Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rocky Mountain Organic Meats - Review & Giveaway (ENDED 2/6/12)

For my entire life, my cousins have been cattle ranchers in South Dakota.  During my childhood, that meant a steady supply of high quality, fresh beef on our dinner table almost every night.  This was during the 70s and 80s, at a time before use of hormones and antibiotics to spur growth had begun to creep in. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case with most cattle producers.


When Rod Morrison of Rocky Mountain Organic Meats offered me the opportunity to try out their products, I jumped at the chance.  And he made me do my homework on organic meat!

Rocky Mountain Organic Meats offers the finest Certified Organic grass-fed beef and grass-fed lamb. All of their meats are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished and come from the best cattle and sheep country the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Their livestock is raised the old-fashioned way; no steroids or growth hormones, no antibiotics and no grain. Their only additives are clean water, lush grasses and fresh air resulting in lean and delicious organic grass-fed beef and lamb.

Some interesting things I learned 
  • I used to wonder when I'd see meat labeled "natural" in a grocery store, if it was similar to "organic"?   People often wrongly assume this, but they are NOT the same.   There is no verification system required for using the word natural - in other words, it doesn't mean much at all.  Not so with organic ... if it has this label, it has adhered to strict government guidelines:
  • Only the USDA Organic seal means the product is certified organic.   Seeing it means these stringent standards have been adhered to:
  • Born and raised on certified organic pasture
  • Never receive antibiotics
  • Never receive growth-promoting hormones
  • Are fed only certified organic grains and grasses
  • Must have unrestricted outdoor access
  • Rocky Mountain Organic Meat livestock is 100% grass fed, which results in the leanest possible meat.  It also results in fantastic flavor!
  • Raising your livestock organically greatly increases the quality of the animal's life.  The USDA's National Organic Program specifies living conditions - including access to the outside, direct sunlight, fresh air, and freedom of movement for all livestock.  They have to be pasture based, actively grazing on a daily basis.
Confinement?  What's that?

Why is it better for the environment?

There are many, widely acknowledged benefits of organic farming.

Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don't use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. Organic farming systems rely on ecologically based practices.  For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.
 
Organic farming practices are designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality.

Open range

Organic farms do not release synthetic pesticides into the environment, some of which have the potential to harm local wildlife.  They are better than conventional farms at sustaining diverse ecosystems - populations of plants and insects, as well as animals.  And when calculated either per unit area or per unit of yield, organic farms use less energy and produce less waste, such as packaging materials for chemicals.


If your family is in a position to do so - choosing to support farms that caretake the environment and the animals they raise in an ethical manner is certainly a positive way to spend your food dollar.

So how did it taste?

Honesty dictates that I reveal it was not myself, but rather my husband, who cooked with the Rocky Mountain Organic Meat ground beef that we tried out.  I got home late from work that night, and he does more than his fair share of the cooking 'round our homestead!


Interestingly, while the burgers were still on the grill he came inside and commented to me, "That is really nice meat!  It doesn't have that wierd, slimy feel to it.  No funny smells, like other hamburger often does.  It looks great."

Remember the comment I started out with, that I was raised on high quality, rancher cousin beef?  I'm pleased to report this was probably the best tasting hamburger I've ever tried.

One of my other favorite products is the Honey Peppered Beef Jerky.  I like my jerky tender, versus dry tree bark-like - and this was perfect.  A hint of sweet.  A hint of dried red pepper.  Pure delicious!

Take the Rocky Mountain Organic Meat taste test challenge of their grass-fed beef vs. industrial beef - I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Where you can learn more

Conventionally grown produce generally costs less, but is organic food safer or more nutritious? Get the facts before you shop.  Here is a link to one of the articles I enjoyed when doing my research, if you are interested in learning more.


Where you can purchase

You can order Rocky Mountain Organic Meats online, and have them ship right to your door!   Their packaging is more than sufficient - your meat comes frozen and freshly vacuum sealed, tightly contained in a foam cooler, packed along a bag of dry ice.

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If you order before Jan 31, 2012 - London Broil is 50% off!  I sampled this as well, in a broccoli beef stirfry.  It was so flavorful, it almost didn't need any sauce or seasoning!

Organic grass fed London Broil



The Giveaway

My biggest and best giveaway yet!

Rod Morrison of Rocky Mountain Organic Meats has generously offered to ship to one of my winning readers 7 pounds of Certified Organic Ground Beef - because it is "Nature's Best Gift"!  And because I said "pretty please" ... he will also be including a package of my favorite Honey Pepper Jerky!

Disclaimer/Warning:  The only hitch, is that he asked me to warn you if you win, you "will never be able to swallow the cheap ground beef ever again".  Ouch.  It's true.



I was provided some samples of Rocky Mountain Organic Meats at no charge, for my review, but the opinions expressed are my own.


* Additional references used:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organic-food/NU00255
http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5082653
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_beef
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/organic-food-healthier-for-you-and-the-planet.html

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67 comments:

  1. Yum! We are always looking for good cuts of meat and it seems like it's getting harder to find them. Everything looks delicious, but I'm especially intrigued by the jerky. There's nothing like a good piece of jerky to snack on :)

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  2. I'd like to serve their 12 oz NY Strip Steaks for supper tonight.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. I think I'd get one of those London broils, cut it up and make beef stroganoff. Stroganoff is on my mind, anyway, because I bought stuff for it at the grocery store today. *sigh*

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  4. Organic Summer Sausage sound very nice for dinner.

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  5. I would LOVE to try the sirloin steaks.. They look delicious.

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  6. Wow, I am soo hungry now. Since moving to GA I have had a hard time finding a good steak. Thanks for the giveaway, I know where I will be buying from now. Good luck everyone!

