Last summer a friend of mine introduced me to my new obsession: the best kosher meat available. Over the years, I have become increasingly more aware of food choices, but I am most definitely a carnivore, and that is not changing. I’m not trading in my ribeyes for tofu, but I would like to feel good about what I am eating, an increasingly challenging task.
When Sara said that she was sending me a box of meat in advance of her visit last August, I was bewildered. I mean, I can buy steaks and whatnot all on my own, right? “Trust me. I love this company and their products. Just go check out the website,” she said.
So I did, and during their visit, we feasted on the best steaks I have ever had – kosher, not kosher, steakhouse, whatever. These little “filet mignons” which are actually the center of the rib eye, and not filet at all, are amazingly tender and flavorful. A few minutes on the grill achieved perfection. All it took was a few bites of deliciousness for me to be hooked. And I have ordered several times since then.
Recently, I made veal scalopini with garlic, lemon and white wine sauce over pasta, and it was incredible. The veal was tender and yummy. The best part? Grow and Behold‘s veal isn’t raised in a box. It is pasture raised and humane. And the taste is amazing. The same weekend, I made 72-hour sous vide short ribs.
The same weekend, I made 72-hour sous vide short ribs. Yes, I cooked these little short ribs for three days in a water bath of 138 degrees. It does take a bit of forethought, but the results are well worth it. I simply put them in Ziploc bags with salt and pepper, removed as much air as possible and into the water bath they went. Once they had finished cooking, I tossed them in a mixture of brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, garlic, dried onion, salt, pepper and a bit of orange zest and grilled them for about three minutes.
I thought I had made enough short ribs for four of us to have dinner, and still have some left for lunch. They were so delicious, that there were no leftovers and I was stuck with a boring salad for lunch.
Though Grow and Behold’s prices are, in general, much higher than standard kosher meats, the product is far superior, the end result is food that tastes better, and animals that have been treated well during the process.