Synergistic Desert Farming
Everyone finds the beef raisin’ and beef eatin’ so interesting that we don’t get to talk about our sister company nearly enough. But what CTS Greenwaste does for this family operation isn’t just important, it’s actually pretty cool. The elder sister by nearly a decade, CTS is the backbone of the operation. Landscapers, golf courses, cities and municipalities (which have included Tempe and Cave Creek), organizations with sustainability goals (such as SRP and the Department of Treasury)…. All have brought their organic waste to our site to be composted into mulch.
But the best part?
5 Things I learned Branding Cattle
To the left is a photo of our brand carved into wood that hangs above our door. The E is for Ellis, my maiden (now middle) name. The P is for Perry. The 3 is for our three kids with the rafter representing a roof. Our brand is a visual representation of our family coming together because that's what this business is for us - a family operation through and through.
I know it's not everybody's favorite subject, but it's an important -and necessary- part of raising cattle... and when I started this blog, I said it would be to share my journey, not just market our product. So here it is, 5 things I learned on branding day.
Common Myths about Frozen Meat
Some people live with the ‘fresh is better than frozen’ ideology, and they suffer needlessly for it! They lose opportunities to pre-make their favorite meals (thus enjoying delicious dinners even on busy nights), it forces multiple trips to the grocery store every week, and worst of all, they miss out on some of the best beef on the market.
Although the word “fresh” is often used to mean “not frozen,” whether or not its been frozen has nothing to do with how fresh the product actually is. In fact, freshness gets locked in during the freezing process and is used to facilitate the dry aging process (which is used to increase flavor and tenderness).
We have nothing against freezing and thawing our beef, which is always fresh off the farm. Freezing it locks in that freshness so you can store it in your own freezer after purchasing for as long as you like. Here are some of the most common ‘frozen food’ myths we have encountered.
How to Pair Beer and Beef
As many of you know, we at Perry Land & Cattle have a very unique relationship with Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, Arizona. (We’ll write another blog soon delving into that deep well of awesome-ness). To sum it up for the sake of brevity, they send us the nutrient rich leftover liquid from their brewing process (called ‘wort’) and we feed it to our cows. Hence, our beef is ‘beer fed,’ and this is a big part of what gives it the exceptional taste and superior marbling. But how do you properly pair the finest quality beef in Arizona with the best beer brewed in the state? Read on to find out.
The Perfect Way to Season Beef
Step 1: Start with some good quality beef. Whether you want to believe it or not…this matters a great deal. There’s a reason why beef comes at different price points: it has to do with the breed of cattle, the diet it’s fed, the way it’s raised, and the quality of the finish. Matching the breed with the environment in which it’s raised is also important. For our Arizona desert, for example, we choose hearty cattle who fare well in the heat. We’ve raised Angus, Charolais, Hereford and Beefmaster steers, which have all done exceptionally well in our climate. How long we finish them, the quality of grain we use, and our absolute refusal to use artificial hormones to bump their growth, all play into the delectable taste of Perry beef.
Trust me, you don’t want to ruin an expensive steak with the wrong seasoning.
Step 2: Blend your spices together and apply liberally. If you take step one to heart, this simple blend is all you need for perfectly seasoned steak:
This will give you enough for 4-6 steaks and if stored in an airtight container, will keep for a year. A pro tip from experience (and Southern Living agrees!)... apply salt-based seasonings 20 minutes in advance- preferably while the steak sits on the counter, coming to room temperature.
Step 3: Choose your favorite method of cooking. Whether you grill, pan fry, or roast in the oven… with great quality beef and a simple seasoning, you’re sure to have a delicious dinner.
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If you’re like many beef lovers, you’ve heard of ‘short ribs’ (because there is a short rib CRAZE going on right now) but don’t exactly know what they are. We’re here to explain and to help you discover the best ways to cook them. You may be surprised at how easy to prepare, and exceptionally delicious they really are.
The Symphony of Slow Cooking
This is delicious! What’s your secret?! We won’t tell if you won’t. Learn all about the benefits of taking it slow. This one’s for those who love the finer pleasures of dining without all the fuss.
Who doesn’t love a home filled with the teasingly delicious smell of dinner without even rolling up your sleeves? Slow cooking brings together all the best elements of simple ingredients, flavor-to-taste style, leftover ready, large batches, and brag worthy tenderness without breaking the bank on prime cuts. Grab a fork and get ready to experience your new favorite way to stay well fed.
Imagine this. It’s Monday morning and you’re starting to think about dinners for the week. You walk to your freezer, scan the contents, and easily decide on Taco Tuesday, Burger Thursday and plan to smoke a brisket on Saturday. You grab a package of carne asada, a pound or two of ground beef, and a 4-5 lb brisket from the freezer and place them in the fridge to thaw. It’s almost too easy!
Buying a side of beef (or a whole cow) is a great way to make life easier (saving trips to the store) and also gives you the peace of mind that your yearly supply of protein is already in your freezer! Getting your beef this way is a little different than grabbing it from the supermarket, however. Here are 5 things you should know about buying a side of beef.
A Cut Above the Rest
When its Perry Land & Cattle beef, it’s a cut you can count on. Tender, flavorful, well marbled… which cut is the right one for your table?
If you’ve ever found yourself staring blankly at the beef section in your local grocery store wondering which cuts of beef are superior, you’re not alone. Cut location, quality grade, feed type & cattle environment, these all play a role in the cut you choose. Choosing the right beef to feed your family should be a lot easier than learning the hottest new line-dance, and much less embarrassing. Let us fill you in on just what you’re looking for.
Re-Discover your Grill
It’s an art, a right of passage, and a great time that everyone can enjoy. Let’s teach you how to do it RIGHT. Check out some of the best tips on mastering your grill.
You’ve got to admit it, there’s just something about grilling that makes us feel alive. Maybe it’s the modern equivalent to hunting for what you eat. Or, maybe it’s bringing you back to the basics of actually caring about your food, instead of just punching holes in the top of a plastic container before you press 4:00 on the microwave. Whatever it is, we’re about to cover the best tips for keeping your grill game at its peak.
Alicia Perry, PhD, Owner/Operator and all around Hay Maven (see my blog post on the time I fell off a haystack...). I share industry insights, tips & tricks on grilling great beef, and my personal journey into the ranching world.