Handling Clayton’s Organic Beef

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Beef dishes can be made as simple or as complex as your heart desires. Whatever your preference, there is definitely a Clayton’s Organic Beef dish that even the most inexperienced person can prepare at home. Have a look through our recipes to get some ideas.

If you are unsure how to prepare, cook or serve beef then the tips contained in this section will be of use to you. Just click on the relevant link to the left.


Storage of Clayton’s Organic Beef

For the best quality product, Clayton’s Organic Beef should be:

  • Kept refrigerated or frozen
  • Thawed in a refrigerator
  • Kept separate from other foods

Minimize the amount of time that meat is left out of the refrigerator prior to cooking to prevent spoilage. In addition, wash working surfaces, cutting boards and utensils after touching any meat. Refrigerate leftovers immediately.

Facts about Clayton’s Organic Beef in vacuum packaging

A storage method that works well for fresh or frozen beef is vacuum packaging. It helps to keep Clayton’s Organic Beef fresh for longer periods if properly refrigerated or frozen. The vacuum packaging is usually made from plastic material. The cut of beef is placed inside the bag, the air is removed creating a vacuum in the bag, and then the bag is sealed to maintain the vacuum.

Store chilled in vacuum bag in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or freeze if storing for a longer period.  It is normal to detect a slight odor immediately after first opening the vacuum bag. The odor should dissipate within minutes. Once the bag is opened, the beef color will change from a purple/red to a pinkish/red.

Facts about Clayton’s Organic Beef in a retail tray pack

Store beef in the coldest part of the refrigerator, keeping it as dry as possible. Keep beef covered (ideally in the original wrapping) to prevent moisture loss. If you intend to cook meat the day it's purchased, there isn't any need to take it out of the plastic wrap.

Freezing Clayton’s Organic Beef

We highly recommend you eat your selected cut of Clayton’s Organic Beef at the time of purchase, however, it can be stored frozen.

Recommended storage times relate to taste/flavor quality more than food safety. After a certain period of time, frozen food starts to dry out, so the smaller the item of food, the faster the effect. That's why, for example, it's recommended to freeze ground beef for up to 3 months, and roasts up to 6 months. Beyond this time, the meat will be safe to eat but quite dry.

Re-freezing defrosted meat is not recommended unless it is cooked first, for a number of reasons:

  • The quality suffers each time frozen meat is defrosted and refrozen. Freezing creates ice crystals within the structure of the meat (as meat contains a high percentage of water). These ice crystals rupture the fiber which causes the meat to bleed when defrosted. If repeated, the texture of the meat will be dry.
  • There can also be microbial risk as a result of refreezing meat without cooking it first.


Preparation of Clayton’s Organic Beef

So you have purchased a fresh cut of Clayton’s Organic Beef and you are ready to cook your favorite meal. Before you rush into cooking, perhaps you would like to consider some of the preparation tips below to ensure you have the best eating experience possible.

  • Bring meat to room temperature, trim meat of any fat.
  • Don't salt meat before cooking. Salt will draw out juices.
  • For extra flavor, marinate meat.

If you have frozen your Clayton’s Organic Beef, the best way to defrost it is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight. However, if time is limited, it is possible to defrost your beef in the microwave.

Microwave Defrosting

Always use the defrost power setting so the heat melts ice crystals in the food without cooking it.

Remove the bag or wrap and elevate frozen beef on a microwave rack so that it keeps dry. Let large beef cuts stand for some time during and after defrosting to equalize the outer and inner temperatures and to ensure an even defrost. Large cuts take longer to defrost. And defrosting time is proportionate to the number of individual pieces you have. 

Remember that heat penetration is affected by density, so arrange the thickest portions toward the outside of the dish. Turn large cuts to ensure even defrosting. These same principles apply equally to reheating beef in the microwave. When reheating, cover beef dishes and stir occasionally.

Marinades

Clayton’s Organic Beef provides a unique taste experience on its own, however, it can be enhanced by a variety of tasty marinades.

Remember:

  • Marinating time varies according to the type of food and the intensity of flavor desired.
  • Meat can be marinated at room temperature for 2 hours or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Meat which is to be tenderized using an acidic marinade can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  • To speed up the marinating time by almost half place the meat in a plastic bag, seal and massage-in marinade for a few minutes and then place in coldest part of refrigerator for around 30 minutes.
  • Never use the marinade to serve over the meat unless it has been boiled for 10 minutes and then allowed to simmer for about 30 minutes, to kill any harmful bacteria.
  • Only use glass, stainless steel or quality plastic to make and store marinades, because the acid can react with some surfaces.
  • To stop the spices from burning a dry rub/marinade; just before you put the meat onto the hot plate or grill, squeeze some lemon juice over the meat.
  • About 1 cup marinade (10-12 tablespoons) is enough for 2 pounds of meat.


Try one of the following marinades for your Clayton’s Organic Beef to add flavor to your meat:

Spicy Vindaloo Marinade
Combine 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1 teaspoon minced chili, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 2 teaspoons turmeric, 2 teaspoons hot mustard, ¼ cup white vinegar and mix well.

Mediterranean Marinade
Combine 3 cloves crushed garlic, ½ cup tomato paste, ½ cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons oregano, ¼ cup red wine and mix well.

Honey Mint Marinade
Combine ½ teaspoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ½ - 1 teaspoon minced chili, 1 tablespoon fresh mint, 2 tablespoons honey and mix well.

Horseradish Marinade
Combine 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 tablespoon horseradish cream, ½ cup white wine, 2 teaspoons chopped parsley or coriander, 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard and mix well.

Lemon and Oregano Marinade
Mix the juice of 1 large lemon with 1-½ teaspoons of salt and pepper, ½ tablespoon of dried oregano and 2-3 crushed garlic cloves.

Spicy Tomato Marinade
Grate ½ large onion and cook with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 crushed garlic. Add 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, ½ cup brown vinegar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, ½ cup tomato paste and ½ cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Satay Marinade
Combine ½ cup dry red wine and 1 tablespoon sesame oil with ¼ teaspoon five spice powder, ¼ teaspoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 teaspoons grated ginger and 1 crushed garlic clove.