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StarK-GLATT OUR STORY: Kosher Pastured Meats

FAQs

About Our Pastured Meats

Is the meat fresh or frozen?

Your meat will arrive frozen or refrigerated. Since we freeze our meat immediately, it is much fresher than most frozen meat you find in a store. The professional chefs who shop with us prefer our frozen meat to anything else available fresh.

August 2020 Update: Occasionally, due to extremely high demand at this time, meats may be delivered fresh (not yet frozen). This is because of very quick turnaround between when the meats arrive at our freezing and distribution facility, and when they are delivered to you. They can be stored in the refrigerator if you are planning to cook them soon, or put in the freezer for later use. This is a very rare occurrence and you should plan for your meat arriving frozen. We are unable to predict when, or honor requests for, meat to be delivered fresh.

Is Grow and Behold meat "organic"?

It's better than organic! Certification doesn't always mean everything you want it to mean; for example, USDA organic standards allow chickens to be raised in near total confinement and fed nothing but organic corn and still be called "free-range organic." Those practices are unacceptable to us; we want the animals to be outside and enjoy life in their natural setting. Our animals are all raised outdoors on pasture, with plenty of room to move around, forage and otherwise express their natural tendencies.

Do I need to cook pastured meat any differently?

In general, you can follow your favorite recipes for all our products. For our dark meat chicken, we recommend cooking at a lower temperature and with a little more liquid, for a longer time. (Since the birds actually move around, the leg fibers benefit from slightly longer cooking time to soften up.) Otherwise, since our pastured meats have so much flavor, you may find yourself grilling a steak or roasting a chicken with nothing but salt, pepper and olive oil so you can really enjoy the taste of the meat itself -- no complicated sauces needed.

Why are your cattle fed grain before slaughter?

Including some grain in our cattle's diet helps us deliver a more affordable, tender, delicious and consistent product. The animals NEVER receive growth hormones or routine doses of preventative antibiotics. Our finishing yards are clean, spacious and animals are healthy and well-cared for. Their 100% vegetarian diet (no animal by-products) consists of a balance of hay, grass and grain.

Although it's the topic of much press and conversation, feeding grain to cattle is not always a bad thing. Feeding cattle only grain makes them sick, which is the practice on large feedlots. We abhor the practices of these large feedlots, where overcrowded, malnourished cattle are routinely fed antibiotics to help them put on weight for slaughter as quickly as possible. However, cattle naturally eat grain in their diets (grass seeds are grains), and people have been feeding animals limited amounts of grain for milennia to produce flavorful, well-marbled meat (see Harold McGee, On Food and Cooking, p. 135). In contrast to feedlot beef, our animals are healthy as evidenced by our extremely high kosher rates and extremely low incidence of illness. Grain is gradually introduced into their diet in the last few months, and is never more than 50% of their diet (the remainder of their diet is grass and hay.) We inspect our farms regularly to ensure that conditions meet our standards. We examine every animal before slaughter, and again after slaughter (checking innards) and attest that our animals are healthy and do not suffer from the grain (in fact, they eat it eagerly!).

Is the feed GMO-free?

While the arguments for and against GMOs are complex, we do encourage our farmers to use GMO-free feed where possible. All our poultry receive GMO-free, locally-milled feed. Lamb receive a very limited amount of conventional feed (only while in transit). Beef feed is conventional. Note that in all cases grain feed is a supplement to the diet of pasture grasses available to the animals at all times.

When we assure you that our meat is produced according to the strictest standards of kashrut, animal welfare, worker treatment, and sustainable agriculture, we do mean just that: we are taking many aspects of meat productions into consideration to produce the best kosher meat on the market. We have spent considerable time and effort exploring the field (including working on small farms, in butcher shops, and slaughterhouses across the country), and we haven't yet been able to find beef produced with GMO-free grain that also meets our other standards, including feed being grown nearby, being able to slaughter the animals upright and in facilities near to where they are raised, supporting small farms and production facilities with good working conditions, (including healthcare for the line-workers), while producing high quality delicious meat under rigorous kashrut supervision. These aspects are all critical to us in piecing together the puzzle of kosher sustainable agriculture today.

If avoiding GMOs is of critical importance to you, we hope you'll check out our pastured poultry.

Do you sell prepared foods?

Most of what we sell is raw frozen meat. However, some of our items are ready to enjoy with a little heating up: broths, deli meats, sausages and hotdogs and our BBQ Short Ribs. We do not sell prepared meals.

Do you sell eggs or bison?

While we do hope to carry bison eventually, we have yet to find farms that meet our rigorous standards. It is not practical for us to ship or deliver eggs at this time, but we suggest that you talk to a vendor at your local farmer's market or search on Local Harvest for a nearby source.

Are all meats kosher for Passover?

All of our raw Beef, Veal, Lamb and Poultry are kosher for Passover year-round with no additional markings on the package. Additional kashrut information can be found here.

My vacuum package arrived with a small puncture. Is the meat still good?

Sometimes sharp bones or rough handling by the shipping carrier will cause punctures in the packaging. Additionally, dry ice can make the plastic extra brittle and prone to breakage in transport. However, your meat is still completely safe to eat; we recommend defrosting it over a plate or bowl to avoid leakage.

Ordering & Product Details

What are my delivery options?

Please see our Delivery & Shipping page for more information.

