Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin
Five 5-6lb Tenderloins (Approx. 28lbs total)
The tenderloin is a long thin muscle located on either side of the cow's vertebrae. Because the muscle is used very little during the steer's life, this cut is exceptionally tender. It is also rather lean. Tenderloins can be roasted whole, but are often cut into tenderloin steaks (aka filet mignon).
These whole beef tenderloins are sold with the extra side muscle on, but have been trimmed of most of their surface fat.
Grass Fed & Pasture Raised
Silver Fern Farms Angus beef is 100% grass-fed & finished, raised free range on massive, pristine pastures in New Zealand. No hormone or antibiotic growth promotants are ever used, and GMOs are illegal there.
Because of New Zealand's moderate climate, these cattle are pasture raised year round, with free access to windbreaks and other structures for shelter from inclement weather.
Selected for Excellence
Silver Fern Farms is a coop of small family farmers across New Zealand. The Angus program combines the Angus breed, renowned for superior marbling, flavor, and texture, with a grading system that ensures you get great beef every time. It has a clean, boldly beefy flavor without the heavy tallow characteristic of commodity beef.
Careful quality grading ensures it is consistently more marbled, tender, and flavorful than much of the grass-fed beef available in the US.
Not only is grass fed beef more humane, it's better for you too. 100% grass fed beef is lower in saturated fat as well as higher in valuable nutrients like vitamins A & E, conjugated linoleic acid (aka CLA), and omega-3 fatty acids.
Store grass fed beef tenderloins in your refrigerator until you're ready to use them. For extended storage, freeze them individually and store them in your freezer in a sealed container with as much of the air pushed out as possible (packed in vacuum bags would be even better).
RECIPES & TIPS
Grass fed beef tenderloins can be roasted whole in a 450 degree oven or sliced into tenderloin steaks. They can be sliced paper thin and served as Carpaccio with lemon & capers. Tenderloins pair well with sauces, particularly those involving red wine, mushrooms, pan drippings, shallots, black pepper, cream or butter.
Recommended Cooking Temps:
Rare - 120°-125°
Medium Rare - 130°-135°
Medium - 140°-145°
Medium Well - 150°-155°
Well Done - 160° and above
How to Tell Meat Doneness By Feel
Larger cuts of beef (like whole tenderloins) are best roasted with a probe thermometer, which allows you to remove them from the oven at exactly the right time. Because they will continue to cook from residual heat, you should remove them from the oven 5-10 degrees before your desired finished temperature. They also should be rested (on a clean plate covered in foil) for 10-15 minutes prior to serving or cutting, so the flavorful juices are less likely to run out.
If using steaks, rest for only 5 minutes.