You want to do good by the animal, the farmer, the worker, the environment, and you and your family's health. You've made the decision to eat consciously, and now you're looking at our prices, thinking, 'that's a lot of money!' We would argue that our prices reflect the True Cost of Meat
and that "cheap" meat isn't all that cheap. However, we do understand your budgetary concerns so here are few tips to make the most of your purchase.
The most important thing you can do is buy a meat thermometer and follow these Cooking Tips
. Grass-fed meat and pastured poultry cook differently than their industrial counterparts so following these tips will help ensure that your purchase comes out of the oven tender and juicy.
Meat Minimalism (eat less meat)
If you didn't think the folks at KOL Foods were a little off before, you might have cause now. A meat company that says, "eat less meat?" What's next, kosher shrimp? But seriously, Americans didn't always eat as much meat as we do now and there isn't really a good reason for eating more than a 4oz serving or 56g of protein per day (most Americans consider 8oz a serving and consume double the recommended protein). Below is a list we put together of some tips for reducing meat in your diet:
- View meat as a treasure or a treat. Consider the amount of resources and effort that went into raising the animal and then getting that steak to your table - you’ll appreciate the hard work it took!
- Gradually wean yourself off of over-sized American portion sizes over a period of 3-6 months.
- Replace some of the meat protein you consume with plant protein: quinoa, spinach, lentils, beans, nuts.
- Share a steak or a breast fillet. Remember 1lb of cooked meat = 4 servings.
- Buy more vegetables and learn how to cook them in different ways: become a CSA member, eat seasonally for variety
- Use meat as a flavoring or a condiment: stir fry, pilaf, salad topping, pasta sauce, meat broths in soup with a small amount of meat
- Precook and freeze beans, lentils and rice for later use as a convenience
- Have meatless Mondays or only eat meat for dinner
- Cook a "normal" amount of meat for Shabbat, only have 4oz portions and use the rest of the meat to flavor your meals for the rest of the week.
- Cheat every once in awhile - life is short, so enjoy it!
Make the Most of a Whole Chicken or Turkey
To save money and get the biggest bang for his buck, KOL Foods COO, Robert, only buys whole poultry even though he's not a huge fan of dark meat. Here's what he does to get the most out of a whole chicken (use the same concept with a turkey or anything with bones):
1. Roast the whole chicken and eat the breast meat for Shabbat dinner. As a meat minimalist, Robert cuts the breasts in half to make four servings and serves it with three different vegetables to make a hearty meal. There's never a limit of vegetables in his household but meat is treated as a treasure. Use the pan drippings to make a rich gravy (to pour all over the veggies) or retain for step 2. Debone, cube and freeze the dark meat for step 3.