Can I modify my order after it is placed?

There is no way to add or modify to your order from your customer login. We strongly encourage you to complete your order with items that are currently in stock, since there is no way to know for sure when specific cuts or sizes will be available. 
In order to maintain a safe working environment for our team, orders cannot be modified, cancelled, or combined after they have been packed. Orders are packed relatively quickly after being placed, limiting the ability to make any changes.

What does ~ mean for weights? Why do you sell meats in a weight range?

To keep our fulfillment system practical and manageable, products with variable weights are sold in a weight range (this includes most frozen meats, with the exception of deli meats, sausages and beef jerky). We keep the ranges as small as practically possible to minimize the variation you might receive. If a price/lb is shown with a *, it is an estimate for comparison purposes only, since the price associated with each weight is the price for all items within that weight range.

This chart shows the weight ranges for all our products:  

WeightVariance
less than 0.99lb 0.05lb
1lb - 2.19lb 0.1lb
2.2lb - 2.74lb 0.30lb
2.75lb - 10.24lb 0.25lb
10.25lb - 19.99lb 0.5lb
over 20lbs 1lb

We keep the ranges as small as practically possible to minimize the variation you might receive. Sometimes you will receive a bit more than the listed weight, and sometimes a bit less. Our customers find that on average they receive what they are expecting. But if you find that your actual weights in an order are all below the listed average, please snap a picture of the weight labels and send it over to us, and we'll be happy to make things right.

How much does each piece weigh?

We strive to keep consistent sizes within packages, but meat is a natural product and there may be some variation. To determine the individual weight of each piece, divide the Total Weight by Total Pieces, which you'll see displayed just above the "Add to Cart" button. In this example, a 1.7lb box of Denver Steaks contains 2 steaks. Each steak would weigh approximately .85lbs, or 14oz.

Why do some items have quantity limits?

During this time of unprecedented demand, we are using quantity limits help to ensure that as many folks as possible can get what they need. We are increasing our supply, although demand remains very strong. We are adjusting limits regularl, with the goal of reducing or removing them altogether, although we may have to bring them back depending on demand.
This is a time to get creative with your menu. If you can't serve one steak per person, slice them and serve a platter family style, with meatballs, chicken or duck on the side if needed. Try something new -- it's all delicious. Please be in touch if you would like a recommendation of what to try next.

How can I see only items that are in stock?

We have added a feature to our site that allows you to filter search results or the product on any category page (for example, "Steaks" or "Chicken") to only view items that are currently available. Here's how to use the filter on desktop or mobile:

Desktop

 

Look to the left-hand column on any product listing page (ie, the "Steaks" or "Chicken" page). Below where it says "Refine by", select "In Stock" under "Availability".

Mobile

 

Click the white box that says "Browse by Availability, Brand and more". A dropdown menu will appear. Click on the first box under "Availability" labeled "in Stock".

How can I find out when an out-of-stock item is back in stock?

When you're looking at a product that is sold out, you'll see a sign-up box labeled "Coming Soon". Enter your email address and we'll send you an email as soon as the product is back in stock. To find the sign-up box, click on the product from a listing page (as if you were going to purchase it) to find the box where you can sign up for an alert.

Alerts are sent in the order in which they were requested, and the number of alerts sent is dependent on the number of products available. Receiving an email alert does not guarantee you'll be able to purchase the product. We recommend you set a flag in your email program to watch for the alert when it comes, since high-demand products often sell out quickly once they are restocked.

I placed two separate orders. Can you please combine them?

In order to maintain a safe working environment for our team, orders cannot be modified, cancelled, or combined after they have been packed. If you place two orders, they will ship separately.

What are your delivery policies?

Please review our delivery, cancellation, privacy and other policies here.

Promotions & Special Offers

Can I get credit when I refer my friends?

Yes! We love it when our customers tell their friends. We offer a 15% coupon off a first order, and a $25 store credit once your friend places their order. Sign in or create an account here, then click here to launch the referral panel and find your unique referral URL!

Will you support our community auction/ad book?

Please contact us with details of your event. While we generally do not place paid ads in program journals, we can generally offer a gift certificate for an auction. Due to the high demand of requests, however, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. Please email us at info@growandbehold.com for more information.

Covid-19 Health & Safety Updates

What changes have you made to your procedures to ensure the health & safety of employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic?

Our top priority is to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, and to continue to bring you the quality meats that you expect from Grow & Behold. Here's what we're doing to keep our employees and customers safe:

  • Sharing NYSDOH recommendations and keeping employees updated on current information. 
  • All employees regularly wash hands before starting and returning to work, and frequently throughout the day. 
  • Employees are wearing masks to cover their nose and mouth
  • Employees who are ill do not come to work. We have always provided paid sick leave at Grow & Behold. 
  • Supporting our staff who work from home if their children are home from school.  We ask for your patience and understanding if there is more background noise on the phone than usual when you call us, since many of customer service staff have children at home.
  • Practicing social distancing in our production facilities, including physical restructuring, the use of new or different equipment to facilitate social distancing, and updated procedures
  • Contact-less tipping for home delivery is now available through our website. Drivers will not enter homes or apartments (we will still enter apartment buildings). Drivers will put packages down by the door, but not hand them directly to customers. Drivers will wear gloves during delivery.