Hi all, I was wondering where people have been getting grass-fed offal, and whether this is as important as getting typical grass fed meat cuts. For example, I live on the west coast where 99 Ranch sells lots of cheap obscure meat parts which I'm eager to try, but often have unknown origins --should I go for it? I'm not sure where to buy offal otherwise.
Also, still wondering about 99 Ranch (sorry if the chain is too specific...)--anyone know how the meat/fish was raised? I've heard the fish is super fresh, but don't know much else. I guess I'm wondering if anyone shops here regularly and have asked about this already, to save me a trip :) I'm newly paleo so if 99 Ranch works out, my new lifestyle wouldn't be so costly (currently getting meat from farmer's market/Costco fish). Thanks so much.
Check the Asian markets' frozen section. They often have NZ lamb priced very affordably. I recently picked up a large wild boar shoulder for six bucks a pound - not necessarily cheap, but cheap for wild boar in CA.
Not 99 Ranch but I've never felt so miserable eating meat as when I eat meat from the Korean market in K-Town. I've never bought the fish but the pork and beef they sell makes me feel horrible. I guess I get what I pay for.
I just bought a bunch of meat over the weekend from Chinatown in San Francisco. Many different cuts of pork for 70 cents to $2.50 per pound. I felt safest with the pork tenderloin since it was super lean and fat & organs is where all the toxins end up. I'd bet this meat came from the same distributor as 99 Ranch.
I have bought pork belly from 99 Ranch and it was delicious (though almost certainly a factory farmed pig). But I had to singe / broil off some whiskers (about the equivalent of a weeks worth of stubble) from the belly of the pig. Though maybe this is a sign of freshness??
Just today I was googling it - there is a number of grassfed online butcheries/farms, and some had all different offal, like tongue, heart, liver, kidneys... google is your friend :) It's probably more expensive, but you know exactly from which farm it comes, and they claim it's organic and free of any additives, nitrites (but got to check - I found one farm that had grass fed beef but were adding nitrites to their sausages).