Tasting the La Cense Beef
I'll confess, I'm not much of a meat-eater, in fact, I was vegetarian for years. So when the folks from La Cense Beef offered to have me try out there product I wasn't as overjoyed as some might be. Nevertheless when I do eat meat, I do want it to be worth the experience so I decided to check it out. La Cense went one step further, offering me the help of a cook, the charming Sylvia Reiman of Lets Get Cookin. Sylvia and I took over a friend's kitchen for an afternoon of delicious meat eating.
Sylvia came prepared with a ribeye steak, a filet and four thick burgers. Everything was vaccum-packed and Sylvia reported that it the products had come packed in a heavy cooler with dry ice and were frozen solid when she got them.
Why does grass-fed beef matter? For cows, grass is natural food. Cows that are raised for beef are often fed corn and soy with added hormones to help them grow faster. Grass is low in starch and high in protein whereas corn and soy have high carbohydrates and low fiber. Meat from grass-fed cows has more vitamin A and E making it a better choice for those who want to be healthy but still eat meat because it offers more nutritional benefits.
Gallery: La Cense Beef
Does grass-fed make a difference as far as taste? I think so. The meat is denser and more flavorful. The La Cense burgers were very juicy but not excessively fatty and full of a rich flavor. Sylvia prepared them with toasted buns, butter lettuce, tomatoes and sauteed onions. No fancy condiments needed, these were just simply good burgers. Eight six-ounce burgers will cost you $26.97. The good thing about these burgers is that they are very filling. We cooked these indoor but they would be perfect for the grill.
The steaks were also excellent. The ribeye was definitely a cut above average with deep marbling and a rich beef taste. A 9.5 ounce steak costs $18.88. Although I don't eat a lot of meat, when I do I like it fairly rare which can be a test for some meat. This meat was tasty and not too touch.
The filet was even more of a treat. It was a small and thick round of beef with extraordinary flavor. It was ridiculously easy to cut and had a wonderful velvety texture. At $21.88 for a five ounce steak it's not exactly inexpensive but it is worth it.
Also sometimes, because I don't eat that much meat, I can find it hard to digest. I found no such problems with the La Cense beef.
How delicious were the burgers? Here's a video of me enjoying the La Cense Beef:
Grass Fed Beef burger from Alexia Prichard on Vimeo.