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Welcome to the Laura’s Lean Beef blog, a new online forum covering just about every topic related to lean and natural beef, including (but not limited to) recipes, cooking tips, product reviews, nutritional information, healthy living ideas, sustainable farming and more.

Every day interesting ideas and opinions about good food and good living are being exchanged at Laura’s Lean Beef. It’s in that same spirit that we bring you this blog, where a panel of seasoned “foodies” will share some of the cool things going on inside (and occasionally outside) the world of Laura’s Lean Beef.

Chef and food writer Barb Freda will be blogging about recipes she’s creating in her kitchen, ranging from quick and easy weeknight meals to dinner fare with a gourmet flare.

Registered Dietitian Jenny Kramer will be offering real-world ideas on how to organize your eating to get more out of the foods that are good for you. As a working mother of a 14-month old toddler she has some special insights into dealing with picky eaters and also deciphering label fables to make sure you are putting the right ingredients on your family menu.

Occasionally, guest bloggers and even the Laura’s staff will weigh-in to offer the scoop on contests, product development and an inside look at how we keep our promise to farm the way nature intended.

The coolest thing about keeping a blog is the community it forms, so if you have a question, an idea, a recipe or even a product suggestion to share, join the conversation by posting your comments and photos.

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Have a great day!
The folks at Laura’s

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31 Responses to Welcome to our blog!

  1. Cher says:

    What about GMO’s in the grains you feed them? Is it GMO free?

  2. Erica says:

    Thank you so much for doing what you do! It’s so nice to be able to run to Kroger and pick up ground beef that I can feel safe to feed my family. The quality is incredible and I’m so happy to have this option readily available rather than trying to figure out how in the heck I am going to store a half a cow in my freezer. Keep up the great work please :)

  3. Lynn says:

    Just read the reply above. What is the point of going to all the trouble to raise hormone-free, mostly grass-fed beef if you cannot be certain GMO grain will be kept out of their diet? You should try harder to obtain GMO-free sources of grain. If you’re going to feed your cows GMO grain like the feed lots do, I might as well just buy regular beef, right?

    • That is a great question Lynn. Only “certified organic” grains can be guaranteed GMO free. Since the majority of grains in the US contain GMO’s, and there is only a small supply of “certified organic” grains, there is not enough supply to sustain all the cattle in the Laura’s Lean Beef program on “certified organic” grains. Also, since grass does not grow year round in North America, it is impossible to sustain our cattle on grass alone. The majority of commodity beef cattle are fed grains their whole lives, never eating grass or grazing in open fields, in addition to receiving hormones and antibiotics. Laura’s Lean Beef feels it goes to all lengths, within our control, to provide a healthy and high quality product.

      I hope this helps answers your questions. If you would like to discuss further, please contact Melissa in our Consumer Affairs Department at 1-800-ITS-LEAN (1-800-487-5326) She will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

      • Diane says:

        I was thrilled to see your Beef labeled Hormone and antibiotic free at my local WalMart. I haven’t bought beef in a store in years. I’m disheartened to hear that you do not grass finish them but instead corn finish them with GMO corn. The independent studies done of GMOs continues to be stifled in this country. Most European countries have banned GMO corn and those that allow some other types of GMO food crops require labeling and protection of non-GMO crops. Not only are they bad for us, they are bad for our agriculture. I won’t buy your product and am back to buying from our local farmers who grass/hay finish their cattle, it’s worth the extra price, we just less and have it less often. I still have hope though.

        • Thank you for sharing your feedback and concerns with us Diane. As you may know, Laura’s Lean Beef is opposed to GMO’s and we ask our farmers to not plant genetically modified crops. Grains that are “certified organic” are the only way to guarantee no GMO, but unfortunately there is only a small supply available, and not enough to sustain all the cattle in the Laura’s Lean Beef program. Since there are no laws or requirements for labeling of GMO, and at present no system to separate genetically modified grains from traditional grains, it is impossible to avoid GMOs.

          Small farms are able to sustain a small amount of cattle on only grass, but since grass does not grow year round in North America, it is impossible to sustain a large amount of cattle on grass alone year round, therefore they must be supplemented with some grains.

          Laura’s Lean Beef cattle graze in open fields on only grass for the majority of their life, (about 1 to 1 and a half years) and are finished on grains, in addition to grasses, the last 90 to 120 days.  

          At Laura’s Lean Beef, we feel that we go to all lengths, within our control, to provide a healthy and high quality product. Again, we appreciate you sharing your thoughts and concerns, and hope there will be options to eliminate GMO grains in the future. If you would like to discuss further, please contact Melissa in our Consumer Affairs Department at 1-800-ITS-LEAN (1-800-487-5326). She is happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

      • sonya says:

        Then there is no difference in just picking up Kroger ground beef. Then I feel cheated having spent $6.69 per pound for laura’s that don’t say organic . I have been buying this brand for about four years. Shame on me. I guess all we can do is move forward for better choices for our families. I feel like I have been dooped not to mention robbed. My husband told me all along not to waste money. He said its only in a nice green healthy looking package just to fool me . He said its all the same that I am only paying for the package. Maybe he was right . I don’t know if that makes me sad or mad . (That he was right)

        • Thank you for sharing your concerns with us, Sonya. All ground beef is not equal. Generally, commodity beef is not held to the same standards as Laura’s Lean Beef which is naturally raised beef. Our cattle are never ever given any hormones or antibiotics. We also also require our farmers to invest in higher quality vegetarian feed, containing no animal byproducts and our partner farms are held to high humane handling standards, which exceed those required by federal regulation.

