Grass Fed Beef Cooking Confidence: Four Fail-Safe Tips for Preparing Beef

fail-safe tips for preparing beef

There’s a common misconception that cooking delicious, grass fed beef is difficult. We want to let you in on a little secret: it’s not!

With a few simple tips and techniques, you can confidently prepare flavorful and satisfying grass fed beef meals that your family and friends will love. Put on your favorite apron because it’s time to sharpen your culinary skills with four guaranteed, fail-safe ways to cook beef.

Tip #1: Always Have a Meat Thermometer Handy

We’ve all been there—that sinking feeling when you slice into your steak only to find a too-red center instead of a perfectly pink one. A common mistake is cooking beef too quickly on the outside, which results in a perfectly seared steak that is raw in the middle. A meat thermometer can help you avoid those mishaps in the kitchen.

You don’t need anything fancy, just a standard meat thermometer to help you determine whether your beef is ready and safe to eat. It also helps you better understand how long a cut of beef cooks at various temperatures. You can find a reliable meat thermometer at most stores starting at around $10. We recommend using one to ensure your Grass Run Farms beef is cooked properly.*

Tip #2: Air Frying for Effortless Beef Perfection

Air fryers are used for more than just French fries or buffalo wings; they can make a variety of meals simple to create in only a few steps. An air fryer is a hybrid of a deep fryer and a convection oven. It uses hot, circulating air instead of oil to cook your food, resulting in delicious and healthy results.

From succulent 100% grass fed steaks to flavorful ground beef, air fryers offer a quick and convenient way to cook beef. Depending on the wattage of your air fryer and your desired doneness, a steak typically takes between 7 to 14 minutes to cook. Raw ground beef cooks even faster, taking about 5 to 7 minutes.*

Most air fryers don’t require preheating before use, making them even more user-friendly to cook with than an oven or stovetop. Always refer to your specific air fryer’s manual for detailed instructions and cooking times.

Tip #3: A Slow Cooker—Your Set-It-and-Forget-It Solution

For those days when time is tight, the slow cooker is your hero. Slow and steady wins the race, especially when it comes to delivering tender and flavorful grass fed beef.

Not only does the low-and-slow heat of a slow cooker help tenderize your beef and infuse flavor, but it’s also a must-have for busy parents. Simply add your beef roast to your slow cooker in the morning and let it cook all day. You’ll get home to a house filled with an amazing aroma—and a hearty, grass-fed beef roast that tastes even better.

Tip #4: Experience Pressure Cooker Magic

It’s a trend we’ve been hearing about for a while now: Pressure cookers! What’s the magic behind this gadget? A pressure cooker builds steam pressure in a sealed pot that helps food cook faster. This high pressure also helps push moisture into the food quickly, which keeps your grass-fed beef juicy and tender.

Take our Instant Pot Pappardelle recipe, for instance. Simply brown your grass fed beef roast, sauté veggies and garlic, add a few other ingredients, and let your Instant Pot work its magic. This recipe—and your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker—make the creation of a family-favorite meal easy.

Craving more fast and tasty family recipes featuring 100% grass fed and finished beef? We have a full collection here.


*According to, the minimum safe temperature is 145°F for steaks and roasts and 160°F for ground beef.