When does the lean to fat ratio of grass-fed beef make it not worth bothering with? I found a VERY close (I have no idea how I missed the field of longhorns driving by it three times a week, but it happened) source with what I think are reasonable prices (grass-fed, no hormones/antibiotics), especially considering I won't have to waste much gas to get it -
$3.50/# for 95/5 ground beef
$5.50/# choice roasts/liver
choice filet/ribeye/t-bone/sirloin between $10.00-$12.00/#
they do bulk for hanging weight with butchering/packing for $3.75/#.
...anyway, the rancher touts the beef as "naturally lean Texas longhorn" and such, and with that sort of fat-to-lean ratio, am I getting much benefit over the grain-fed stuff (aside from ethical issues)? I suppose I could ask if she sells the suet, perhaps?? It's just literally down the street - talk about buying local. Heeeelp.
grass fed is leaner but not all GRASS FED is the same. You need to invest time and finding the right farm or rancher. A good butcher should not cut the animal in the same way as a convential butcher does either. Cheaper cuts will be better.