Field Notes / Beef

Angus Beef - A Short History

Angus Beef - A Short History

Angus beef can trace their lineage to the mid 1800s from a Scottish breed of cattle, called the Aberdeen Angus. Angus were bred to be robust and sturdy so they could thrive in the cold Scottish winters. 
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Classic Steak Cuts

Classic Steak Cuts

Ever wondered why a New York steak is called such? Porterhouse? What is a T-bone?

Let's take a minute to break it down for ya. This post will feature classic "steak" cuts. I will do another post including the other parts of beef as you get it from the butcher down the line.

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Recipe - Smoked Chuck Roast Sandwiches

Recipe - Smoked Chuck Roast Sandwiches

I may be wrong but I don't think people buy chuck roasts as much as the old days. Maybe they do but I do know this, when you buy a share of beef, you will definitely get some chuck roasts as part of the cuts package. You can make a good pot roast that will stick to your ribs of course, or you can do it this way, which is my preferred method.  
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Live Weight vs Hanging Weight

Live Weight vs Hanging Weight

These are fancy cattle with good carcass genetics from registered Angus cows, bred by the top Angus and Wagyu bulls available, animals that we have raised with care and kindness. Pigs too.

Let’s assume an average sized 20 to 24-month-old animal weighs approximately 1,200-1400 lbs.; that weight is called the “live weight.” Once the animal is slaughtered, the skin, head, non-usable organs, and hooves are removed, and the carcass is split down the middle. This part of the process is done at the farm.

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Recipe - Beef Stock

Recipe - Beef Stock

One of the staples of the pantry should be beef and chicken stock and since you probably received a bunch of bones from the beef you committed to this year, you should be able to make a lot of it and store in restaurant-style take out containers for the fridge, ziplock bags laid flat in the freezer (not the best) or pressure canned for your larder. 
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Recipe - Fajitas (3Ways)

Recipe - Fajitas (3Ways)

Here are three super easy, super quick, relatively painless, and somewhat unique ways to make fajitas with your skirt, hanger, flank, or sirloin steaks!

For all - 2 lbs skirt, flank or sirloin

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Recipe - Hamburger Steak

Recipe - Hamburger Steak

People ask us all the time "what else can I make with all of this delicious ground beef?"  I mean, we LOVE cheeseburgers and spaghetti sauce but how about mixing it up?  

We do just that and it has become a regular on rotation at the Smith house.

Michael Smith
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Cuts of Beef

Cuts of Beef

At Lake Joy Farmstead we take great care of our cow.  Our cows are 100% grass-fed and grass finished. We use the very best haylage and alfalfa from throughout Washington state.

When you select your portion, from 1/8 to whole, we work closely with the butcher to cut your animal to meet your family’s needs. We estimate the

Michael Smith
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Big Table Fundraiser

Big Table Fundraiser

We were super excited to be a part of Big Table's fundraiser "serving those who serve us" restaurant and hospitality non profit!  Take a look!

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