The 16th Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range continues to highlight and feature locally grown grass-fed beef that has been aged for 21-days. The tradition continues with raising cattle in our tropical climate and ranchers are perfecting their grass-fed beef for chefs and families to enjoy!
Advantages of Grass-fed Beef
Many of us are eating grass-fed beef and forage-fed animals today for their health benefits. Yet, many of us are unaware of the environment, social and economic factors. In The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook by Shannon Hayes she discusses all of these advantages of the grass-fed beef industry.
Grass-fed meats are rich in the “good fats” known as omega-3 fatty acids which helps in lowering high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. It is a rich source of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA’s) which have been linked as a source in cancer prevention. Hayes also shares, “these meats are known to contain antioxidant vitamins and are much less likely to carry the virulent strain of E. coli 0157:H7.”
Pasture raised animals encourages and improves land management with soil fertility, eliminates waste management problems and keeps our wide open landscapes.
Cattle and animals raised in open pasture fields have less diseases and stress, are able to exercise and act on their own natural instincts. Ranchers and farmers have less respiratory related illnesses found in large scale operations.
Locally owned based ranches and farms provide a service to their community with the product of grass-fed beef and forage fed animals. They tend to hire local workers and the most important benefit is that when you purchase grass-fed beef from a farmer or rancher locally – it keeps them in business!!!
Prepare great meals with your family with locally grown grass-fed beef from our island: hamburgers, tacos, chili, stews, kabobs, teriyaki and kalbi, stir fry with local veggies, pot roast and more…
Want to learn more? Join us for Cooking Grass-fed Beef 101 at 3:00 p.m. with KTA’s Derek Kurisu for $10 at www.brownpapertickets.com. Free shuttle service will be available from Anaeho`omalu Bay.