Frequently Asked Questions
Is this really “From our farm to your table"?
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What is meat “Traceability”?
It is the ability to know exactly where your meat comes from. Large commercial slaughterhouses and many large e-commerce butchers intermix parts, products, and ground meat from many different animals and many different sources. The Meat Industrial Complex does not keep track of the identity(ies) of the animal(s) in the packets they are selling. On the other hand, we do.
How “traceable” is Randall Lineback?
Each package of Chapel Hill Farm Randall Lineback can be traced back to an individual animal. To our knowledge, no other farm or online meat, beef, or veal company provides this level of traceability! These two facts, of single animal traceability and the fact that each packet is sourced from only one animal, provide the ultimate in food safety.
Is it true that “high fat equals high flavor”?
No. In cattle, the muscles that work the most are actually the most flavorful. That said, fat does help to carry flavor, so we need some fat, just not too much.
Fat and “marbling” are marketed as good things? What gives?
You wouldn't eat one stick butter, much less two! Have you noticed that when you eat a heavily marbled steak or a fatty hamburger, you often feel weighed down and greasy? Randall Lineback has rich flavor, but low fat, so you get all the yum without the food coma. It’s a lean, healthy protein, so you can have that incredibly delicious burger without sacrificing your health.
Why is it important for Chapel Hill Farm to sell Randall Lineback beef?
This is the survival plan for the Randall Linebacks, the rarest cattle in the world. Because they were not designed for the commodity world of the Industrial Meat Complex (and have not been genetically modified to satisfy it) the Randall Linebacks must earn their living as a specialty product. In today’s world of farming, if a breed has no commercial value, it goes extinct. That’s why we have dedicated ourselves not just to the care of these wonderful animals, but to creating an active commercial market for them. By giving them a job, we can save this breed! Our motto is: Eat Well and Do Good. You, the health-conscious epicure, hold the key to this breed’s survival.
Is Chapel Hill Farm Randall Lineback dry aged?
Yes, but for no more than a week. Our meat is then butchered, immediately vacuum sealed, and frozen to maintain freshness.
Is Chapel Hill Farm Randall Lineback free of antibiotics, steroids, and growth promoting hormones?
I usually purchase free-range and/or pasture-fed beef. Are the Randall Linebacks free range?
Yes! For our cattle there is no “indoors.” They are born, raised, and bred outside. They are social animals, most comfortable in a herd setting. They are also ruminants, meaning they’re built to eat grass. So we let them do what nature intended—they graze free-range on pasture grasses and socialize with their fellow Randall Linebacks.
How do I thaw my Chapel Hill Farm Randall Lineback?
Gradual thawing is critical to your enjoyment of this very special product. The frozen product, still in its vacuum package, should be placed on a plate in your refrigerator at 40°F or below. Ideally place the product on top of a small cooling rack on top of the plate to allow air circulation.
Can Randall Lineback be thawed in my microwave using the “Defrost” setting?
Gradual thawing in the refrigerator is always the preferred method of thawing. Microwave thawing is not recommended. However, if you decide that you want to defrost the Randall Lineback in your microwave, it must be removed from its vacuum packaging before microwaving.
Once the Randall Lineback is thawed in the refrigerator, what do I do?
Remove it from the refrigerator and let it rest at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Is there anything I should never do with this product?
Yes. Never thaw a package of Randall Lineback in warm water. Never leave the product to thaw at room temperature. While microwave thawing is not recommended, never put the Randall Lineback in a microwave in its vacuum packaging.
How should I season my Randall Lineback?
We think it stands very well on its own. We often just add a little salt and pepper for seasoning.
How should I cook it?
For your utmost enjoyment, the watchword is “be gentle!” Because Randall Lineback is lower in fat than commercial meats, it cooks quite quickly and shrinks very little. Keeping it pink is the name of the game- Do not let it go to “overdone” in the blink of an eye.
Is “resting the meat” important?
Absolutely! Just 5 minutes resting after cooking allows the Chapel Hill Farm Randall Lineback to relax and and reabsorb its delicious juices.
Are there internal temperature guidelines on cooking this product?
Yes. See table below for details.
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