Campbell's Choice Cuts
All Natural Beef   
How much freezer space do I need?

A 5 cubic foot freezer will store 1/4 beef
A 7 cubic foot freezer will store 1/2 beef

What is Marbling?

Marbling is white flecks of fat within the meat muscle.
The greater amount of marbling in beef, the higher the
grade because marbling makes beef more tender,
 flavorful, and juicy.

University research is pointing to consistant feeding as the best
method to increase marbling. When calves are weaned from their
 mother they usually do not eat properly for a month. Our calves
have constant grain and hay during the winter. When they are weaned, they seldom
miss their moms.

What does "Natural" mean?

All fresh meat qualifies as "natural." Products labeled "natural" cannot contain any artificial flavor or flavoring, coloring ingredient, chemical preservative, or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient; and the product and its ingredients are not more than minimally processed (ground, for example). All Natural products should be accompanied by a brief statement which explains what is meant by the term "natural."

Some companies promote their beef as "natural" because they claim their cattle weren't exposed to antibiotics or hormones and were totally raised on a range instead of being "finished" in a feedlot.

Why is Beef called a "Red" meat?

Oxygen is delivered to muscles by the red cells in the blood. One of the proteins in meat, myoglobin, holds the oxygen in the muscle. The amount of myoglobin in animal muscles determines the color of meat. Beef is called a "red" meat because it contains more myoglobin than chicken or fish. Other "red" meats are veal, lamb, and pork.

Color of Beef

Beef muscle meat not exposed to oxygen (in vacuum packaging, for example) is a burgundy or purplish color. After exposure to the air for 15 minutes or so, the myoglobin receives oxygen and the meat turns bright, cherry red.

After beef has been refrigerated about 5 days, it may turn brown due to chemical changes in the myoglobin. Beef that has turned brown during extended storage may be spoiled, have an off-odor, and be tacky to the touch.

Quality Grades

Consumers have learned to rely on quality grades to project the palatability characteristics of beef. Quality grades of beef are determined by careful evaluation of age, marbling, texture, firmness and color of the lean. There are standards for each USDA grade of beef.

USDA Prime: The lean is highly marbled and usually very tender and juicy; outside fat may be excessive.
USDA Choice: The lean is average in marbling and usually tender and juicy; outside fat is variable
USDA Select: The lean contains some marbling; tenderness and juiciness can be extremely variable; usually not much outside fat.
USDA Standard: Little or no marbling; tenderness and juiciness extremely variable; very little outside fat.
USDA Commercial, Utility, Cutter and Canner: Generally applied to older animals. This beef is most often used in processed products and is rarely cut for the freezer.