          The cost of beef production is currently at an all time high. Multiple environmental factors, including drought and severely cold weather, have had an effect on the pricing that translates to higher retail prices.  We do have a coupon available for download on our website for signing up to receive our newsletter at link to laurasleanbeef.com

          Laura’s now also offers a line of grass fed, organic certified beef.  If you would like to contact our customer service group at 1-800-487-5326 they can help determine if there are stores near you where this is available. We are happy to help you with any other questions or concerns. Feel free to reach out to us anytime M-F, 8am-5pm ET 800-487-5326.

  4. Tracey says:

    Hi. Thank you for being open and honest about what you feed your cows but I will no longer be feeding Laura’s to my family since they are fed GMO grains. There are too many uncertainties about GMO’s and I don’t want to be a guinea pig. I will look for your grass fed options on the future.

    • Lauren says:

      I totally agree – GMO’s make a big impact on meat – we are talking about eating Round-Up in our foods – pesticides to kill bugs genetically inserted into grains like corn. That poison goes into our bodies too, and this is all in the last two decades – we are an experiment – in wealth (ie easier to grow food, more food to sell -profit-more health issues, more pharmaceuticals -profit-).

      What’s the use of eating hormone free and antibiotic free if you’re still ingesting poison – literally.

      The price of Laura’s is almost equal to grass fed non gmo ground beef. I can get it at whole foods for $5.99lb.

  5. Linda says:

    While I appreciate your efforts, I will no longer be feeding my family Laura’s Beef. GMO’s are not an option.
    Thank you!

  6. Kathy says:

    I wish your beef was not fed GMO corn as well. We not longer eat meat from animals fed GMO’s. After only 6 months of an organic/GMO free diet my family has never been healthier. Please consider making strides to eliminate GMO feeds, if companies such as Laura’s Beef would have a demand for non -gmo grains, more farmers would grow such grain, supply and demand.

  7. Stacy says:

    I came here to see exactly what “vegetarian fed” means on your label, and I agree with the commenters above who say we will pass while you still use gmo grains. I prefer grassfed but will accept grain if that grain is gmo-free. Furthermore, we tire of the “can’t feed the world….not enough product…without GMO” mantra that just isn’t true. If you are willing to buy enough non-gmo feed, there are those willing to sell it to you! I’m not a farmer, and I could tell you one supplier to start with off the top of my head. How about Fertrell?

    • Hi Stacy, When we say vegetarian fed, we mean that the animal is fed only grasses and grain/forage. We do not allow any animal byproducts in the feed.

      We do offer a certified organic product line, Laura’s Grass-Fed Organic Beef. ( link to laurasleanbeef.com ) The National Organic Program prohibits the use of GMO’s, so this may be a product which would fit your needs. It has been in our best interest to actively explore the availability of certified organic feed, and we will continue to do so. Just as with Laura’s Lean Beef, our certified organic cattle are being raised by independent farmers who have already been facing the challenges of limited availability of organic feed. We were pioneers almost 30 years ago, and are today recognized leaders in bringing sustainably-produced food to market. We only permit the use of vegetarian feed, and we have a strong stance against the use of antibiotics, steroids, and beta agonists, as well as a strict humane handling program to ensure the wellness of our cattle. We are strongly committed to naturally-raised, healthy beef. I hope this helps answer your questions. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. We are also available to help right away by phone M-F 8am-5pm EDT at 1-800-ITS-LEAN.

  8. Angela says:

    I am disheartened to find that you are still using GMOs to finish your beef… I assume you have seen the devastating effects that GMOs have been proven to have in lab animals, and I cannot imagine that a company truly caring about their animals and people would still choose to use them.. Even if it means cutting back of the number of cows you have and/ or use… Cottonseed, corn, and soy are all genetically modified… They pose a serious risk to the future of our entire system because they are killing bee populations, among other things… I commend your attempt to grow healthier beef by raising grass fed cows, but it is companies like yours that are propagating the growing trend for GMOs, despite the risks… The only way to eliminate GMOs is to refuse to buy them… I.. Unfortunately.. Have no choice but to add your company to the list to avoid… I’m sorry… You aren’t doing enough…

    • We understand the concerns surrounding the use of Genetically Modified Organisms and appreciate interest in this topic. In response to the growing demand for grass-fed beef, we developed a new product line, Laura’s Grass-fed Organic Beef. It was just rolled out last year. It currently offers ground beef, steaks, roasts, and stew meat. If you would like help finding these products in your area, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-ITS-LEAN (1-800-487-5326).

