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Beef and Mushroom Stew

Grass Fed and Finished Beef and Mushroom Stew This recipe is an adaptation of Nagi's (from Recipe Tin Eats) Epic Chunky Beef and Mushroom pie (we also love her Irish Beef and Guinness Stew). We've made a couple of tweaks, including replacing harder-to-find porcini mushrooms with more widely available (and more economical) shiitake mushrooms as well as removing or changing some of the inflammatory ingredients for anyone faced with autoimmune or gluten sensitivities. Serves 6 - 8.  Ingredients 1kg Ethical Farmers grass fed & finished diced beef (two packs)1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms 1 cup boiling water2 tbsp of our grass fed & finished...

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Pasture Raised Chicken vs Free Range Chicken

Chicken Pasture Raised

What's the difference in pasture raised chicken vs free range?  Understanding the definition of words used to label chicken can be confusing, time consuming and expensive. The photos and images used in marketing can further muddy the waters—a few chickens pictured on lush green pasture is often very different to the high density flock reality permitted within free range guidelines.   Pasture raised chickens must be able to obtain a significant benefit from the pasture and paddock they are kept on. At our farm in Dungog NSW, our pasture raised chickens are free to graze and forage on pastures, grubs, bugs, and microorganisms from healthy soil. For shelter, pasture raised chickens have mobile sheds...

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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 regular on the weekly menu for families. 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...

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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 pros  The ageing of meat stops when it is frozen and the meat can safely be stored for months. When meat is frozen straight after it is butchered (which is how we operate at Ethical Farmers) your meat couldn't get fresher. Despite the stigma around frozen, the impact on the quality of your meat is...

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