Love Me Tender(ized)
Farmers Market Friends:
Happy Mothers Day to all the great women who have given us the love and support that makes us what we are today. This week for our Farmers Market tasting we prepared a marinated & grilled London Broil, a family favorite that some people consider to be a tough & cheap cut of meat. The term has no origin in England, rather coined by American restauranteurs attempting to elevate the perception of a lean & less costly cut of beef with European imagery. Often taken from the top round (hind leg), the close-grained muscle benefits greatly from being stabbed (50-60 times per side) with forks and tenderized in an acid-based marinade bath for 2-3 hours before being grilled or broiled and sliced thinly across the grain.
This is particularly true for the walking-around portions of older pastured beef. It takes us up to 28 months to bring a grazed animal to proper slaughter weight with a good amount of intra-muscular marbling fat. The beef has wonderful flavor enhanced by hanging (dry-aging) 2 weeks and can be a real crowd-pleaser as long as it is not dried out.
Marinades can feature soy, garlic, olive oil, ginger, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire, citrus, honey, paprika, peppers or some combination and create a welcome addition to your summer table. Remember that the fats in grass-fed beef melt at 30% lower temperature due to their more soluble nature (the healthy unsaturated fats). That moisture needs to be protected. Cook to no more than medium, please !! When the steak is ready remove it from the grill, allow to rest for about 5 minutes, then carve, cross grain, into strips. Great on mashed potatoes or served over a salad.
While farm-raised, grass-fed beef costs more than industrial commodity feedlot beef, you can support local agriculture and make the healthy choice for your budget conscious-family by utilizing less expensive cuts of pastured meats, preparing them carefully and exercising portion control.
Our miso-ginger-pineapple marinade for the London Broil yesterday sought to strike a balance between salt in the soy products and sweet from the fruit and brown sugar. The brown sugar can caramelize nicely as long as your flame is not so high that it chars it all to cinders. For 3 London broil steaks (approx. 2.5 lbs. each) we used the following (amounts are approximate) and let it soak all day:
2 small cans pineapple juice
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/2 cup or more organic tamari sauce or soy sauce (careful – much saltier than tamari)
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 package miso soup mix dissolved in 2-3 cups water
1 cup fresh ginger, peeled and chopped medium
1-2 T sesame oil (careful – the nutty flavor can overpower)
1-2 cups vegetable oil
Sea salt and cracked black pepper
Grill on medium about 8 minutes per side until texture just starts to firm up or on high for shorter time.
This week’s FARM FACT saves you 10% on your purchase of Treaty Rock Farm 100% grass-fed & dry-aged beef at South Kingstown Farmers Market this coming Saturday May 14th.
The Farmer’s Almanac Gardening by the Moon Calender identifies this week as: “a good time to plant Corn, Cotton, Okra, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant & other above ground crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens”. What is the name for the first full moon following the spring equinox ?? PASCHAL FULL MOON.
The terms derives from a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew “pesach” or Passover recalling the plague of Biblical lore visited upon the oppressive Egyptians who kept the Jews in bondage. The Exodus story tells how the people of Moses were spared the death of their firstborn by smearing lamb’s blood on the doorpost. The power to smite or spare was apparently not to be trifled with. The variable date of this full moon explains why Easter is a movable holiday, reckoned to fall on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, anywhere from late March to late April.
Have a great week and get out in the garden !! Thank you for supporting local agriculture. Treaty Rock Farm is proud to bring you 100% grass-fed & dry-aged beef grown LOCALLY, NATURALLY & HUMANELY. Let me know if you would like some FREE rabbit manure.
Respecting the Protein, PMB