  9. Magen says:

    I am very happy to have read this and appreciate the honestly in reference to your animal feed. I must say it is unfortunate to find that your efforts stop at that level and to read the typical “there is no law requiring the labeling of GMO use.” Supply and demand is a big factor I understand, but for the labeling excuse I will find the next product. If a company is against the use of GMO’s I should not have to do the research to discover the truth. I believe a company should want to inform their customer either way.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I just saw on Facebook that the new website was up and that there would be a blog as well. I’m excited! I’m looking forward to tips and recipes. 2010 has brought changes for my husband and I, including our diet. Laura’s Lean Beef is the only beef we buy now.
    Just recently I purchased a box of the preformed burger patties. They are wonderful and so easy for just two people! I can pop two out of the fridge and throw them right on the grill – no mess, no excess beef to vacuum seal and freeze (which happens sometimes when I need less than a pound of beef). Thanks for offering this option in your product line.
    I would like to share a tip that I’ve picked up from your products this year. When you want to add just a little beef to spaghetti sauce or chili – and especially if you are cooking for 2 or 3 people – the preformed burgers are great. They are just the right amount, and so easy if you are trying to make a quick meal!

    Thanks again and best of luck with the blog!

    Holly Scheppe

  11. Anonymous says:

    You guys have the best beef hands down and it’s very competitively priced with the other major brands. Thanks for producing such a high quality product.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Just stopping in to say keep up the good work.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have not seen it listed, but I imagine this is grass fed beef only and not fed with other stuff

  14. Laura's Lean Beef says:

    Good question – our cattle are mostly fed pasture grasses, but they are given some grains, grain silage, legumes and other vegetable matter to supplement. The main reason we do this is the weather – we sell our beef fresh, so we need to be able to feed our cattle throughout the year. Feel free to give us a call (1-800-ITS-LEAN) if there’s anything else we can help you with.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Laura, I read the ingredients and their preparation for the London Broil. Part of the ingredients are put together with the steak but nothing is listed for the remainder of the ingredients.


  16. Laura's Lean Beef says:

    Hi Bill – We have two recipes for London Broil on our website – a short version and a long version. The long version has the complete recipe. You can find it here: link to laurasleanbeef.com. Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I just love the beef. I remember this kind of beef as a young person growing up where we had a lot of beef in our daily diet. Even though now I limit my beef, Laura’s beef is the best I’ve tasted to date. I would love to see your beef available at Wegman’s, our main supermarket that offers everything from a to z, literally. There is only one place I can get Laura’s and it is not my regular shopping place. I hope you can sell in Wegmans. If not I will just go to this store and buy the beef. Thank you,

    Grace Coppola
    Endicott, NY

  18. Laura's Lean Beef says:

    Hi Grace! Thanks so much for you kind words. We love our beef too! I have two suggestions to help you get our product in the Wegmans store near you:

    1. Talk to the meat manager there. More than likely, he/she will be interested in carrying products that the stores patrons want. The more folks who ask about Laura’s Lean Beef at the store the better!
    2. Call us! Janet or Lisa in our office will be happy to help you. Our number is 1.800.ITS.LEAN.

    Keep us posted on your progress! Happy cooking!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Funny Holly mentions using preformed patties in other dishes, my wife and I discovered this by necessity and find ourselves using them in dishes all the time. Strangely enough, a hamburger on a bun is becoming a secondary use. Thanks Laura’s for the great brand and products.


  20. Laura's Lean Beef says:

    Thank you for your blog response and your interest in our lean, all-natural beef where the cattle are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, and are fed an all-vegetarian diet.

    We do feed our cattle primarily on grasses, but we also supplement with a variety of alfalfa hay, cottonseed meal, corn silage, oats and soybean meal during the last 90-120 days. Seasonal and weather issues (e.g., snowy winters, drought times in the summer) necessitate the use of grain feeding. As you may know, we sell our beef fresh, and because of this we need to sustain our cattle supply throughout the year.

    As for the heart check symbol – The following healthy beef products have been certified by the American Heart Association: Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round, 96% Lean Ground Sirloin, Sirloin Steak, Beef Pot Roast Au Jus, and Shredded Beef with Barbecue Sauce. This gives full, legal right to use the heart check symbol.

    If we can be of further assistance please contact us at 1-800-ITS-LEAN. (1-800-487-5326)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Can someone let us know? I also heard you are illegally using the “heart check symbol”. Please Respond!

  22. Niki says:

    Are the corn, soy and other meals gmo free?

  23. Hi Niki — We ask our farmers not to plant genetically engineered corn and soybeans. However, at times some of our farmers must purchase corn and soybeans from commercial silos. As part of our program we check this feed for pesticide residues, in addition to antibiotics and growth hormones. Since the federal government requires no labeling for GMOs, and at present there is no system for keeping genetically engineered grain separate from traditional grain, we cannot ensure that all our cattle feed is free of GMOs. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-ITS-LEAN if you have any other questions and Lisa or Melissa can help you!

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