Mmm. Steak of Ham. So part of me likes meat. And part of me wants the animals I eat to not live tortured lives up until they reach the chopping block. So I bought some meat from 8 O’Clock Ranch, a farm in upstate New York.
I heard about them through the grapevine. One chick I know got really into organic and good-for-you foods after she got pregnant and has been ordering from 8 O’Clock Ranch for a few years now. She did a ton of research on different farms, and seemed satisfied by 8 O’Clock Ranch meeting her wants. She gave me some of their meat to try, and I was in. It’s good stuff.
Price-wise, it’s not too expensive, either. New York State is considered a “local” shipping rate, so it isn’t some outrageous sum to get it shipped to your door. All of the meats come vacu-sealed and are in manageable portions. They’ve even got some lamb! But this is pork. However, maybe I’ll do a run-down in what I bought this go.
Fresh ham steak. This was an uncured ham steak. So pretty much just pork. It was like $3.50/lb (maybe $4.50 w/shipping included, but that’s still not bad). Albany John and I had about a third of it above. The rest is in the fridge waiting to get cooked up.
It cooked up nicely. Very lean – no fat really came off of it. And I didn’t overcook it! And quick, too. Maybe 10 minutes total. Maybe less. It was really tasty. It was fairly light for pork, and the texture was firm, but not stringy and dry or anything.
And to continue our usual United Nations of meals, Albany John made some farofa. It says it’s imitation bacon flavored, but it tastes fine to me. Toss in some onions and toast it all up in a pan with some broth. Yum. Good stuff.