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When it comes to food and drink, I love a good pairing. Here in Chicago, pairing menus are in restaurants throughout the city. Serve 5 different courses and offer a new taste (or glass cough) of wine that perfectly enhances and compliments each dish? Sign me up. Here's why you should buy your beef like you buy your wine.
During these dinners, the waiter or sommelier will go into great detail about where the wine comes from, even pinpointing a specific valley in the countryside perfectly located to provide ample sunlight. But do we ever hear that level of detail regarding the food we are eating alongside it? Isn’t it important to know where our food came from too and why it tastes so good?
So, why does Pre beef taste distinctly different and more delicious, than the other beef I find in the grocery store? Just like with wine, region matters. In order to grow individual varieties of grapes, you need a certain level of rainfall, a specific mineral content found in the soil, a particular amount of sunlight, and different temperature requirements to achieve the perfect vintage. The same strict standards are needed for beef. Here is why you should buy your beef like you buy your wine.
We source our beef like we would source our wine. We chose specific countries that provide the perfect environment for raising cattle. And within those countries, we dial it down to specific regions. All of our beef comes from New Zealand and the south-eastern regions of Australia (specifically Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales), and parts of the United States that allow for grass feeding and finishing on pasture year-round. The ample rainfall and mild climate of these areas allow for nutritious grass to grow and thrive so cattle can be raised on nutritious grass.
Farmers in these regions also utilize sustainable farming practices, combining sheep and cattle on the same pasture, for example. Sheep like to eat just about anything (weeds included!) so this lets the cattle munch on the grasses they prefer to enjoy.
Fun fact: Did you know that sheep and cattle both outnumber the human populations of New Zealand and Australia?
Why You Should Buy Your Beef Like You Buy Your Wine: Breed
The breed of cattle we source plays a big role in our Pre difference. We like to compare this to the variety of grape used in different wines. Each variety is going to taste different, thrive in certain growing conditions, and yield different sizes and color fruit.
The breeds we use when sourcing our beef are called British breeds. Examples of these include Angus, Hereford, Red Devon, Murray Grey and any cross-breeds. We use British breeds, as opposed to Tropical breeds such as Brahman because British breeds are smaller, gentler animals that provide high-quality beef.
Why You Should Buy Your Beef Like You Buy Your Wine: Age
And finally, just as aging is important in fine wine, beef needs to age too. Lucky for us, our beef can wet age in the time it takes to travel halfway across the world. Wet aging is the process of beef aging in a vacuum-sealed bag. This allows for the enzymes in the beef to tenderize the cut and enhance its flavor. When it arrives in Chicago, we are ready to cut steaks, grind the beef, and send it off to a store near you!
Just like with wine, region matters. In order to grow individual varieties of grapes you need a certain level of rainfall, a specific mineral content found in the soil, a particular amount of sunlight, and different temperature requirements to achieve the perfect vintage. The same strict standards are needed for grass fed beef.
Interested in learning more about why Pre provides the best beef from grass fed cattle? Here are some more resources you can check out!
- The Big Fat Truth About Pasture Raising Cattle
- Grass Fed vs. Organic
- Best Way to Cook Steak in the Oven
- What are sub-therapeutic antibiotics?
- How to Cook Steak on Grill