ordered, but our meat has always arrived frozen SOLID.
If you’re wondering what I typically order, here’s what was in our last cart, a little over 6 weeks ago:
- 20 lbs of ground beef, individually wrapped in 1-lb packages — it’s less expensive to order 20 lbs at a time, and we go through it surprisingly quickly
- 2 4-packs of boneless chuck — it was on sale, Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Off
- 4 lbs of skirt steak — a special treat for my husband’s birthday
Even with the 9 days, we’ve gone through 3 pounds of steak and about half the ground beef, thanks to an awful lot of cook-outs on Sunday evenings. The boneless chuck will be used for cholent and stews come fall, although I may try it in the roast recipe that Amanda posted in the Kosher Recipe Exchange last week (see the comments for her recipe)!
So that’s the skinny on our mail order meat. Even if you live in a market with quick and inexpensive access to kosher meat (jealous, jealous, jealous), I still encourage you to give Golden West a try. Their meat really is THAT good.
P.S. Golden West Cattle has no idea who I am… well, actually, they might know who Mara in Kansas City is, since I order from them a lot and have emailed them on occasion. But they have no idea that I write a blog and they certainly aren’t comping me in anyway to say that their beef rocks our world!