Pasture-Raised, Dry-Aged, Angus Beef
Firsthand Foods’ beef producers raise their cattle exclusively outdoors on pasture in accordance with NC State University Extension’s guidelines for pasture-raised and finished beef production. Their cattle graze on a diversity of plants, get plenty of exercise, and grow to their mature weight naturally. You can taste the difference these low-stress growing conditions impart. Our producers raise predominantly Angus cattle for their natural marbling. Through innovation and dedication, they have refined a set of pasture management techniques specific to southern growing conditions that consistently yield great taste, quality, and nutrition. Our beef is dry-aged a minimum of 12 days to optimize flavor and tenderness.
Firsthand Foods’ producers must adhere to strict production protocols and meat quality standards, including no growth-promoting antibiotics or added hormones and limited use of all vegetarian feed. All animals are raised on the farm where they are born to ensure complete traceability.
Our beef is processed for us by Chaudhry’s Halal Meats in Siler City and Piedmont Custom Meats in Gibsonville, both USDA-inspected Animal Welfare Approved small-scale, family-run facilities.
One of our core values is accountability. We want our community of chefs, retailers and consumers to know and understand how the animals are raised and what goes into the quality beef we are proud to put our name on. We invite you to read our Standards and Farmer Protocols.
We’re excited to share this Stove Top Osso Buco recipe featuring Firsthand Foods pasture-raised beef. If you can’t find beef osso buco (also called cross-cut shank), ask one of our participating retailers to special order it. Or, if you have a whole shank, check out this recipe. Osso buco is a dish that originated in… Read more »
Whether you think of it as a warm beverage or the foundation for a great soup, beef stock is definitely better when homemade. Stock is quite simple to make. It requires some time and patience, but the payoff is a flavorful liquid that can be used in countless ways (listed below). As part of Firsthand… Read more »
Have you ever had an amazing beef shank dish at a restaurant? I have. That slow cooked, tender beef was the food of my dreams. The deep, rich flavor was so complex and wonderful. It was such a memorable dish. My quest to make something similar at home began soon after. I started researching recipes… Read more »