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Grass Fed & Finished vs Grain Fed Beef

Beef Grass fed

What's the difference in grass fed & finished vs grain fed beef? The way we label meat products in Australia can be very confusing. As farmers and consumers we are frustrated by how hard it is to get to the truth on how our food is produced so we can make informed choices at the checkout. There’s a big difference between grass fed and grass finished beef and grain fed beef and just to confuse things, grass fed beef too.  Grass fed and finished beef refers to cattle that have have eaten grass their entire lives—a 100% grass diet. This is what we produce and sell at the...

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This Week's Recipe: Chicken Liver Pate

Chicken Recipe

Not too long ago liver was a once-a-week dish in households. Making your own liver pate is a delicious way to reintroduce this traditional food back into our diets as well as solving the 'what to snack on' problem when you are next standing at the fridge door trying to crack the code on a healthy and satisfying bite to eat.  In many cultures organ meats are some of the most prized parts of an animal. Across the world livers, hearts, kidneys, brains and sweetbreads are revered rather than sent to waste. They are rich in antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins A and D as well...

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The Pros and Cons of Buying Frozen Meat

For members of our community who have shopped with us before, you would know that our meat is sold frozen. As a business we spent a lot of time researching and understanding the pros and cons of freezing meat and in the end, frozen trumped fresh. The only caveat to this is, if you have a direct relationship with a farmer you can trust and can source fresh grass-fed meat (not Cryovaced 'fresh') from them straight after the meat has been butchered and eat the meat within a couple days, then that would trump buying frozen. The cons Frozen meat requires thawing which essentially adds a small...

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Bone Broth Recipe

Bone Broth Recipe

Immune-boosting, nutrient dense and anti-inflammatory, bone broths made with pastured chicken, vegetables and herbs like turmeric and ginger are full of nutrition and excellent for skin, digestion and arthritic inflammation. Want to know the secret to really gelatinous broth? Adding Ethical Farmers Pastured Chicken Feet.   Ingredients 1kg Ethical Farmers Pastured Chicken Bones (or leftover roast meat bones from Ethical Farmers Whole Pastured Chicken) 500g Ethical Farmers Pastured Chicken Feet 2 - 2.5L water (enough to cover the bones) 2 celery stalks, chopped 2 medium carrots, chopped 1 onion or a couple of shallots or leeks, chopped 4 tbs apple cider vinegar or lemon (or 50:50) 2 cloves of garlic 2...

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What's in a Sausage? 

At Ethical Farmers one of our core values is transparency. With BBQ season in full swing, it feels like the right time to start a conversation about snags. What goes in them, what makes a good one, and which ones you want to avoid if health and meat provenance are important to you.  Our sausages are made from 70/30 muscle & trim to fat ratio from our grass-fed beef or lamb and pastured animals like pork and chicken. By muscle we generally refer to the leg of the animal which we currently don't utilise for cuts such as topside and silverside. By trim, we mean the offcuts...

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