Properly cooking pasture-raised meats is important. Commercially raised animals require different cooking since their meat is formed under very different circumstances from free roaming, naturally fed animals. Naturally raised animals get plenty of exercise and they take longer to "finish" therefore the meat can be tough when cooked if not cooked properly.
1. Make sure your pork chop is fully defrosted.
2. Pat the pork chop dry, bring it to room temperature and season liberally with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet, preferably cast iron, at a high heat and add lard (to cover pan) or another heat tolerant oil like bacon fat or cold-pressed olive oil. Heat until the pan is nicely hot.
3. Don’t crowd the chops. At a high heat, sear (there will be noise!) for 2 minutes on each side, watching out for spatters—if you have a grease shield use it, and if you have an apron don it; you want the chops to be beautifully browned.
4. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook the chops until they are cooked through, flipping once more to cook for about 2-6 minutes depending on thickness.
5. The chops should be firm when pressed with a spatula. Please note that pastured pork will have a firmer texture because of the pigs free range lives. If you aren’t confident in monitoring the doneness with touch, you can use a thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is between 145 and 150 degrees F.
6. Let rest at least 5 minutes before eating.
7. Caramelized onions are the perfect accompaniment and can be fried while you let the chops rest. So simple and so good! Enjoy
Grass-Fed Beef is More Nutritious
Grass Fed Beef contains a far better nutrient profile than grain-fed beef. Pasture raised meat contains significantly higher Omega-3s, Vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and contains higher levels of CLA (conjugated lineolic acid) and minerals.
Grass-Fed Beef is More Humane
Pasture raised cows receive plenty of fresh grass, clean air, sunshine and exercise and live like cows were meant to live. These are all critical elements denied of over 90% of our country’s farm animals today.
Grass Fed Beef is More Environmentally Friendly
Farms that raise pasture raised animals build quality soil, not deplete it. The cow manure from grass-fed cows becomes a natural fertilizer, not a major waste management problem like in factory feedlots.
Grass-Fed Beef is GMO & Antibiotic Free
Grain-fed cows have diets composed of genetically modified (GMO) corn and soybean products. Not only that, but cows fed grains suffer many digestive problems because cows aren’t designed to eat grain. A cows stomach is supposed to be a neutral ph. But when cows eat corn and grain, it creates an acidic environment in their stomach, making a very sick animal. An acidic stomach boosts E. coli and pathogen counts in the gut and encourages the spread of disease. As a result, the animals get sick and need antibiotics and medications.