Yes, this has been a most unusual year! We sold out of all our availability by May - which for us was wonderful, but a big disappointment for some of you!
Here's how our availability works: at this time of year we need to decide how many calves to hold back from auction and keep over the winter and into the next growing season for our freezer beef business. We generally have an idea of our customer's needs and add to the hold back herd to cover potential new-comers. This year we were caught off guard by the increase in inquiries and orders.
We are trying to stay ahead of the curve for 2021. If you are interested in ordering for next year, let us know! We need your delivery preference (May, August or October) and whether you are considering a SIDE, SPLIT SIDE, or a SPLIT. This "indication of interest" will help us plan better for 2021.
Simply click here to send us your interest...we do need to know by Halloween (just prior to Auction time).
Well, we are happy to report that we have sold out of all our Black Angus freezer beef for 2020! Honestly, what a strange (in an awesome way) year it has been! With everyone at home cooking - as well as the price of our collective groceries on the rise, we can see how $4.50/lb looks good on your grocery budget!
We have been very happy to participate in filling your freezer in 2020 and so look forward to hearing from our customers on special recipes to make those particularly interesting cuts... Flank Steak anyone?
Due to the overwhelming demand for our freezer beef this year, we have been able to organize our yearlings so that we can make some available for processing end of October with an early November delivery date.
If you are interested in grass-finished Black Angus beef, look no further!
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the response to ordering our Black Angus Freezer Beef this year! Thank you to all our customers who purchased our freezer beef for May and August delivery!
For those of you who we had to disappoint with the "Sold Out" sign, we have organized ourselves to open a third availability option for early November delivery. Based on the interest in our beef this year, I would not delay getting your request (deposit) into us so that you won't be disappointed by any further "Sold Out" signs!
Thank you to all our customers who purchased our freezer beef for mid-May delivery! Next step is to get those Butcher instructions into us - if you haven't already! We will be back to you shortly with the weights of your orders and our anticipated delivery date.
For those of you who we had to disappoint with the "Sold Out" sign, we are now working on our mid-August orders. Based on the interest in our beef this year, I would not delay getting your request (deposit) into us so that you won't be disappointed by another "Sold Out" sign!
Many people ask us how things have changed for us during these Covid-times.
Well: the sun keeps rising, the calves keep coming (up to 70 on the ground now!), horses are getting bored with their daily non-routine as spring weather brings on its own spectacular changes - and everyone needs to be fed! This time of year (from November to May) is known as 'down-time' for us. Despite some very late nights in the barn managing our calving routines; with daily chores we are in our regular annual ranching-isolation mode.
We have been very careful to make sure when we are off-ranch, we practice social-distancing, curb side pick-up, and any visiting to the Ranch has been limited. But like I said before, life goes on here and the livestock must be cared for! So I guess nothing has changed, while everything has changed.
On that note, we will update all of our customers who ordered for mid-May delivery with our delivery protocol. We do have a SIDE left of our May inventory, so if you still wish to order, we have availability as a SIDE or 2 SPLITS! Just let me know if you want to participate!
In the meantime, be good to one another, enjoy your time together getting reacquainted with each other!
and yes... wash your hands!
We need to receive your intention to order (deposit) by March 15th if you want to participate in the May delivery of our fabulous freezer beef!
Don't be disappointed!
Here is a doneness chart to help you know when to pull your roasts or steaks from the heat! The temperatures in this chart are final doneness, so you need to remove your beef about 5-10°F before these temperatures are reached.
And not to forget your ground beef...
YES, YOU NEED FREEZER SPACE! The rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for every 25-30lbs of packaged meat.
YOU REALLY SHOULD INVEST IN A MEAT THERMOMETER! The only way to tell if beef is done is by the internal temperature, not the color or the cook time! The temperature of cooked beef will continue to rise as it rests. Here's a trick, remove beef from heat when the thermometer reads about 5-10°F lower than the desired doneness.
HAVE YOU TRIED A SMOKER? We absolutely swear by our smoker! We have placed some lesser value roasts in the smoker and had them turn out melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
WHAT ABOUT A SLOW COOKER? The average crock-pot can hold a 3-4lb roast! Just layer in your veggies, etc and let it cook all day! We hear nothing but good things about the "instant pot" - our daughter has one, we will let you know how that's going!
The portion cuts are what makes up your order. These cuts are wrapped in butcher paper, stamped (identify what's in the package on the outside of the package) and flash frozen - all based on your cutting instructions.
Sounds simple but here's the thing: many cuts of beef come from the same area of the primal - which means for instance, you cannot get a T-Bone Steak and Strip Steaks at the same time! But you can get Tenderloin and Strip Steaks!
Not only that, but one cut of beef can have several different names for example, a Strip Steak can also be called a NY Strip, KC Strip, or Hotel steak, just to name a few!. This causes problems when navigating through our cutting instructions. Talk about confusion!