- 100% grass-fed*
- 85% lean
- Certified organic
- Humanely raised
- No animal byproducts
- No antibiotics or hormones
- Product of Washington State
*No grain diet: cattle graze on pasture rich in grasses, legumes, and herbs.
Our Ground Beef offers unsurpassed flavor and nutrition ... it's perfect for burgers, meatballs, lasagna, and more!
About our organic grass-fed beef
We source our beef from Skagit River Ranch
, located just 30 miles from Vital Choice in this famously fertile river valley.
As Chef Maria Hines, 2000 James Beard Award winner of The Best Chef Northwest raved, “The buttery, meaty texture will blow your mind!”
Our ranchers – the husband/wife team of George and Eiko Vojkovich – humanely raise a small herd of about 500 cattle on their certified-organic, century-old ranch.
The cattle spend their entire lives on pure pastureland, benefiting from rotational grazing on fresh, nutritious grasses, legumes, herbs. And to help keep them optimally healthy, they also receive a mineral-rich mix of sea salt and kelp.
Each animal is humanely harvested on the farm in a USDA-certified mobile unit … the first such facility in the U.S. operated by farmers.
To further enhance its tenderness and flavor, the meat is dry-aged for minimum of two weeks before being cut, vacuum-sealed, and quick-frozen to preserve its incredible quality.
A breed made in beef heaven
Our premium quality beef is a unique cross between two distinct breeds:
- Angus – An heirloom, grass-adapted strain of the Scottish breed
- American Wagyu – certified 100% purebred Wagyu from Japanese stock
Accordingly, Vital Choice Organic, Grass-Fed Beef combines the tenderness of Wagyu with the rich flavor of Angus.
George and Eiko breed their American Wagyu bulls with Angus cows from an heirloom strain that retains the breed’s original adaptation to fattening on pasture.
That advantage helps explain why their Angus triumphed “hands down” in EatWild.com’s grass-fed-beef taste test, while “… judges across the board described it as tender and succulent with excellent flavor.”
Beef is an inherently healthful food, rich in protein, iron, and minerals.
And our exclusively grass-fed, Organic Beef offers a healthier – and far more eco-friendly – alternative to conventional, grain-fed beef.
Compared with grain-fed beef, our pasture-fed beef is richer in at least three key nutrients:
- Omega-3 fatty acids. It provides almost six times more than grain-fed beef, and offers an optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. See “Basic facts about omega-3s and beef”, below.
- Beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) – an antioxidant that gives its fat a yellow-orange cast.
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – an unsaturated fat that appears to promote healthy weight and metabolism.
You may want to read author Michael Pollan on the subject of grass-fed vs. conventional, grain-fed beef … see “Modern Meat
” and “Power Steer
What about the saturated fat in beef?
The evidence long cited to link certain saturated animal fats with increased risk of heart disease was surprisingly weak ... and in recent years it’s been repeatedly, convincingly refuted.
This cogent quote comes from a 2012 interview with Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D.,
associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of more than 100 scientific papers on nutrition and health:
“Three groups of researchers have recently weighed data from all available large long-term studies that have tracked saturated-fat intake and heart attacks or strokes. All three found no association between saturated fat and heart attacks or strokes. People who consumed the highest levels of saturated fat had about the same rates of heart disease as people who consumed the least.”
Basic facts about omega-3s and beef
Consumers are often misinformed or misled about this topic. These are the facts:
Grass-based cattle diets yield significantly higher levels of omega-3s in beef, while omega-6 levels in grass-fed beef roughly equal those in grain-fed beef.
This results in a lower, healthier omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio in grass-fed beef.
The average omega-6/omega-3 ratio in grass fed beef is 1.5 to 1, but rises as high as 7.65 to 1 in grain-fed beef (Ponnampalam EN et al. 2006; Leheska JM et al. 2008; Daley CA et al. 2010).
- Most of the very modest amounts of omega-3s in grass-fed beef consist of the short-chain omega-3 known as ALA, which the body uses to make the long-chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA) humans actually require to thrive and survive.
- The human body converts one to 10 percent of omega-3 ALA into the essential long-chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA) found in human cells and seafood. It’s far more effective to consume DHA and EPA directly, from seafood and/or supplements.
- Grass-fed beef provides far less omega-3 EPA and DHA than an equivalent amount of seafood … especially fatty fish.
- Fish and shellfish acquire large amounts of DHA from their diets of aquatic plants and animals, while livestock get small amounts of ALA from grasses and other pasture plants.
Storage and thawing
Raw meat must be refrigerated at 40° F or below, to curb the growth of bacteria.
Never use a microwave to thaw your grass-fed beef. The USDA recommends thawing beef overnight in the refrigerator, at 40° F or below.
To quick-thaw frozen ground beef, remove meat from package and place on plate or skillet at room temperature. Flip every half-hour until thawed (one to two hours).
Or, immerse the unopened packages in cold water until flexible. (This is only recommended when you do not have time for the meat to thaw under refrigeration, as quick-thawing may degrade texture and cause moisture loss.)
Wash your hands well after handling raw beef. Keep raw or undercooked beef and its juices away from ready-to-eat foods (salads, snacks, etc.).
You can’t tell whether beef is safely cooked by looking at it. Beef may remain red-to-pink in the center, even when the meat has reached a safe internal temperature.
The USDA advises consumers that beef must reach an internal temperature of 145° F. However, this may result in meat cooked more thoroughly than desired (i.e., well done instead of medium or medium-rare).
Grass fed beef has higher protein and lower fat levels, and will usually need 25% to 30% less cooking time, compared with standard, grain-finished beef.
Choose recipes that don't mask the delicate flavor of grass fed beef … and help preserve its succulence.
To best protect moisture and tenderness, use the minimally essential cooking times and temperatures to achieve the desired degree of doneness.
To avoid over-cooking patties made from our grass-fed ground beef, reduce a regular burger recipe’s recommended temperature by 50 degrees. The cooking time will remain the same or slightly shorter, even at the lower temperature.
Bring your patties to room temperature before cooking, and always pre-heat your oven, pan or grill.
Use a thermometer to test for doneness. Since grass fed beef cooks more quickly, it can go from perfect to over-cooked in less than a minute.
We recommend that you use tongs to turn your burgers, because unlike steak, burgers will lose moisture when forked.
Frozen foods are packed with dry ice
and ship Monday through Wednesday (except holidays).
Frozen foods ship via 2nd Day Air service or 1-3 Day Express Ground service, depending on shipping date and destination.
Standard Shipping Fees
- Up to $49.99 = $4.95 shipping
- $50 - $98.99 = $9.95 shipping
- $99 and over = FREE shipping
Overnight shipping and other premium services cost extra; for more information, see our Shipping page
. (Live shellfish ship overnight at no extra cost.)
When will my frozen foods arrive?
- We cannot ship perishable goods to PO boxes.
- Free standard shipping applies to all orders of $99 or more sent to any U.S. street address.
- Perishable shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are subject to surcharges; please see our Shipping page.
- Orders placed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or before 10 AM Tuesday will ship on Tuesday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
- Orders placed between 10 AM Tuesday and 10 AM Wednesday will ship on Wednesday* to arrive 1-2 days later.
- Orders placed after 10 AM on Wednesday through 12:00 midnight Friday will ship on Monday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
*Except when a holiday falls on the designated shipping day.
For more information, see our Shipping page