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  7. We are steak people and I would love to try their Kansas City Strip Steaks dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

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  8. I'd love to have a nice Brisket to cook! After the first meal, it makes fabulous "Texas Cheesesteak" sandwiches.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  9. I love a good Ribeye!!!!

    skyrobinson@yahoo.com

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  10. I'd love to serve their (grilled) NY strip steaks.

    safety_chick@hotmail.com

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  11. Ribeye
    copperllama a tyahoo dot com

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  12. Ribeye all the way!

    wildorchad at rambler.ru

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  13. i would love to get the Sirlion Tip Roast they are so yummy I bet!

    mytauna@gmail.com

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  14. I would make some cheeseburgers using Organic Grass Fed Ground Chuck.

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  15. I'd love to try the Tri-Tip Roast!

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  16. Lisa Lee Cook Would love tho make the NY Strip Staeks sound good right now!

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  17. some nice burgers or steak! Rib eye

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  18. I would love to try the London Broil :)

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  19. The Flank Steak looks delicious!

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  20. id serve the ribeyes for dinner!!

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  21. i would take any of the steaks<3

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  22. I'd love to have the organic beef brisket..yum!

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  23. We buy our beef and pork from a local farmer in NC too. Can't beat it, and more importantly, it tastes great. I love talking to all the farmers. Great folks. And gotta say, love me some rib eyes and t-bones any day of the week!

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  24. Not a big meat person. My husband is so he'd really like me to win this:)

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  25. I'd love to serve the chuck roast http://www.rockymtncuts.com/catalog/chuck-roast-one-roast-p-47.html?osCsid=9lou6hph7qrssk8dndefiltrc7

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  26. I'd love to serve flank steak, grilled w/black pepper. Yum!

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  27. Bacon cheese burger!!! We LOVE a GREAT hamburger!!!

    Shannon
    getbig67@gmail.com

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  28. The NY Strip steak - YUM! Thanks!

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  29. Oh, I would love their Organic Steaks...YUM
    tarter95 at hotmail dot com

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  30. I would like to serve the Organic Beef Brisket. Actually, I'd love to serve it in the Spring, after we get the Smoker ready to go. The roast is the perfect size for it.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Oooh - the London Broil! Haven't had a good one in a long time, we love them because you can cook them just the way you want - that one on the website looks to die for!!!(HollyCunningham)

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  32. Just signed up for your RSS feed to my Google reader.... and seriously - the Sneaker boots?!?!?! Your 6 yr old.... WOW! Bet she's adorable, too - that's one of those comments you'll always remember, Lol!

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  33. Organic Summer Sausage sound very excellent for dinner.

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  34. For dinner I would have a roast with potatoes, carrots, onions, and mushrooms. Yum!Yum!-This is the type of beef I was raised on. Thank you so much for having this awesome giveaway.
    :) Jeanne

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  35. Man, what DON'T I want to serve for dinner?? hahaha. The Organic Summer Sausage looks awesome. I need some warm weather!!

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  36. Chicken & Dumplings with the organic chicken
    chavonne.harvey@yahoo.com

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  37. I hope we win. That beef looks very good. (Danalee Davis)

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  38. I think the honey peppered beef jerkey looks really good, and I would also like to try the sirloin steaks as well. Thanks for the giveaway. (Adam Davis)

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  39. Oh wow- the 12oz NY steaks please, thanks!
    farrah dot ritte at gmail com

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  40. I'm due with my first baby in 3 weeks and it would be AMAZING to have this wonderful meat sent directly to my house!

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  41. YUMMY! I would love to have the Top Sirloin on my plate tonight.

    Thanks!

    dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

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  42. Ground beef patties. Hamburgers sound really good!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. London Broil top round ROAST. Yummy!
    xoxoxo

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  44. beef brisket
    bodhibearinfo/gmail

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  45. Thier organic roasts look yummy! I would love to cook up one of those!

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  46. I would like their New York Strip steaks!

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  47. I'd love to have the

    Organic Beef Garlic Sausage!

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  48. I would love to try their Tri-Tip Roast

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  49. I'd love to put this on the table - Tri-Tip Roast.
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  50. I'd love to have their Chuck Roast (ONE - 3 lb. Roast)for supper!
    aigcanada7 [at] hot[mail] dot} (com))

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  51. I would love to serve the organic flank steak.

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  52. I would love a good ribeye or a nice tri-tip roast. mmmm.

    Thanks.

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  53. Actually, the chili they have pictured with the ground beef looks really good!

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  54. I would love a good Tenderloin.

    rrudnick@netnet.net

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  55. The grass fed organic roast looks great! And I just want to say this is the BEST giveaway I've ever seen! I love organic meats, I think it is so important. I could go on forever about it. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    juliihack@gmail.com

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  56. I'd love to try the Organic Grass Fed Ground Sirloin.

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  57. wow - I'd love to serve some great ribeyes for dinner!
    tried to leave my twitter username on my entry, but it wouldn't let me so here it is: @chichijunk

    chichijunk at cs dot com

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  58. I would love the Tenderloin Value Pack for dinner tonight.

    alysonbrown1002 at yahoo dot com

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  59. Nothing like a good Ribeye! Makes me want to rethink what I planned for dinner tonight!!

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  60. my.. so many great choices... yet NY strip please :)yum yum!
    tristazmail yahoo com

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  61. Ashlee MacLeod DavisFebruary 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    I would like to serve some NY Strip Steaks for dinner tomorrow night! With some roasted new potatoes and carrots, and some steamed broccoli or brussel sprouts. Yum!

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  62. London Broil - haven't had any in many years

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