Cooking Tips from McLaughlin Farm
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Before grilling bring the steak to room temperature and lightly sprinkle coarse salt on both sides of the steak. Start the steak (1 1/2”thick) over the hot area of your grill, sear both sides, and then move the steak to the cooler portion of the grill. Keep the top down as much as possible. Ideally the internal temperature of the grill (with the top down) should be around 300°-325°. Grill the steak about 5 minutes per side until reaching an internal temperature of 120° (away from the bone). Remove the meat from the heat and loosely cover with foil, let it rest for 5-10 minutes, and then serve. This should produce a rare to medium rare steak. The internal temperature continues to rise during the rest period, thus it will reach approximately 125°-130°. Resting also allows the meat to retain juice. Cutting the steak immediately without resting, will cause much of the juice to flow out of the meat.
When making the patties don’t overwork the ground beef . The less you handle the meat, the better the burger’s consistency.
Cook the ground beef in much the same way as steak. Sear it on both sides over the hot area of you grill, then move to a medium heat until reaching an internal temperature of 150°-155°. Remove the hamburgers from the grill, cover loosely with foil, and let the burgers rest for 5-10 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 160°, at which point it should be very slightly pink inside. Ground beef needs to be cooked throughout as all parts of it have been touched by the cutting blades of the grinding machine. Reaching the proper temperature is the only way to assure your meat is safe. You may want to experiment a little, double checking with the thermometer. When the burger starts to feel firm, it is about done. Cooking slower allows the internal portion of the burger to cook without drying out the outer part of the meat. Do not press the burger while cooking, as it forces the juices out of the meat. Also, keep your eye on the fire, as it is easy to over-cook the burgers, resulting in a very dry piece of meat.
Cast Iron Skillet and Oven Method for Grass Fed Steaks
For those of you that love steak you might try cooking a Rib Steak or one of our other dry aged steaks on your stove top in an old fashioned cast iron frying pan! It is very easy and the results are fantastic! Follow these simple instructions:
Thaw your steak(s) in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Prior to cooking, allow the steak to come to room temperature.
Rub the steak liberally on both sides with coarse salt (a Grey or Himalayan salt works nicely!) and pepper.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 ⁰ F. While the oven is pre-heating, put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in your cast iron frying pan and heat the pan over high heat on the stove until the oil begins to sizzle. Sear the steak on each side for 2-3 minutes, and sear each edge as well.
When the steak is seared on all sides, place the cast iron pan with the steaks, uncovered, into the pre-heated 400 ⁰ F oven. Roast the steak until it reaches an internal temperature of 120 ⁰ F (away from the bone). It may only take a couple minutes! Let the steak rest for 5 – 10 minutes in order for the meat to reabsorb the juices. The internal temperature continues to rise during the rest period, thus it will reach approximately 125°-130°. Your steak should be medium rare when sliced!
This method does not take long and it will create some smoke so be prepared to use your kitchen fan!
See the recipe for Super Slow Roast which gives directions for roasting various roasts, such as Rolled Rump or Sirloin Tip roasts so that they are fully cooked, but yet pink on the inside.
How to Cook McLaughlin Farm Sausage Links
The sausages (brats) are made with McLaughlin Farm Highland Ground Beef, which is dry aged and very lean. Thaw sausages before cooking. The sausages do not have a lot of fat content and should not be cooked over high heat which will dry them out. The sausage links are very good in buns and on pasta. The casings can be taken off and a couple flavors combined for breakfast sausage (Green Onion and Sweet Italian) or for pasta (Hot Italian and Sweet Italian).
Suggested Cooking methods:
Stove top – cook over medium heat with about 1/4 inch of water in the fry pan. Occasionally turn the sausage/brat links to cook evenly. After the water evaporates, brown the links briefly. Total time to cook is about 20 minutes. The sausages can also be cut into discs and browned.
Grill – grill over medium heat. Turn occasionally as not to overcook. The sausage/brat links will take about 20 minutes to cook through.
It is best to eat the sausages/brats right after cooking for premium moistness and flavor.
INTERNAL TEMPERATURE GUIDE
Thaw beef in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Do not defrost in the microwave!
Lean beef best eaten rare or medium rare!
Medium Rare: 130°-135°
Medium Well: 155°-165°
Ground Beef should be fully cooked (but not overcooked) when eaten.
Ground Meat 160°
Remove meat from heat before desired temperature since the temperture will continue to increase as it rests. For hamburgers and steaks cover loosely with foil and let the meat rest 5-10 minutes (temperature will rise 5°-10°). Let roasts rest 15-25 minutes(temperature will rise 10°-15°).
Juices are retained if the meat is allowed to rest.